This story was written by Rosemary Leonetti.
After submitting a detailed application, the Long Beach High
School Marines Marching Band has been selected to perform this year in the New
York City Columbus Day Parade on Monday.
The band consists of 220 students,
including a horn line of 150, a percussion section that is 30 strong, and a
45-member color guard.
To highlight the Long Beach School District’s 100th
anniversary, the band marched with a banner highlighting this accomplishment.
Students work under the direction of band director Marino Bragino III and
assistant director Zach Rifkind.
“We have been one of the largest bands on Long Island for
many years,” said Bragino. “I think they selected us based on our unique size
and visual potential.”
The Marines have also been chosen as the closing band for
the 50th Annual Newsday Marching Band Festival at Hofstra University on Oct. 23. Those
interested in attending the event can obtain tickets through the high school
music office at 516-897-6500.
“I would like to thank our new parents’ organization,
Friends of the Arts, which has partnered with the music department to bring the
community together to support the success of our program,” Bragino said.
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