Marching band students from General Douglas MacArthur High School lined the football field of the school at the end of August for the high school's annual "Marching Madness" program. With the guidance of band director Joseph Romano, the students participated in four, seven-hour rehearsals, where they learned choreography, marching maneuvers and the music that will be performed in this year's homecoming half-time show production entitled, "Heavy Metal Marching Band."
The show features a variety of selections including an arrangement of the AC/DC classic, "Back In Black," and the godfather of all heavy metal tunes, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," by Iron Butterfly. On the last day of the program, students participated in the annual MacArthur High School Marching Band "Drill Down" competition. Students competed against one another in challenges that demonstrated their skills in marching technique. This year's competition ended with co-champions; junior, Krystal Aguinaga and sophomore, Emily Zhang.
The success of the program was due in large part to the exceptional leadership shown by the MacArthur Marching Band's Drum Majors and Captains. Grace Derrick, Kimberly Mestizo and Brianna Moss are the band's Drum Majors. Paul Giorlando, Julia Gizzo and Joseph Novello are Associate Drum Majors. The Color Guard is led by Captains Kaylee Boerner, Courtney Hakim and Antonia Iovine. The MacArthur Marching Band's first half time show performance of the season will take place at MacArthur High School's first home football game on Friday night, Sept. 14.