Two seasons have been added to the cancellation list due to COVID-19 this week as it was announced that the Dodge City A's baseball season and Dodge City Cowboy Band seasons would be canceled.

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Two seasons have been added to the cancellation list due to COVID-19 this week as it was announced that the Dodge City A's baseball season and Dodge City Cowboy Band seasons would be canceled.


"The Board of the Dodge City Cowboy Band has met and it is with deep sadness that they announce the cancellation of their 2020 season," band member Doug Austen said in a news release. "There were lots of issues related to performance this summer including unavailable rehearsal space, inability to adequately social distance a band, and just general safety of the band members.


"The group plans to present their Christmas concert in December. It was a tough decision for those of us that love the band and what it means for community pride. But we have to err on the side of caution for now.”


The Cowboy Band began in 1879 when Chalkley Beeson formed the first Dodge City Cowboy Band.


In the 1880s, the band also traveled to Denver, Kansas City and Washington, D.C., when they were part of the inaugural parade for President Benjamin Harrison.


Dodge City A's


In a news release from Dodge City A's board president Glenn Kerbs, it was announced that the 2020 baseball season would be canceled.


According to Kerbs, the A's play in the Kansas Collegiate Baseball League and last week the league announced its cancellation of league play for this summer.


"The current Dodge City A's baseball program began in 2007," Kerbs said. "It was our goal then and it remains our purpose to bring top notch collegiate baseball to our community while providing a quality opportunity for college baseball players to develop their skills and experience the many good things our community has to offer.


"With the COVID-19 pandemic, the board decided our purpose for A's baseball cannot be accomplished in a safe and positive way this summer.


"The A's baseball program is blessed with dedicated and caring host families, loyal fans, generous sponsors and over the years many quality young baseball players. The health and well-being of everyone is most important to us during these unusual times.


"A's baseball is looking forward to the 2021 summer season. We appreciate each family and every individual who supports the Dodge City A's."


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