The Huntington Blue Devil marching band never misses a beat. The organization comprised of talented musicians and color guard members is nearing its 90th anniversary and still going just as strong as ever. The group recently announced its 2022/23 leaders as it looks ahead to a new season.
Nadeera Ali, Emma Hannigan and Isabella Lima will return as the Blue Devils’ drum majors. Rachel Morina will be coming back as field major. The four teenagers have proven to be exceptional leaders as well as skilled musicians.
“I’m super excited for next season,” Ms. Lima said. “It’s a rare opportunity to have a second year as drum major and with all the new knowledge last season has provided me with I am ready to make this the best season I can! I’m looking forward to working with such a great group of section leaders and can’t wait to meet potential new members at the open house.”
Huntington High School music teacher James Cloyd Doty organized the first marching band in 1934. It was open to boys and girls in all four classes, according to the 1936 edition of The Huntingtonian, the high school yearbook.
“I am so excited to be the field major again this year,” Ms. Morina said. “Last season was so amazing. I loved being able to learn and grow along with all the other student leaders. I can’t wait to have to opportunity to have another amazing season in the fall!”
The band’s student leadership also includes color guard captains David Chavez, Emely Cruz and Aislyn Franciscovich; brass captain Emma Glascock; woodwind captain Cecilia Kye; flute section leaders Donna Lazo and Kayla Murillo; clarinet section leaders Danielle Mendikyan and Erin Purcell; alto sax section leader Cecilia Kye; low windwind/brass section leader Yoanny Suarez; trumpet section leaders Emma Glascock and Liam Tucker; battery captain Jackson Danseglio and pit section leaders Sarah Corwin and Katherine Estrada.
Interested in joining the Blue Devil marching band? Send a message to music teacher Brian Stellato at email@example.com.