In its commitment to help school band and music programs continue while adhering to health and safety standards, Gator is now offering instrument and face cover solutions that follow recommendations from the NFHS (National Federation of State High Schools) study. Gator’s product designs incorporated the study findings and insights.
Gator’s new double-layered wind instrument face masks allow for full playability while greatly reducing the spread of aerosols. Gator’s instrument face masks pair with their instrument bell covers to help provide full protection for students and educators during the COVID pandemic.
Like the bell covers, these masks were designed in accordance with the recommendations from the National Federation of State High Schools’ (NFHS) scientific study on aerosols.
“The bell covers are very helpful in keeping instrument players safe, but there is still potential exposure if you’re not wearing a mask,” said Rob McCoy, director of product management. “We wanted to provide full protection, so we designed the masks using the data and findings from the NFHS study to create an effective product that helps musicians stay safe while still playing.”
James Weaver, NFHS director of Performing Arts and Sports and study chair said, “Gator was attentive to our recommendations from the International Performing Arts Aerosol Study. They took a listen-test-and-learn approach to create products that effectively address the findings of the study.”
The masks are designed with a front flap opening for easy playing while staying safe. They are available in youth and adult sizes. The cotton flap mouth opening has magnetic connections to keep it open or closed. They have adjustable straps for comfort and are reusable and hand-washable.
Gator’s double-layered instrument bell covers feature a pocket for a replaceable MERV 13 filter (included). The covers are made from a breathable, non-woven polypropylene fabric with little to no back pressure or acoustic loss during performance. The fabric and the filter are expected to greatly reduce the spread of aerosols.
Together, the bell cover and instrument face mask provide full protection for students and orchestra players.