Marching Bands Finding the Right Tune

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Members of the East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School marching bands gathered on their respective football fields on Sept. 27 for full-day marching band clinics. These clinics are held in preparation for the upcoming Columbus Day and homecoming parades.

The band at East Meadow started the day by practicing formation, line-up and marching rhythm. The colorguard took the front of the line as members of the brass and woodwind sections along with the drumline followed in formation.

At W.T. Clarke, the morning started at 7:30 with a section challenge to prepare for the rest of the day. Other section challenges occurred throughout the sessions, including a “march off” between the upperclassman and younger members of the band.

The New York City Columbus Day Parade is scheduled for Oct. 8, following the Long Island parade in Huntington on Oct. 7. Meanwhile, the marching bands can also be seen at the schools’ upcoming homecomings. W.T. Clarke’s Homecoming will be held on Oct. 13, while East Meadow’s homecoming is on Oct. 20. The community is invited to both of these events.