University of Montana COVID-19 Oral History Project

Letter B Interview, June 19, 2020


Michael Larmann



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


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

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana COVID-19 Oral History Project, OH 475, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 475-019

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 (01:08:29 min.): digital + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:08:29 minutes

Local Filename

OH_475_019.mp3; OH_475_019.pdf

Letter B Interview, June 19, 2020