Here's the truth - we probably shouldn't be starting up as normal. This comes as someone whose whole life revolves around teaching our band program. Should it? Probably not, but I basically go to work, home, sleep, repeat like so many others. It scares me and leaves me feeling anxious about the unknowns here.
That being said - you said it in the last paragraph - this is Texas... Tuning into the Legislative council confirmed what I had been hearing that UIL was bound and determined to have football this fall. Listening to Dr. Breithaupt speak it couldn't be more clearer that we're going to ignore safety for the sake of getting there. He very clearly stated he sees us having a normal football with full stadiums and bands in the stands!
Add that to the governor's decision the other day and you are seeing everything add up to this I think.
Texas is going to open up like normal and sacrifice whatever lives it needs to get back to normal. Football for UIL, and the economy for Texas, are the only things that are cared about. Some may reason that the economy is worth opening schools for... I have a hard time, even with my strong belief that it's a bad idea, denying that. The problems I have is that you could follow what other countries have done and not open 'normally' to keep things down. Abbot made it clear that he's not caring about that. Masks are for the weak, and he's not going to mandate those. Screening of symptoms is not needed - just let the virus run its course...
I see one of two scenarios playing out right now:
1) Our current outbreak explodes so far that hospitals are over run and this becomes moot.
2) We go back in the fall and October/November we are back out while no one can determine flu versus COVID.
There's actually a third, and sadly it may be more likely, and that's nothing plays it safe and closes at all again and we just run the course and let people die. Sadly, I think many in power believe that's the better plan. I hate it because of my colleagues, family, and friends that by odds at least a couple of them will end up with severe cases and likely die.
Any other state in the US I think you would be right that band will not go back to normal. Here in Texas? 'Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead!' Football and band most likely will keep on steaming ahead no matter what. That's pretty much how I'm planning things to go for the year at this point...