Written by Marlo Jappen Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00
15 Below, an alternative rock band composed of Sewanhaka High School students, rocked the William Gill Theatre in New Hyde Park Village Hall on Wednesday, July 23. The band had the crowd tossing up beach balls to energetic beats and swaying their iPhones along to slower tunes.
“They were very good tonight,” said Darren Derick Polanco. “I always come to their shows.”
The band was aptly named 15 Below because all of its members were under the age of 15 when the band was formed over two years ago. Its members include lead guitar and vocalist, Dan Rodriguez, guitar, saxophone, and backup vocalist, Ryan Burger, John Savasta on bass guitar, Gerard Coppola on drums, and rapper Joey Mazzeo who was unable to perform because he had work.
“Mazzeo adds a whole other dimension to what we can do,” said Rodriguez.
However, the audience still seemed to enjoy the performance.
15 Below performed throwbacks from their childhood such as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day, “Miss You” by Blink 182, and “Sugar We’re Going Down” by Fall Out Boy. Smoke surrounded the performers and colorful strobe lights illuminated the stage as the band played hard rock songs such as the White Stripes “Seven Nation Army.”
The audience went wild as the band delivered a rock rendition of “Let It Go,” a popular song from the animated Disney movie Frozen, which was designed to be sung by a female soprano.
15 Below also performed their own original songs such as “Blue Little Bird” and “Run Away With Me.”
The band has played at venues including the Holy Spirit Church Festival, CJ Wellingtons, Swing the Tea Pot, and the Plattdeutsche Restaurant, but the band loved playing at the Village Hall because of the receptive crowd.
“This was a dream come true,” said Burger. “This had to have been the best show we ever played.”
All of the members of 15 Below are heavily involved with the music department at Sewanhaka High School and participate in jazz band as well as school talent shows and musicals.
“Performing comes naturally to all of us,” Savasta said. “I feel like it’s what I’m meant to do.”
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School spirit was at an all-time high when community members joined students, administrators, faculty and staff for Sewanhaka High School’s annual homecoming parade and game.
The festivities kicked off with a Pep Rally on Sept. 19 on the school’s athletic field and continued on Sept. 20 with a parade that featured colorful banners and beautifully constructed floats based on this year’s “countries” theme.
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The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.
“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00
The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13.
“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team—we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season.
Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central.
“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”