The next generation of Huntington High School Blue Devil marching band members will be given a glimpse of the fabled program during a workshop set for Wednesday, October 20.
Current band members will host eighth grade J. Taylor Finley Middle School band members for an “educationally and musically enriching workshop,” said Eric Reynolds, district director of fine and performing arts.
The workshop will serve as a recruitment event for the high school marching band program, offering the eighth graders insight into what joining the Blue Devil band family would mean to them.
The Finley eighth graders will depart the middle school at 10:30 a.m. and assemble in the Blue Devil Stadium bleachers upon arrival for a brief overview of the day. A full performance by the Blue Devil marching band on the field will follow at 11 a.m.
The Band Parents Association of Huntington will treat participants to an outdoor pizza lunch. Participants are also free to bring their own bagged lunch.
The high school band leaders will then teach the Finley eighth graders an assortment of marching commands and stationary positions. The Finley and high school students will then come together for a basic marching block. The eighth graders will depart for Finley at 12:45 p.m.
“This is shaping up to be a tremendously exciting, enriching and memorable day for all involved,” Mr. Reynolds said. “This will serve as the first of many events throughout the school year to introduce the Huntington Blue Devil marching band program to middle school students.”