Latest COVID-19 Updates

Updated: 9/06/2020

A message from Dr. Ishbah Cox


We’ve made it through an entire performance cycle, where all of our students have finally performed. Both half of the bands have had their chance, and both bands put on wonderful performances. Although it has not been ideal, we have worked through this situation without major issues. I’m thankful for good health and any opportunity to make music again. As I mentioned to many of you before, there are many student musicians and music educators throughout the state and beyond who have not and most likely will not perform this fall, because of what we are facing. We are blessed to have successfully navigated our positive experiences, and doing this the best and safest way we know how.

Note: Other programs may do things differently, but we will continue to do what will work for us. As the Director of Bands, I want to make the decisions that will be the safest and best for our unique program, with the support and guidance of my staff and our administration, specifically, Mr. Trond Smith and Mr. Brett Diehl. In other words, some of the things that you will see take place by other programs we may or may not try, because it may or may not be the best situation for us. I am sure other programs will see what we will do and opt not try or possibly consider giving what we do try. Because we do not have a uniform mandate, and I making the judgment to best fit the needs of the Orange Program, and I remain hopeful that things will continue to go well.

With that being said, I have been thinking about additional performances that will meet our program’s needs, and these are some of the ones that we will work to schedule:


Mask Mandates


Masks must be worn at all times unless it hinders you from performing what we are asking you to do. If there are any individual health concerns regarding the use of masks please make me aware of this as soon as possible so we can identify the student with the appropriate wristband.


Upcoming rehearsals


Here’s snapshot of things to come. Please note that the calendar is subject to change. You will see the updated August Calendar along with September’s Calendar as of today

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Dates to Remeber


- September 11th | First Responder Tribute
- September 18th | Senior Night
- September 25th | Back Together Again Performance
- Mid-to-late October | FNL Moves outdoors! (Pioneer Stadium)
- October 30 | Spend Halloween with the Marching Pioneers!
- December 12th | Performing Arts Holiday Extravaganza

First Responder Tribute

A chance for the Marching Pioneers to honor and salute the brave first responders who serve our community!

Please see Program update #6 for event locations


Friday, September 11th 3:00pm

Orange Township Fire Station 362 - Lewis Center
2:35pm Health Check In and Meet at Practice Field in Summer Uniform with Instrument
3:00pm Warm up and Tune
3:15pm Walk (social distanced) on pedestrian path as a group
3:30pm First Responders Tribute Performance at Orange Township Fire Station 362 7307 South Old Sate, Lewis Center
4:00pm Return to OOHS by way of the pedestrian path
We will perform in the grassy area on the south side of the station near the original townhall building. Parents and Community members are encouraged to park at the Orange Township Hall (1680 East Orange Road) and utilize the walking path to travel to the performance area.

Friday, September 11th 6:00pm

Orange Township Fire Station 361 - Delaware
6:00pm Arrive at North Orange Park and Aquatic Center (transportation is on your own)
6:10pm Warm up and Tune
6:20pm Walk as a group to 7700 Gooding Blvd.
6:30pm First Responders Tribute Performance at Orange Township Fire Station 361 7700 Gooding Boulevard, Delaware
7:00pm Return to park and home
We will perform in the grassy area on the south side of the station and across from Nationwide Children’s Hospital Lewis Center Close to Home Center with Emergency Department.

Uniform Requirements

NO EXCEPTIONS! Please have your summer uniform clean and ready to wear on Friday. NO other backpacks or bags may be worn. BRING A LARGE WATER BOTTLE in your navy-blue drawstring bag for both performances. Water will not be available or distributed at either performance location. YOU are required to provide your own water.


Uniform: Gray shirt, blue shorts, black no show socks, black band shoes with navy-blue drawstring bag.
Girls: Hair in French braid with natural color hair ties. If you need help with your hair, ask a friend or band parent.
Boys: Long hair pulled back into a ponytail or manbun. Clean shaven.
Earrings: Gold, Silver or Blue studs only. No watches, bracelets, facial piercings or gauges. We MUST look uniform

Program Update Downloads


Marching Pioneers Program Update #3

Click here to view the full update from July 26, 2020

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Marching Pioneers Program Update #3.1

Click here to view the full update from August 2, 2020

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Marching Pioneers Program Update #4

Click here to view the full update from August 8, 2020

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Marching Pioneers Program Update #5

Click here to view the full update from August 16, 2020

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Marching Pioneers Program Update #6

Click here to view the full update from September 6, 2020

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