I'm actually more concerned for the future. I have seen some states are planning to start school online. Now T.B.A. is going online. I'm afraid after this, our summer convention will be a thing of the past. I'll be really surprised if vendors readily jump back on next year after this hiatus. I know of two that were going to be there this year that have now said with it being cancelled, they don't think attendance will make it worth it in the future. I'm just afraid this decision will have dire future consequences that may or may not have been considered.
I don't feel that old at 52, and I embrace technology. I always have. However, I still remember learning to be a better band director from my first few years hanging out at the coffee room at Caldwell Music in Abilene with all the "wealth of knowledge" band directors. That doesn't even happen anymore. Heck, I remember taking a trolly from the convention center to the T.B.A. BBQ at the old brewery. I guess I am getting old.
Personally, I've learned lots from Zoom meetings and other virtual clinics, and I will continue to take advantage of that. However, I just didn't want to lose the actual face-to-face time at the convention, catching up with and learning from friends, hearing bands perform new music in person, seeing new things in the convention center and visiting with the vendors in person, selecting music in person instead of talking to an idiot on the phone that doesn't understand the difference in a score for a UIL piece of music for contest and a universal band score (if you're curious, ask the band director at Ft. Stockton-HAHA).
Some have suggested I go on to San Antonio during that time. My wife always comes with me and does the spouse stuff, too. However, I'm not used to paying for the hotel, paying for my meals, and paying for my transportation because I've always taught at schools that provide that for me. I'm not sure if I can afford that, but even if I did, it wouldn't be nearly the same.
Again, thank you all for letting me vent!