EMHS and WTCHS Marching Bands Celebrate High Honors in NYC Columbus Day Parade

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Congratulations to East Meadow High School’s Jets Marching Band, who captured first place in New York City’s 75th Annual Columbus Day Parade on Oct. 14. The district also commends W.T. Clarke High School’s Rams Marching Band, who took second-place honors!

The Jets Marching Band, comprised of 165 instrumentalists and 18 color guard members, has performed in the city’s Columbus Day Parade on numerous occasions and has received first-place honors in the march 14 times! In addition, the group has performed in the Orange Bowl Parade, at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and in Long Island’s Columbus Day Parade, in addition to performing at all home and playoff football games.

Under the direction of Stephen Engle, Gregory Sisco and Zachary Robason, along with color guard coordinator Monica Becker, the East Meadow Marching Band began their Columbus Day performance with “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa and concluded with a Paul Murtha arrangement of the Earth, Wind and Fire classic, “In the Stone.”

The W.T. Clarke Marching Band is led by Director Molly Tittler Ingoglia, Assistant Director David Fletcher, Percussion Caption Head Steven Blutman, Color Guard Caption Head Alexandria DeVries, and Chairperson of Music Jessica Shenker. The band’s 2019-20 performance program is comprised of “Havana Express” by Victor Lopez and “Children of Mangione” by Chuck Magione.

In addition to performing in the New York City Columbus Day Parade, the band also performed at the school’s homecoming parade and at Long Island’s Columbus Day parade in mid-October. They have also previously performed at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The band is looking forward to returning to the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, D.C. in April 2020.

The district commends both marching bands for their success in the Columbus Day Parade and looks forward to a fantastic remainder of the season!