(WLFI) — The Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) announced Friday that all 2020 ISSMA Live Marching Band events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a press release from ISSMA, the executive committee determined that the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and state and local officials could not be effectively put in place to ensure a safe environment for students, directors, supporting personnel, adjudicators, workers, and spectators at a live marching band event.
"The ISSMA Executive Committee and the ISSMA State Board acknowledge the disappointment that will be felt by students, directors, family members and supporters of Indiana High School Marching Bands. It is our fervent hope that we will be able to return to live Marching Band events in the fall of 2021 and assist our member schools in carrying on the proud heritage of marching bands in the State of Indiana."
ISSMA is continuing to investigate if a virtual option is possible.