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Photo Gallery: NCHS drumline thrills assisted living residents

The NCHS drumline performs for residents of Mountain Plaza Assisted Living & Memory Care residents on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – It only took 15 minutes of playing before the bandages came out.

It’s been months since the NCHS drumline played together, and calluses on fingers have long since vanished.

“The last time we played would’ve been in March,” said director Shawn Weis. After COVID-19 shut down schools, all extra curricular activities suddenly ended. With no sports, there’s no drumline.

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But on Wednesday afternoon at Mountain Plaza Assisted Living & Memory Care, it sounded like March madness all over again.

Assisted living residents have also been in lockdown since March. They are the most vulnerable population to the virus, and visitation has been strongly curtailed, along with activities such as musical performances.

“We thought this would be something we could do at a distance and give them some entertainment, so we put it together,” said Weis.

Drumline member Jack Larson originally brought up the idea after a social distance visit with his grandparents, who are residents at the center.

“We just noticed that all the residents here are so bored just sitting in their rooms day after day,” said Larson. “My mom and I thought this would be a lot of fun to do.”

About 10 drumline members were able to show up, a little more than half of the group. The rest couldn’t get off of work, said Weis.

“They’re glad to see each other for sure,” he said before their short but raucous performance. “Hopefully we remember everything because it’s been a while.”

“We’ll make some noise for sure.”