Marching Bands Under the Lights

“Thank you to our Band Parent Association. Your support and encouragement is the driving force behind marching band success,” - Dr. Bennardo and Principal Murphy.
“Thank you to our Band Parent Association. Your support and encouragement is the driving force behind marching band success,” - Dr. Bennardo and Principal Murphy.
Major Paige Tortorice isn’t about to let a little rain get in the way as she leads her band mates in an award winning performance.
Major Paige Tortorice isn’t about to let a little rain get in the way as she leads her band mates in an award winning performance.
Oblivious to the elements, band members give their best.
Oblivious to the elements, band members give their best.
The opening of this year’s arrangement ‘Nightmare’ begins innocently enough and builds to an exciting highlight.
The opening of this year’s arrangement ‘Nightmare’ begins innocently enough and builds to an exciting highlight.
In the Group 3 Category, Whitman took first place and is congratulated by NY State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci.
In the Group 3 Category, Whitman took first place and is congratulated by NY State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci.
The rain was no match for our Wildcat pride!
The rain was no match for our Wildcat pride!

You have to hand it to the Marching Band families, they are a resilient bunch. On Saturday night under a steady rain, band after band took to the Whitman turf field to the delight of their faithful audience. Under the adjudication of the USBANDS Marching Band Competition, the Walt Whitman High School Marching Band played perfect host, both on and off the field. “There is no question that Marching Band is a very unique and enriching high school experience,” said Schools Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo. “The time, energy and perseverance needed to learn and create programs such as these are ‘labors of love’ that only marching band families can truly understand.”

While the judges tabulated and the results logged into the books, the audience was treated to an unforgettable performance by the FREE Players Drum Corps. This 65-member special needs performance ensemble from Old Bethpage is directed Brian Calhoun and was backed up by the Whitman Marching Band Brass ensemble. After an inspiring performance winners were announced and respective color guard groups were presented with trophies for the following groups:

Group 1A- First Place for Best Color Guard-Best Music-Best Overall Effect- Best Percussion-Best Visual went to Manhasset High School.

Group 2A- First Place for Best Color Guard-Best Music-Best Overall Effect- Best Percussion-Best Visual went to Garden City High School. Group 2A- Second Place went to Oceanside High School.

Group 3A- First Place for Best Color Guard-Best Music-Best Overall Effect- Best Percussion-Best Visual went to Walt Whitman High School.  Group 3A- Second Place for Best Percussion went to Hicksville High School.

Group 4A- First Place for Best Color Guard-Best Music-Best Overall Effect- Best Percussion-Best Visual went to Lindenhurst High School.

“We would be remiss if we did not mention the ‘unsung heroes’ who are such a vital part of the marching band experience,” said Whitman Principal John Murphy. “To our incredible Band Parents Association, we thank you for all that you do.”

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