The 26th Annual Wildcat Marching Band Banquet

Whitman's senior Marching Band members.
Whitman's senior Marching Band members.
Marching Band 11th grade members.
Marching Band 11th grade members.
Marching Band 10th grade members.
Marching Band 10th grade members.
Mr. Vince D’Ulisse, left in photo, and the 9th grade Marching Band members.
Mr. Vince D’Ulisse, left in photo, and the 9th grade Marching Band members.
Mr. Vince D’Ulisse, left in photo, and the 8th grade Marching Band members.
Mr. Vince D’Ulisse, left in photo, and the 8th grade Marching Band members.

A fun-filled evening was enjoyed by all attending the 26th Annual Wildcat Marching Band Awards Banquet on Friday, March 15, at the Marriott Hotel in Melville. This banquet is a tradition for the marching band community, mostly a way of saying thank you to all the dedicated and talented students, who get to enjoy their collective accomplishments of the season.

Hosted by the band parents, the banquet was attended by marching band staff, students, parents, school and district administration, and members of the Board of Education. Students, staff, and education administrators enjoyed an evening of celebration, dinner, dancing, and recognition. Parents joined for dessert and for the presentation of awards.

Each student received an award for participation based on the cumulative number of years in the program. Students in leadership positions were also recognized, including drum majors Nikhil Bartolomeo and Anthony Sansotta, and co-captains of the Color Guard Kei Miyaguchi and Annalisa Poggioli.

In addition, the Walt Whitman Wildcat Marching Band "Minds on the March" Award was presented to a number of students in each grade, and all senior marching band students achieved this academic distinction. This special award recognizes students who maintain a 90 or above grade point average while participating in the rigorous marching band program. The following students (seniors noted) were honored: Alexa Arthur, Christopher Avino, Ruby Bafu, Keya Bartolomeo, Nikhil Bartolomeo-12, Kimberly Bellissimo, Kathryn Bellissimo-12, Sean Breen-12, Miranda Castellani-12, Nate Cid, Sean Conlon-12, Corey Cook, Emily Dilillo, Cassandra Eaches, Chris Emproto-12, April Fallon, Connor Galvin, Robert Galvin-12, Nicole Grennan, David Grey, Jefferson Hector, Kyle Henson-12, Thomas Hustedt, Chan Kang-12, Jessica Linares-12, Megan Lo, Christopher McPartland-12, Kei Miyaguchi-12, Ariana Monterroso, Anali Nanavati, Maggie Nostrand, Jessie O'Hagan-12, Misha Patel, Nicole Peluso, Jessica Persaud, Aniqua Raihan-12, Samantha Shaiman, Umaimah Saleemi, Anthony Sansotta-12, Rebecca Sansotta, Michael Simeone, Scott  Shelton, Colin Sherland, Lisa Sorto-12, Rachel Sundermier, Symone Stewart, Ellen Tricomi, Brittany White, Andy (Sung) Yoon-12, Hannah Zaiff, and Patrick Zakrzewski.

Drum Majors: Nikhil Bartolomeo and Anthony Sansotta.

Color Guard Captains: Anna Poggioli and Kei Miyaguchi.

A big thank you for photos goes out to Mr. Poggioli