9th graders who had 8th grade band this year, which was really 6th grade part 2 and part of a 7th grade band year, and part of 6th grade.
10th graders who will play circles around those 9th graders, but whose freshman year was disrupted by this year's shenanigans. Oh and they lost their 8th grade year.
11th graders who lost the end of their 8th grade year, basically had no freshman year, and their sophomore years were catch-as-catch-can,
and Seniors who had one half year of normal high school band, one virtual year, and one year of whatever this year is.
This is going to set many HS programs back nearly a decade, and many people seem to think we can just bully our way through it. We need to communicate and make sure our communities know that band WILL NOT look the same for the next year, maybe two, maybe THREE.
The ultra-dedicated and/or ultra-wealthy will remain at the top of the class. But for those middle of the road to struggling programs, this next five to ten years is going to be a complete rebuild across the board.
We don't need to give up - we need to keep pushing. But we also need to make sure that admin and supporters know that success may look, feel, and sound a LOT different for the foreseeable future. Rome wasn't built in a day - but a good portion of it was burned down in one.