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Blue Devils to Compete in Home Show

The Huntington High School marching band and color guard will vie for a first place trophy this Sunday when 11 high school bands descend on Blue Devil Stadium for Big Blue's annual home show.

The Blue Devil band has enjoyed three consecutive weeks of competitive success, with two first place finishes and a second place effort last weekend at Arlington High School.

Each of the metropolitan area bands set to compete has been working to perfect their respective field show. The full throttled sounds and colorful pageantry that accompanies a marching band of 100 or more highly trained musicians is impressive, even for regular band followers.

Sunday's home show will run from 12-3 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the gate for $6. A variety of food and refreshments will be on sale including hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and hot pretzels. Blue Devil marching band merchandise will also be available for purchase

Huntington senior Mallory Martilla, co-captain of the color guard, will sing the Star-Spangled Banner to open the festivities. The Highsteppers, the high school's competitive dance team, will also perform during the show.

In addition to the Blue Devils, high school bands from Levittown, Walt Whitman, Sachem, Garden City, Oceanside, Malverne, Brentwood, Mineola, Lindenhurst and Mahopac will perform. Judges will grade each band in several categories and award each a final score on a scale of 1 to 100. The home show is an official New York State Field Band Conference sanctioned competition.

The Huntington band is led by co-directors Jason Giachetti and Brian Stellato. Composed by Key Poulan, this year's Blue Devil field show is called "X!" It has 6 movements: X-Clamation, X-Celeration, X-Haustion, X-Aggeration, X-Otic, and X-Plosion.

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