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15 Below Rocks William Gill Theatre

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.”


News

 Online food market OurHarvest has recently joined forces with Mineola-based Island Harvest Food Bank, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, to help feed hungry Long Islanders over Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

In the year it’s been open, the Space at Westbury has been host to musicians, comedians, dancers and last week, the venue opend its doors for world class boxers and their loyal fans. One of the headliners was Richie “Brazil” Neves, from New Hyde Park.

 

Winner Takes All Productions and Greg Cohen Promotions brought a night of boxing to the Space on Thursday, Nov. 13. While boxing events have come to Long Island before, this was the first of its kind to come to The Space. 


Sports

Despite a disappointing playoff loss against the Wantagh Warriors, Sewanhaka Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis, is pleased with his football team’s season. 

“I’m proud of my team,” he said. “But you are never satisfied unless you win the whole thing.”

 

The Indians faced a big challenge this year, moving up into Conference II left them as the new kids on the block, unfamiliar with the teams they would be going against. 

Kasimatis will have a tall task next year replacing graduating seniors, which made up most of his starting lineup. Kasimatis said most of the offensive line, such as Danny Gianotti, Adrian Gonzalez and Louis Segarra III, and the defensive line, such as Justin Alexandre, Peter LaTorre and Peter Militano are seniors, many of which have started multiple years for him. 

The fifth seeded Sewanhaka Indians traveled to Wantagh to take on the fourth seeded Wantagh Warriors on Friday, Nov. 7 for its opening playoff game. 

 

The Indians opened the game sluggish on offense, and were held in check throughout the first quarter. The Indians defense did its best to keep the team within striking distance, but field position form shaky special teams play, put them in a difficult position. 

 

Warriors running back Dylan Beckwith, was able to punch in a 15-yard touchdown run, to give the Warriors a one score lead after the first quarter. 


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PTA Meeting - November 19

Herricks School Board Meeting - November 20


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