They marched out onto the football field in starched navy uniforms and white spiked pith helmets, the rattle of snare drums and the thumping of bass drums preceding them. They were the Port Chester High School Marching band, the "Pride of Port Chester," and they were Tuesday evening's main draw.
It was Band Night at Port Chester High, and all the village's public schools were participating, from Kindergarteners bearing pom-poms to graduating seniors who were seasoned musicians.
Its a great night to come out," said Port Chester resident Phil Mutino."The whole community is out supporting the community.
The night of performance opened with the Port Chester High's band marching onto the track and playing the national anthem. Graduating seniors were acknowledged, and then the band departed, making way for the elementary schools to start the show.
Four schools -- King Street, JFK Magnet, Park Avenue and Thomas Edison -- each performed dance numbers with their color guard, followed by musical performances by their school bands. They joined in unison.
Mr. W. Hall watched his daughter Juelisa, 10, from the stands, who twirled a flag and played her flute for JFK. "I'm out here to support her 100 percent," Hall said.
The Port Chester Middle School Sixth Grade Band closed the first half. After intermission, the Port Chester Middle School Seventh and Eighth Grade Band opened the second half.
Finally, the grand finale starred the Port Chester High Marching Band. Elaborately choreographed, the band weaved in scenes of soldiers, police and firemen painted on screens as they told the story of their sacrifices through music and motion. The performance culminated in a burst of fireworks and grand applause.
"They truly are the pride of Port Chester," said Port Chester resident Sadie Bauerlein.
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