Mineola board honors band

The Island Now
(Photo courtesy Mineola Union Free School District)

At its Nov. 8 meeting, the Mineola Union Free School District’s Board of Education honored members of the high school’s Marching Band for its recent first place win. For the first time since 2009, Mineola High School’s Marching Band placed first in their division at the New York State Field Band Conference State Championship held at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York during the weekend of Oct. 27.

This year’s show, titled “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence” was written entirely by Mineola staff members, including Ken Kamping and Chris Toomey. The band is directed by Mr. Toomey with assistant director Zachary St. John.

Students at the meeting included:

  • Drum Majors – Miranda Bradley and Sarah Stiehl
  • Rookie Liaisons – Natalie Rivera and Austin Velez
  • Trumpet Section Leader – Christopher Matzer
  • Low Brass Section Leader – Robert
  • Pit Section Leader – Max Datys
  • Colorguard Captains – Erin Grafing, Peggy Jones and Alexa Schneider
  • Trumpet – Samuel Levitan


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