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 SCOPE summer enrichment program registration is in its final weeks
May 15, 2024

Final Weeks for SCOPE Summer Enrichment Registration

The final weeks of registration for the SCOPE summer music and arts enrichment program is now underway. This summer’s program is scheduled to run from Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 26.

 Huntington's marching band is holding a pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 7
April 4, 2024

Blue Devil Band’s Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 7

The Huntington Blue Devil marching band will hold its annual pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Halesite Fire Department. The community is welcome to attend.

 The Huntington Blue Devil marching band was spectacular at the state championships (2)
November 6, 2023

Blue Devil Band Wraps Season, Plans for Future

The Huntington High School Blue Devil marching band wrapped up its competitive season with a strong fourth place finish in the New York State Field Band Conference’s Large School 2 division at the state finals in Syracuse.

 The Huntington Blue Devil marching band on the field at the state championship
October 31, 2023

Blue Devil Band Captures Fourth Place at State Championships

Many months of hard work paid off for the Huntington Blue Devil marching band, which captured fourth place in the New York State Field Band Conference state finals in Syracuse on Sunday.

 The Huntington Blue Devil marching band is headed to the New York State championships. (Darin Reed photo.)
October 25, 2023

Blue Devil Band Set for State Championships

The competition will once again be fierce at the New York State Field Band Conference’s annual championships at the JMA Dome in Syracuse, but the Blue Devil band is ready to challenge for top honors on Sunday, October 30.

 Huntington Blue Devil band members at the Drum Major Academy.
August 21, 2023

Blue Devils Attend Drum Major Academy

Preparations for the coming Blue Devil marching band competitive season continued unabated this summer. A contingent of band leaders spent a week on the campus of the Westfield State University in Massachusetts, participating in the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy.

 The Blue Devil marching band is in the midst of its summer band camp. (Darin Reed photo)
August 21, 2023

Blue Devil Band Training Camp Underway

Huntington Blue Devil marching band members started their two week training camp last week. The band camp journey is now well underway and headed to what everyone believes will be a successful conclusion next weekend.


Marching Band Information

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  • Upcoming practice and event schedules can be accessed here

About the Marching Band Program

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Thousands of Proud and Supportive Alumni

The Huntington High School Blue Devil marching band is an entrenched institution, with thousands of alumni who have been counted among its ranks over the years. The band has survived changes in its leadership, the normal evolution of its membership and new philosophies and inspirations as the times have dictated. The original bands consisted of several dozen students, a far cry from today’s nearly 150 student strong organization.

A Rich and Storied Tradition

The band was organized in 1934 by Ohio native and Oberlin College music teacher James Cloyd Doty. It was open to boys and girls in all four classes, according to the 1936 edition of The Huntingtonian, the high school yearbook. “Although newly organized, this group has worked very hard and with the cooperation of the student body, the band members have received blue and white uniforms. They gave a new feeling of school spirit to all of the occasions at which they appeared this year.”

The 1936 yearbook is the first to picture the marching band dressed in traditional uniforms. The book notes the uniforms were the product of fellow students, most likely referring to a campaign by the General Organization to raise funds for their purchase or an outright grant of monies.

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Humble Beginnings to National Accolades

The first director was high school music teacher James C. Doty, who attended Oberlin College in Ohio. The 1936 drum major was Edwin Riggs. He is the first student any yearbook assigned to that prestigious role.

The band has grown over the years to play a major role in the life of the district. Following its humble origins, in later years the marching band would participate in local and national level parades and events, appear on the field at Yankee Stadium, march in the Rose Bowl parade on television and win the state championship in its division. It has garnered a lengthy list of honors far too numerous to note in a short profile

Marching Band Leadership

Andre Rizzuto

Andre Rizzuto

Marching Band Coordinator

Huntington Blue Devil marching band coordinator Andre Rizzuto is in his 1st year as a music teacher at Huntington.

A resident of Brentwood, Mr. Rizzuto is related to New York Yankee Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Hofstra University. He was the collegiate president of the New York State Band Directors Association.

Mr. Rizzuto completed his student teaching certification requirement at Harry B. Thompson Middle School and Robbins Lane Elementary School in Syosset. He has worked as a marching hand instructor at Brentwood, Malverne and Floral Park high schools.

Mr. Rizzuto performed on tuba with Hofstra’s wind ensemble, symphonic band, brass ensemble, orchestra and big band and in the chorale.

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Marching Band Videos and Galleries

HHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021

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HHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021

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Marching Band Galleries and Slideshows

2023-24 Events

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Halftime Show 2023

August 30 2023

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Family Show 2023

August 30 2023

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