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Port Chester HS Band Preps for Championships

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – The Port Chester High School Band held the final rehearsal for its championship weekend in the parking lot of Port Chester Middle School. This year marks the band’s 10th season.

“I think the marching band is an awesome thing to have in town, it really gets the kids busy and music is a wonderful thing to have in your life,” said senior Arthur Szereakl, trumpet player and president of the PCHS marching band, concert band and jazz band. “It brings out the artistic abilities in a person and helps them become who they are.”

Port Chester High School junior Stephanie Ciosek is one of the band’s drum majors, a conductor. “Performing, it’s so exciting, I get this adrenaline rush,” she said.

According to band director Bob Vitti, the band has two different championships beginning Saturday – the musical arts conference in Connecticut and the United States Scholastic Championships in Allentown, Pa. Vitti also mentioned that even though it is a high school band, he recruits some talented middle school students.

“This year, we probably have more than we ever had – about a dozen of eighth graders,” Vitti said. “There’s a total of 138 in the band, grades eight to 12, and there’s one girl in seventh grade that plays with us. They play well and it gives them a little insight before they really come in to march and know the routine.”

Kim Morano is the president of the Port Chester High School Band Parents Association. She’s responsible for raising money for the band. Vitti said that although the school district does include the group in its budget, every year’s funds are different and this year, they must raise $250,000.

“When we go to competitions we have four buses—each bus has two chaperones, we have three trucks with two to three drivers on them and it takes a lot of people to make the band a success,” Morano said.

The band starts in the spring and then has a summer break. The band starts camp and then continues a 12-week program for a full three months. In recent years, the band performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade for two years and was featured in “Spider Man 3” and the remake of “Miracle on 34th Street.”

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