The Huntington band fraternity drew a little bit closer together when Blue Devil marching band members and J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth grade band musicians worked together last week.
The idea was developed by music teachers Jessica Castaneda, Jason Giachetti and Brian Stellato, who all have longtime associations with the high school marching band and their Finley counterpart, Christopher Scarnato. The initiative saw 75 Finley eighth graders attend a workshop at the high school, followed by a Blue Devil marching band performance.
“This was meant to support the sequential music curriculum between Finley and the high school and to provide an opportunity for the students to meet each other, where they could begin to form a connection culturally and in friendship,” explained Eric Reynolds, district director of fine and performing arts.
The day began with an instrumental music workshop led by the music teachers, Blue Devil marching band drum majors and the band’s senior leaders. “Students learned warm-up and performance techniques on their instruments and even worked on the first section of the current marching band music,” Mr. Reynolds said.
The Band Parents Association of Huntington treated participants to lunch, which was followed by a stirring Blue Devil marching band performance. “The band performed a complete musical run-through of the competitive show with visuals provided by the color guard,” Mr. Reynolds said.
Huntington High School Principal Brenden Cusack and Finley Principal John Amato played key roles in allowing the initiative to move from the conceptual stage to fruition.
“This was an exciting, enriching and memorable day for all involved,” Mr. Reynolds said. “It was a pleasure welcoming the next generation of Huntington Blue Devil marching band members and hosting the current ones during this wonderful day of education and music.”