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Sewanhaka Alum Goes ‘Big’

Sewanhaka High School alum Vince Scuderi took over the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan this past Sunday with his group, the Out of the Box Big Band. 

 

“The concert went well, with just the right amount of fulfilled expectations and controlled and chaotic surprise to keep the audience and the musicians on the edge of their seats and always wanting more,” said Scuderi.

 

The Out of the Box Big Band is made up of 17 pieces, which includes five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, a piano, guitar and string bass. Sometimes, they also had a vocalist to the mix. 

 

He says what appeals to him most about big band is its powerful sound and the variation in texture and dynamics. 

 

“It’s hard not to be moved by it because it’s just such a big sound,” says Scuderi. “My treat is when I hear the big band go from a soft, church-like feel to something loud and blaring and brassy. When we encompass those two sounds in one piece or an evening, that’s what I enjoy.”

 

Scuderi grew up in the area and his childhood love of music was fostered and encouraged by his teachers at Sewanhaka. 

 

“I was fortunate there to have some encouraging music teachers and I’m in touch with some of them to this day,” said Scuderi. One of his past teachers, Leo Ursini, even played lead alto saxophone with the band during Sunday’s show. 

 

While big band may not be the most well-known type of music, last Sunday’s show is just one example of how Scuderi is trying to help people become more familiar with it. 

 

“It’s a matter of exposure. We have to try as much as we can to get orchestras and big bands to go to where people don’t normally hear them. It has to be brought to the people. And more people will be wanting to find out where they can hear it. Generally if you leave it in a concert hall, it’ll become like a museum relic. We have to think of new ways to gain the public’s attention,” says Scuderi. 

 

“Live music is exciting to people. It resonates with people in a way that digital recording doesn’t. It’s nice to have music pop up in unexpected places,” he said. 

 

This past winter, Scuderi joined the Greater Westbury Council of the Arts, encouraged by its mission to promote the arts. 

 

“The arts council helps do something about putting more arts into people’s lives,” he said. “One of the things that attracted me to the arts council is that we can create events that people can hopefully be interested in and enjoy.” 

 

Find out more about Scuderi and the Out of the Box Big Band at www.outoftheboxbigband.com

News

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.”

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education covered a range of issues, from the district’s overall performance to the sudden death of a student to fiscal and personnel issues—even to the loss of maple trees. 

 

National Ranking 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth announced that the district’s high school had achieved an impressive level of distinction in a recent national survey that measured scholastic achievement; in fact, a great deal of Long Island made the cut, he said.


Sports

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.”

The Sewanhaka Indians continue to let their presence be felt in Nassau Conference II. 

 

The Indians played their second game as members of the conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Long Beach Marines, topping the south shore squad 51-30. 

 

On the opening drive, the Indians relied on running back Brenton Mighty’s legs to get them into the red zone. On first and goal from the 15-yard line, quarterback Elijah Tracey hit

Michael Parasconda on a screen pass for the first score. 


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