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High school drumline hopes video encourages safety during pandemic

With the number of coronavirus cases going up, some students at a California high school put together a video they hope serves as a wake-up call.

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With the number of coronavirus cases going up in their area, some students at a California high school put together a video they hope serves as a wake-up call.

Grant Union High School's 24-member drumline recently put together a public service announcement encouraging their peers to wear a mask.

"People are taking it as a joke and there's really people who are getting sick and the numbers are getting higher and it's just going to get worse if we don't wear our masks and be safe," said Delana Justiniani, a member of the drumline. "There's parties and people going out, people not social distancing at all, so we need to take it serious."

"I don't take it lightly because it is serious and it could affect my family and everybody else's family as well," added Sarina Bermudez, another drumline member.

Drumline instructor James Van Buren said his students' national recognition for their talent gives them the power to reach more young people.

"I felt it was compelling since we had a platform and people know Grant drumline," he said. "We've been on Jimmy Kimmel, we've been all over the world. We had to make this announcement to save our community, to save our city, to save our state, to save our nation."

The video has been viewed more than 100,000 times and the students are hoping it reaches even more people.

"Anybody who sees the video, maybe it plants a seed in their head and makes them think about what's really going on and how serious the situation is," Bermudez said.

The longer infection rates increase, the longer it will be until members of the drumline can get back to school and perform again, she added.

"I hope that this video brings attention to the younger audience because I know we can be a little stubborn at times," Justiniani said. "Most people who get Covid are under the age of 35, and I'm only 17, so that could be me, that could be my friends, that could be the whole school, so we need to social distance and we need to stay safe."