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Students run through music during Friday's practice.

Madison Southern's football field will once more be filled with music pretty soon.

On May 6 at 6 p.m., Madison Southern will be hosting their Spring Concert.

It will be the very first in-person concert they have had since their Christmas Concert in 2019.

David Ratliff, director of bands, said the concert will be held in the football stadium, but instead of the field, the band will be performing on the running track, which will be closer to the bleachers.

This, Ratliff said, will allow for spectators to stay safe and socially distant while still being able to enjoy the concert.

“We’re pretty excited to be able to get back to playing live music again,” Ratliff said.

The band director said everyone is excited for the chance to get back to performing in-person and practicing in-person as well.

“You can do band over zoom,” Ratliff said. “But it is pretty tricky. It is definitely a different feeling when you’re in a room with a bunch of people playing rather than sitting in your bedroom looking at a computer screen.”

Ratliff explained, in previous years, the school had enough students in the band to create two different groups for concerts. These groups would play around four or five songs each. However, with COVID-19 restrictions and fewer students in the band, the Spring 2021 Concert will only have one group of band members performing.

Ratliff said the band will likely perform four songs.

This outdoor performance does not only give the school a chance to have an in-person concert again. It also lets them prepare for other, more extensive, outdoor concerts.

“I’ll be honest, I’m kind of interested to see what it’s going to sound like outdoors,” Ratliff said. “We just found out our graduation will be outdoors for the first time. So this will help us prepare for when we play then.”

Ratliff told The Register the Spring Concert will be open to the public, and there will be no admission fees.

“Anyone can come,” Ratliff said.

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