The final bell hasn’t sounded on the current school year, but the Huntington High School marching band is planning for next fall’s competitive season.
Underclassmen are already honing their skills and summer training is planned. Jessica Castaneda is returning as the Blue Devil band’s director with Brian Stellato set to reprise his role as assistant director.
The band seeks perfection each year. The Blue Devils always look to improve from week to week and aim for the state title at the New York State Field Band Conference championships in Syracuse every fall. The 2017 campaign will be no different.
The band will once again march in Huntington’s Homecoming Day parade and perform at halftime of several football games. The Blue Devils will also perform their field show in the following competitions:
• September 17: Brentwood
• September 24: Copiague
• September 30: Malverne
• October 1: Huntington High School home show
• October 8: Arlington
• October 15: Sachem
• October 21: Mineola
• October 29: State championships at Syracuse Carrier Dome
The lineup of bands being invited to participate in the Blue Devils’ home show has not yet been revealed, but previous home shows have included many of the top bands on Long Island and in the metropolitan area. Past shows have attracted crowds numbering in the thousands of spectators.
Ms. Castaneda announced the band’s student leadership earlier this spring. Katie Riley, Mardnie Mentor and Jamie Rosenbauer will serve as the Blue Devils’ drum majors. Adina Kirkland will be the field major.
The band’s student leadership includes flute section leaders Katharine Kitzen and Alyssa Befumo; clarinet section leaders Peter Ciccone and Mathew Hearl; alto sax section leader Nathan Gamboa; low reed section leader Meagan Malone; mello section leaders Adina Kirkland and Amelia Reilly; trumpet section leaders Aidan McCooey and Ryan Marques; low brass section leaders Kenny Fajardo and James Obermaier.
Aidan McCooey will serve as the brass captain with Meagan Malone as the woodwind captain. Arashdeep Singh will be the drum captain. Will Fallon and Nancy Glascock will lead the pit section. Sofia Martinez will be the color guard captain.