Marching Band Captures Disney Magic

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“Old-School Disney” is the theme for Massapequa High School’s marching band show for the 2021 season. More than 60 students spent three days rehearsing the music and their moves during the summer marching band camp from Aug. 10 to 12.

Massapequa High School band co-director Andrew Dwork kept the beat as students worked on marching and choreography during a three-day camp from Aug. 10 to 12. (Photo courtesy of the Massapequa School District)

Band director Eva Arnold said that they chose a Disney theme because Massapequa High School music and art students will be taking a trip to Disney World in February. The marching band’s set will include older songs like the “Mickey Mouse March” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

Marching band musicians learned this year’s Disney songs.(Photo courtesy of the Massapequa School District)

They will perform their show at least five times this season including at the Newsday Marching Band Festival in October at Mitchel Field and during halftime for the four home varsity football games, plus potential playoff games.

Band co-director Eva Arnold had students work outside without instruments so they could focus on mastering proper marching technique.(Photo courtesy of the Massapequa School District)

On the football field, band members worked on basic marching technique as well as their choreography, before retreating to the comfort of the air conditioning in the band room to practice the music. The color guard also worked on their accompanying flag spinning routine, which adds a strong visual element to the show.

Members of the percussion section rehearsed for the 2021 marching band show.
(Photo courtesy of the Massapequa School District)

Working with the musicians this year were Arnold and fellow high school band director Andrew Dwork, middle school band teacher Robert Giannotti and elementary band teacher Jessica Wyman. Andrea Gropf led the color guard.

 

The color guard, rehearsing the flag spinning routine in the gymnasium, is an integral part of the marching band performance.
(Photo courtesy of the Massapequa School District)

 

Students are excited to perform the music in this year’s “Old-School Disney” show.(Photo courtesy of the Massapequa School District)

—Submitted by the Massapequa School District

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