PCHS Marching Band finishes second in Allentown
PCHS Band brings home a second place at recent competition
Saturday, Nov. 2, was a busy day for the Port Chester Marching Band.
The day began with a 10 a.m. rehearsal at King Street School, followed by a lunch and boarding a bus at 3:30 p.m. By 6 p.m., the band was practicing its routine again and at 8:30 p.m. it was competition time at the USBands Class 6A National Championships in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
When the band and its chaperones returned home at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, they were tired but happy.
The band won a second place overall trophy for its show, “Into the Arctic Blue.” Band members in Port Chester finished ahead of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Jackson Memorial High School, Phillipsburg High School and Hunterdon Central Regional High School, schools from New Jersey.
In addition, the band received a first place prize for percussion.
“This is our third year in a row earning a second place at the Allentown competition, which we consider to be a really great achievement because those bands are really great,” Band Director Mike Miceli said.
“The story this year really involves a comeback story,” Mr. Miceli said, explaining on Oct. 5, the band finished in last place at the Yamaha Cup at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
“The kids worked hard. They were resilient and they made a comeback,” he said. Mr. Miceli also thanked the Band Association, including Co-Presidents Debra Scocchera and Christy Heffernan for its support.