2008-03-28 / Letters

Active Marching Band

Dear Editor,

The Beach Channel High School Marching Band has been active this year, and the students have worked hard under the directorship of Alexander Leicht. In February, they began marching band season with a well-received performance at the Brownsville Recreation Center in Brooklyn, at the Last Man Standing/ Battle of the Elements competition.

In March, the band was awarded the prestigious honor of second place in the category of Best High School Marching Band Unit for the 2008 Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade in Rockaway Park, Queens. The band performed the crowd favorite, Hipstick, to the delight of the judges and the applause of the crowd.

Last Sunday, the band performed The Seventies, a medley of popular tunes from the aforementioned decade, at the Adaptive Physical Education Winter Games opening ceremony (a ceremony to recognize the achievements of physically and mentally handicapped students) to great fanfare.

In April, the Action Center, a local community organization based in Far Rockaway, will hold an assembly to recognize the achievements of the parents, students and teachers involved in this band program. Date and time are to be announced. Additionally, on April 12 at 9:30 a.m., the band will perform in Woodhaven to summon the beginning of the Richaven Little League season. The Parade starts at P.S. 90 at 108 Street and Jamaica Avenue and ends at the George Seifert Bandshell at Forest Park, where the opening ceremony will take place immediately following the end of the parade.

In May, the students will travel to Lincoln Center to listen to the New York Philharmonic perform. On Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m., immediately following a PTA meeting, the students will perform at the Beach Channel High School Annual Spring Concert, in the Beach Channel High School auditorium. The Concert Band will perform The Seventies, Hall of the Mountain King (Grieg), and selections from the New World Symphony by Dvorak). The Jazz Band will perform Autumn Leaves (Kosma), On Green Dolphin Street (Coltrane), and Ain't Misbehavin' (Fats Waller). The Chorus, Steel Drum Band, and Dance Team will also perform at this event.

May is also high time for the Marching Band to rise to the occasion for a busy Memorial Day Weekend. On Friday, May 23, at 11:00 a.m., the band will be performing along the Rockaway Beach boardwalk to celebrate the beginning of the summer beach season. On Sunday, May 25, at 12 p.m., the band will perform for Mayor Bloomberg at the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade (Parade starts: American Legion on Metropolitan Ave. Parade ends: Woodhaven Blvd. and Metropolitan Avenue.) On Monday, May 26, at 10:00 a.m., the band will perform at the Rockaway Memorial Day Parade (Parade starts: Beach 129 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, near St. Francis de Sales Church. Parade ends: Beach 94 Street.)

Finally, the band has been invited to lead the opening parade at this year's Queens College Commencement Ceremony in Flushing at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 29. Over 10,000 spectators are expected for this performance, and it will be broadcast around the world via the World Wide Web.

ALEXANDER LEICHT

BAND DIRECTOR

BCHS

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