Marching band students from both Division Avenue High School and General Douglas MacArthur High School gathered together to participate in a week-long recreational marching band camp from Aug. 6-10. The camp, which ran for five full days on the field of Levittown Memorial Education Center, is the start of the Division Avenue High School competitive marching band's season as they perfected technique and prepared for their upcoming events.
Facilitated by Division Avenue band director Michael Bastone and assistant director Ken Vignona, the week-long camp boosted the student-musicians into competition mode by practicing their material and proper footwork. At the conclusion of the week, the students performed all that they learned for family and friends.
Student-musicians in the marching band's pit ensemble worked closely with Gardiners Avenue School music teacher Matt Nobile and drumline instructor Nicholas Hall on their sound, while drum majors and incoming seniors Ryan Alvarez (Division) and Grace Derrick (MacArthur) conducted the marching band outside on a pedestal. Color guard captains and incoming seniors Ben Goldfeder (Division), Courtney Hakin (MacArthur) and Jenna Summer (Division) also helped lead the color guard with flag and rifle technique.
The marching band's first competition of the season will begin in Brentwood on Sept. 16 and will continue until the end of October, where it will conclude with a judged performance at the New York State Field Band Conference Finals in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University. Last year, the band earned fifth place in the Small School 2 category with their own record-breaking score of 82.35.
This will be a special year for the marching band as it will be the first time that the musicians will be performing a completely original score of Frankenstein.
"I am very excited to see how our story of Frankenstein unfolds throughout the season," said Bastone. "I am so proud of how hard everyone is working to make this our best show yet, especially due to the fact that we are performing an original show that was written just for us. It puts the icing on top of the cake."