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 The Huntington Blue Devil marching band is heading to the state championships. (Darin Reed photo)

Blue Devil Marching Band Enjoys Great Season

November 9, 2022

The Huntington High School Blue Devil marching band is steadily rebuilding its ranks after the havoc caused by COVID-19. The organization featured a fully functioning program over the past several months including a summer camp, weekly night rehearsals and competitions, a home show and a trip to the state championships in Syracuse.

 The Huntington Blue Devil marching band is heading to the state championships. (Darin Reed photo)

Blue Devil Band Heads to State Championships

October 28, 2022

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

 Field major Rachel Morina marches toward Blue Devil Stadium. (Darin Reed photo.)

Blue Devil Band is Sharp at Sunday’s Home Show

October 18, 2022

The Huntington Blue Devil marching band was sharp at its home show on Sunday afternoon at Blue Devil Stadium. The musicians and color guard members staged a memorable performance for family friends and competitors from across the metropolitan area.

 The Blue Devils have one of the best marching band's in the state. (Darin Reed photo.)

Blue Devil Marching Band Hosts Home Show on Sunday

October 14, 2022

The Huntington Blue Devil marching band’s home show kicks-off on Sunday (October 16) at 12 noon at Blue Devil Stadium. Many of the top bands from around the metropolitan area will compete for honors. A crowd of 2,000 is expected to attend throughout the day.

 Blue Devil Band Preps for October 16 Home Show

Blue Devil Band Preps for October 16 Home Show

October 7, 2022

The renowned Huntington Blue Devil marching band will host its biennial home show on Sunday, October 16. The fun begins at 12 p.m. on the Blue Devil Stadium turf field. Bands from around the metropolitan area will compete for top honors in their respective division.

 Andre E. Rizzuto

Blue Devil Marching Band Has New Leader

September 12, 2022

The Huntington Blue Devil marching band has a new director. Andre E. Rizzuto has assumed the baton after longtime leader Brian Stellato assumed additional responsibilities as the district’s K-12 coordinator of art and music education.

 Blue Devil musicians are an impressive bunch.

Blue Devil Band Strives for Perfection

August 31, 2022

The Huntington Blue Devil marching band is always striving for perfection. The group is comprised of serious musicians and an exquisitely talented color guard that enhances the field show presentation in a manner most other schools cannot match.

 Olivia Conte with Blue Devil band director Brian Stellato

Olivia Conte & Nathali Ulloa Win Field Band Awards

August 12, 2022

Olivia Conte and Nathali Ulloa gave their heart and soul to the Huntington High School Blue Devil marching band over the past four years and they will be missed as duo moves on to the college ranks. The two Class of 2022 members were recognized with New York State Field Band Conference Awards at the senior departmental awards ceremony.

 Band Parent Assn. Presidents Arienne Lima and Erin Hannigan with Jasjeet Kaur./

Jasjeet Kaur Wins Linda Shoemaker Band Scholarship

July 29, 2022

Stony Brook University bound Jasjeet Kaur has won this year’s Linda Shoemaker Blue Devil Marching Band Scholarship, which carries with it a $1,000 stipend. The Huntington High School Class of 2022 member plans to study biology in preparation for a career as a medical doctor.

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Blue Devil Marching Band

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.

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.

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

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Coordinator Andre E. Rizzuto
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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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BAND 9/10, 11/12, Competitive and Non-Competitive - Course #640, 640H, 641, 641H

Offered to grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
(1 Year - 1 Credit) 5 periods weekly
Prerequisites: Satisfactory progress in Middle School or by audition.

This course satisfies the one credit in Music required for graduation. The Band program is a comprehensive program, which includes marching and concert band training and performances. Students may elect to be in the Competitive Marching Band or the Noncompetitive Marching Band. The non-competitive members will be required to perform as a pep band for all home football games including playoffs. These are the performance requirements for the Non-Competitive Marching program.

Students who wish to participate in the Competitive Marching Band will prepare a field show, which is performed at a variety of competitions on Long Island and in the northeast region throughout the fall. Competitive Marching Band members are required to attend two evening rehearsals per week as well as Saturday and Sunday practices or performances during the first quarter. Competitive Marching Band students receive a weighted grade for this additional work.

All Band students audition for seating in two concert bands which become the main program activity after the fall marching season. The Junior Band which consists of members in 9th and 10th grade will perform levels IV-V music. The Senior Band which consists of members in 11th and 12th grade will perform levels V-VI music. The Concert Bands will perform at several school concerts and special functions throughout the year.

The Blue Devil Marching Band has earned national acclaim as one of the finest competitive bands on Long Island. To date, the band has multiple first place awards in the NY State field band competitions. In 2004, the Band won first place in the New York State Field Band Conference Competition, Division LS3 and 2nd Place in the New York City Columbus Day Parade. In 2002, the Band won first place in the USSBA Mid Atlantic Marching Band Championship. The Blue Devil Band has also performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Fiesta Bowl Parade, the Miss America Parade, and at Yankee Stadium. In 1997, they performed in the Disney Hercules Parade in New York City and in 1998, participated in a Disney commercial for the opening of the Animal Kingdom.

REQUIREMENTS:All members of the Band course are required to participate in either Competitive or Non-Competitive Marching Band and perform in the performances listed above. You may not participate in concert band only. All students have a community service marching commitment. Exact 2015-16 rehearsal dates for all new band members as well as summer Band Camp dates and times for Competitive program will be mailed to all grade 8 - 11 band students when available.

IMPORTANT: Students who do not participate in the Summer Band Camp are not eligible for the Competitive Band. For questions about rehearsal and performance requirements, please contact Mr. Giachetti or Mr. Stellato at 673-2053.

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Last Name First Position
Stanley Matthew President
Conte Rob Vice-President/ Color Guard Liaison
Gooding Kim Co-Treasurer
Knowles Debbie Co-Treasurer
Jean-Gillies Banessa Recording Secretary/ Co-Head Chaperone
Stanley Dominique Corresponding Secretary, List Keeper, Band News
Malone Jack Co-Head Roadie
Levine Adam Co-Head Roadie
Musso Ruth Co-Head Roadie
Glascock Leslie Co-Head Chaperone
Reed Darin Archivist-Historian
Spigna Jenn Co-fundraising chair, sign-up and volunteer coordination
La Vertu Jennifer Uniform Coordinator
Wong Karen Asst-Uniform Coordinator
Levine Nancy Merchandise Chair
Ciccone Debra Asst-Merchandise Chair
Low Peggy Public Relations
Soric Ivy Finley Liaison
Soric Nevin Website Administrator
Furman Sandy
Holly Tom
Tucker Tracy
Kilgour Leslie

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Halftime Show

Home Show (gallery #3)

October 16, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

68 Photos

Halftime Show

Home Show (gallery #2)

October 16, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

69 Photos

Halftime Show

Homecoming Halftime Show

October 22, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

76 Photos

Halftime Show

Home Show (gallery #1)

October 16, 2022. Credits: Victoria Befumo

22 Photos

Halftime Show

Halftime Show

September 18, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

52 Photos

Pancake Breakfast

Marching Band Profiles

September, 2022. Credits: Darin Reed

50 Photos

Pancake Breakfast

Marching Band Parent's' Show

August 27, 2022. Credits: Victoria Befumo

21 Photos

Pancake Breakfast

Marching Band Halftime Show

September 18, 2021. Credits: Darin Reed

44 Photos

Pancake Breakfast

St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 9. Credits: Darin Reed

95 Photos

Unity Day Parade

NYS Championships @ Syracuse (Gallery 2)

October 27. Credits: Darin Reed

83 Photos

Unity Day Parade

NYS Championships @ Syracuse (Gallery 1)

October 27. Credits: Darin Reed

84 Photos

Unity Day Parade

Marching Band at Mineola

October 20. Credits: Darin Reed

64 Photos

Unity Day Parade

Marching Band Annual Home Show (gallery 3)

October 6. Credits: Darin Reed

76 Photos

Unity Day Parade

Marching Band Annual Home Show (gallery 2)

October 6. Credits: Darin Reed

76 Photos

Unity Day Parade

Marching Band Annual Home Show (gallery 1)

October 6. Credits: Darin Reed

76 Photos

Unity Day Parade

@ Malverne Competition 2019

September 29. Credits: Darin Reed

74 Photos

Unity Day Parade

Unity Day Parade 2019

September. Credits: Darin Reed

59 Photos

Family Show

Family Show 2019

August. Credits: Darin Reed

99 Photos