Musicians Katie Condon, Jordan Lane, Lhanna Writesel, Josh Hungate, Dillon Johns of the Missoula-based band Letter B discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their summer touring plans and their individual lives. This interview was the first time in nearly three months that these five band members had seen each other in person. Jordan Lane explains how the pandemic affected their local performances and canceled their summer “Learn to Live with It” tour throughout the Pacific Northwest. Band members reflect on musicians live streaming their music during the pandemic. In addition, Dillon Johns shares his perspective as an elementary school music teacher and explains the adjustments to online learning and teaching. Band members discuss the impact that the pandemic has had on their music and how it might influence them moving forwards. They share their excitement at the possibility of playing together again when they believe it is safe.
COVID-19 pandemic; Global pandemic; Public history; Western Montana; Coronavirus pandemic; Public health and safety; Missoula County; Montana public health; Social distancing; Masks; Music, Missoula; Pacific Northwest; Touring; Music Industry; Elementary school education; Online learning; Online teaching; Live performances
University of Montana COVID-19 Oral History Project, OH 475, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Condon, Katie and Lane, Jordan, "Letter B Interview, June 19, 2020" (2020). University of Montana COVID-19 Oral History Project. 18.