The Long Island Music Hall of Fame has recognized Huntington High School’s music program as one of the best anywhere.
The storied institution named Huntington a “Gold level High School Music Program of Excellence” after reviewing everything from course offerings to recommendations submitted by a parent, teacher and the district’s department director.
“We are so incredibly proud of our outstanding music students and staff,” Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “This is a genuinely well-deserved honor that is indicative of the ever-increasing quality and success of our music programs throughout the district. It is certainly something to celebrate.”
Eric Reynolds is Huntington's district director of fine and performing arts.
“The Long Island Music Hall of Fame school recognition program is designed to identify LI High School music programs that are creating notable music experiences for their students and that are incorporating the national and New York State standards for the arts in creative and meaningful ways,” according to the organization’s website.
The Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s selection committee cited Huntington’s variety of music ensembles and student opportunities, including the Blue Devil marching band and the high school’s national Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter. Music rehearsal and performance facilities were also evaluated.
“The involvement and achievement of Huntington High School students in regional and state music festivals was recognized by the selection committee,” said Eric Reynolds, district director of fine and performing arts. “The committee also cited the dedication found from the music faculty and administration as well as the notable community and board of education support for music education at the high school.”
Huntington High School’s music department will be formally recognized during a ceremony at Northport High School on Monday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.
One of Huntington’s performing ensembles will participate in the ceremony along with high school and department representatives. The ceremony will include the presentation of a display banner commemorating the gold level designation.