Jack McGrath and J.J. Angelo – 23 Sports

The University of Missouri marching band will not be in-person at the remaining Mizzou home football games this season according to an email sent to members of Marching Mizzou.

The decision comes in concurrence with the university’s move to place all classes online for the remainder of the semester following Thanksgiving break due to rising COVID-19 cases on campus.

There will also be no in-person attendance by Mini Mizzou, the smaller band ensemble, at men’s basketball games until at least January 19th of 2021 which is the first day of spring classes at the university. Mizzou men’s basketball plays against South Carolina that day.

The email from Director of Athletic Bands Dr. Amy Knopps says that “We are still in dialogue with the SEC Task Force to gain approval to function as normal for basketball.”

For football, the band currently plans to have “a virtual presence at each remaining game” if those games are still able to be played.

“This means for our remaining performances/games on November 28 (vs. Arkansas), December 12 (vs. Vanderbilt) and potentially on December 19 (vs. Georgia if they are not in the title game) we will have only a virtual presence at the game” said the email.

Though the SEC announced the approval of a possible December 19 make-up date, Mizzou’s scheduling of the Georgia football matchup has not yet been confirmed.

Marching Mizzou will still be heard at Faurot Field before, during, and halfway through the games. However, this will come only through pre-recorded videos.

MUTV has reached out to band directors for additional comment and is still awaiting a response.

 

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