Bands marches again

Queen's Bands play at the Car-Harris Cup last night. The Bands have been fully reinstated after being suspended in November for circulating inappropriate materials.
Queen's Bands play at the Car-Harris Cup last night. The Bands have been fully reinstated after being suspended in November for circulating inappropriate materials.

Queen’s Bands performed at the K-Rock Centre during the Carr-Harris Cup last night. Approximately 75 members played music from the stands throughout the game and spread across the arena to perform dances and songs between periods.

“It’s great to be back,” one Bands member said, adding that the bands made their official return during an orientation ceremony for exchange students on Jan. 15.

“We’ll be playing more events on campus, like basketball and volleyball games” he said. “We’re going to the St. Patrick’s Day parade [in Montreal on March 18].”

The group was suspended on Nov. 17 after inappropriate Bands materials were brought to the attention of the University.

The bands member said the groups had been practicing privately during the suspension.

The Journal reported on Nov. 18 that the University had asked the Bands to create an action plan to ensure a similar situation didn’t happen again in the future. They were also obligated to complete human rights and equity training.

Provost and vice-principal of academics Alan Harrison said the University and the AMS were equally involved in the reinstatement of the bands.

“This is a joint decision,” he said.

The bands have satisfied the sanctions put forth by the University in November, Harrison said.

“There were some requirements that they had to meet and they met the requirements.” Harrison said he wasn’t aware if any bands members have been implicated or reprimanded for the distribution of the internal materials that were deemed inappropriate.

Harrison also said he didn’t know when the decision was reached to reinstate Queen’s Bands.

The Bands will not receive further restrictions, he said.

“It will be exactly where it was in September.”

Harrison said the University is happy with the progress made by the group.

“A lot of work has gone into meeting the conditions that were imposed and the executive of the bands has demonstrated commitment to this,” he said. “We’re very pleased with both the process and the outcome.”

AMS President Morgan Campbell said there was no deadline for the bands to be reinstated.

“Basically when they met all the conditions, that’s when it was done,” Campbell, ArtSci ’11, said, adding that it was always the intention to have Queen’s Bands reinstated.

“That was exactly the plan as laid out by the conditions when they were set in the fall,” she said.

The AMS is fully supportive of the bands, Campbell said.

“The AMS sincerely commends the leadership that the bands executive has shown,” she said. “In terms of changes being made, it’s all been bands-initiated and bands-led.”

-— With files from Gilbert Coyle and Katherine Fernandez-Blance

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