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Marching Band ‘Home Show’ Returns To DAHS

A first for this year’s band members

Four years ago this October, Division Avenue High School (DAHS) played host to the New York State Field Band Conference Competition Home Show. On Sunday, Oct. 14 the marching band, all new members, will get their first shot at hosting the showcase and competition event.

“I am very excited for the students, parents, and community of Division Avenue and Levittown for being able to host their first NYSFB Marching Band Home Show since 2008,” said Michael Bastone of DAHS’ music department. “My sincere thanks go out to all the students and parents who have worked so hard to make this event possible; I consider myself very lucky to be able to work with so many talented students each and every day, and I am truly honored to be their director.”

For many, this will be their only chance to show off their high school talent; 12 of the marching band’s members are graduating seniors, seven from DAHS, and five from MacArthur High School. The band is made up of 48 members total, including the talents of musicians such as senior Jesse Lall who plays bassoon and baritone sax; Brianna Chua, this year’s section leader and color guard who has played alto sax since ninth grade, and flute since third grade; and Melanie Dudek, a junior, who is the brass section leader and field major. She has played baritone since fourth grade.

“The whole program was cut a couple of years back, so this is a big deal for us,” said sophomore Anthony Montoya. He has played tenor saxophone since third grade.

DAHS Principal Francesco Ianni could not be more proud of the accomplishment. He said, “Participating in our music department gives our children opportunities that could literally change their future. It is my pleasure to welcome this spirited event to our home, and I am sure we will have an unforgettable time that will be remembered for years to come.”

Stephanie Wagner, a junior, will be featured as a first-year drum major, the conductor of the marching band. This is her third year in the band; she has also performed as a field major. She has played clarinet and saxophone for 10 years.

Jessica Genzale, a junior, said, “Marching band has a big family feel to it; we spend a lot of time with each other between competition and practice, which could be up to 13 extra hours including rehearsals.” Genzale has played oboe since third grade and now also plays the alto sax with marching band.

The DAHS Marching Band will be on exhibition during the home show on Oct. 14. The visiting schools that will compete during the day will be from Walt Whitman, Copiague, Sachem, and Brentwood high schools.

 “They work hard, they are very respectful, and they are a pleasure to work with; they have put together a great show this year, “The Machine,” and they are continually trying to make it better,” DAHS Assistant Director Ken Vignona said. “They are a great bunch of kids; I look forward to Syracuse.”

DAHS is on track, having accumulated enough points and participated in enough visiting home shows to qualify for the final competition that will be held in Syracuse on Oct. 28. The school’s band is one of the smallest competing bands in the division.

“It’s our first show since 2008 and it would be so great if the community came out to support these kids,” said Ellen Wagner whose daughter is this year’s drum major.

The Home Show will be held at Division Avenue High School on Sunday, Oct. 14 beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

The Levittown School District has been vigilant with the increase of cases in general. “We are continuing to implement the precautions provided by the health department and the CDC,” said Levittown School District Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel Darlene Rhatigan. “We are also reminding students and staff to be mindful of the importance of proper hygiene including frequent hand washing.”

Audrey Zhang, a sixth grader at Island Trees Memorial Middle School, took home first place in the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) on Sept. 17. Zhang was honored at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for her work and was presented with a $500 check and an iPad Mini. Many dignitaries were on hand, including State Education Department Regent Roger Tilles.


Sports

 

Four Division Avenue High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at local universities next fall. All four players were instrumental in winning the 2014 Nassau County Championship. 

The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.



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