HOW BARRY HOUSER HELPED CREATE A UNIQUE MASK FOR HIS BAND.

Barry Houser, Director of Marching Illini at the University of Illinois talks about his custom-developed product for his band, the band gaiter.

When the pandemic hit, there were many questions about what they were going to be able to do move things forward and to continue to play in a safe manner.

 “The recommendation for wearing a mask was a challenge for brass and woodwind players. There were no masks designed for the playing of an instrument, so some students were cutting slits into paper masks, Houser said.

“That’s not necessarily the most sustainable or safest way to find a solution. If you cut the slit too wide, there’s still a chance for the particles to escape,” he said.

So he designed a custom face covering for musicians: a gaiter with a slit for a variety of mouthpieces to fit. The fabric around the mouthpiece has flexibility so it is form-fitting, and there is an extra layer of fabric around the mouth. The face covering is universal and can be used with any wind instrument.” Jodi Heckel, Illinois News Bureau.

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