Why Marching Band/Kickline Clinic?

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The 4th annual HHS summer marching band clinic has come and gone and by all indications, this past summer’s clinics was one of the very best! While the latter part of summer vacation each year beckons many students and staff to enjoy the beach and the opportunity to travel, the third week of August each year finds the student members and instructional staff of the Harborfields High School Marching Band and Kickline involved in a wholly unique activity: marching band clinic!
 
It takes a very special kind of student to join their high school marching band or kickline. Membership in the HHS marching band and kickline program is voluntary and involves making a time commitment to working together towards a common goal: support of our school and community! The annual marching band clinic is a place where school spirit and leadership is born and new friendships are made. New band members and members of the HHS kickline learn skills, gain confidence, and become part of the marching band and kickline family.
 
In a whirlwind 3 days, marching band clinic fosters a strong sense of student leadership, and focuses on marching fundamentals and performance skills in all areas of the high school marching band. Participants receive intensive instruction from the instructional staff (Ms. Allison Scilla, Mr. Dan Bilawsky, Mr. Mike Giannetta and Ms. Nicole Rhodes) and student drum majors, HHS seniors: Megan Lyons and Jeena Moss on an individualized and group basis. Most clinic sessions take place outdoors so participants come prepared for long days on the football field working to synchronize the marching band show music (which is memorized by all musicians prior to the start of clinic) with computerized drill instructions written and designed to form interesting patterns on the football field by Ms. Scilla using a marching band software program called, Pyware. The evenings at clinic are set aside for indoor music rehearsal and also some fun opportunities to build new and lasting friendships.
 
The annual marching band clinic is operated by the Long Island Summer Music Workshop and is held on the grounds of the SUNY Farmingdale Campus. Clinic students are housed in college dorm facilities and make use of the field and rehearsal facilities at SUNY Farmingdale. The experience of living in college dorms, eating in a college dining hall and making new friends is an important part of the marching band clinic experience and for most students, is also their first experience of what it might be like to live away at college one day. Best of all, the camaraderie and sense of school spirit and unified purpose instilled in our students at marching band clinic each year becomes in Dr. Bennardo’s words: “something many of our high school student alumni talk about as their most favorite moments at HHS.”
 
The grand finale of clinic each summer is an exhibition performance in SUNY Farmingdale’s Stadium on the final day to which parents and friends are invited. To say the least, it is amazing and most impressive to see just how much can be accomplished by our students and staff when they are focused and able to work together away from other distractions. This is especially important this year as the marching band and kickline readied for the very early Harborfields Homecoming festivities the very first weekend after our return to school in September!
 
So, come out and support your Harborfields High School marching band and kickline as they dazzle the home crowds at halftime during our Varsity Tornado Football home games or as they march proudly down the street in our community parades. You can also catch the HHS Marching Band and Kickline in performance at the Annual NEWSDAY HS Marching Band Festival held at Hofstra University, Tuesday, October 18th. Advance tickets (no tickets will be sold at the door) are available through any HHS marching band or kickline member, or through the district music and art department office: 754-5360 x. 401.