Appalachian State University announced on Thursday that to protect the health and safety of band members, student-athletes, staff and potential spectators, the Marching Mountaineers will not perform live in the stadium during App State football games this fall.

According to a statement from App State Athletic Director Doug Gillan, this decision was made jointly by university officials, the Hayes School of Music and App State Athletics, with guidance from Sun Belt Conference and public health policies, to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Other traditional game day elements are also being impacted and will be announced before the season.

Gillan said "we are all working together to identify new and creative ways to safely incorporate the Marching Mountaineers into athletics events this fall."