Dear Members of the LA Winds Family,
Let me begin by reminding all of us to continue putting into practice all of the safety guidelines that have been set forth by the medical community. Far better to err on the side of caution than to risk jeopardizing our health, the health of our families and the health of our community at large.
In my last communication to all of you on March 12th, I mentioned that our March 15th concert would be cancelled, but I held out some hope that other scheduled events might go on as originally planned. Obviously, the spread of this pandemic and its unknown longevity now make it impossible to plan with any certainty dates and times for any future LA Winds events.
We all know that this national (and international) tragedy will pass in time…. we just don’t know when that time will come.
Rest assured that we will not set any date or time for our next meetings until we are certain that no one is in danger of contracting this insidious disease. Also, be aware that any one of you who are reluctant to meet as a group sometime in the future should stay home (as we hope you are doing now) until you feel comfortable in a large group setting, regardless of any scheduled events.
Finally, I’m reminded of the fact that a number of us (myself included) oftentimes don’t appreciate what we have until it is taken away from us. In this case, our ability to reinforce the bonds of love, friendship and camaraderie that exist among our families, neighbors and colleagues has been taken out of our hands. And now we add to that the loss of our ability to share our artistry with each other and the hundreds of appreciative concertgoers who also make up an important part of our LA Winds family.
I’ll keep you informed of any changes as the situation develops, and you can check the member portal section of the LA Winds website for any schedule information at www.lawinds.com/member-portal (Password lasw), but in the meantime let me know if there is anything I can do to help. And above all, stay well.
Stephen P. Piazza
Los Angeles Symphonic Winds