By Dominick Buccitti – Editor-in-Chief
The Jonathan Law band has started the 2017-2018 school year with a bang – and a clash.
This fall, the band has had two major performances: marching in the Connecticut Day Parade at the Big E and participating in a “side-by-side” performance with the United States Marine Corps Band stationed at Base Quantico.
The members of the band sat with the Marines while they played pieces from their Tour of New England. Band director Mr. Giampietro got to conduct the Marine Corps Band.
“We’ve been much better in the past two years, and are continuing to work hard to get better,” junior band member Michael Bagdasarian said.
The band has performed a 10-minute halftime show at each of the home football games. They are also playing in the upcoming Milford Veteran’s Day parade.
“The band is good this year,” junior band member Jessica Scherback said. “We got a few new people which is always nice.”
Outside of marching band, the concert band and the Jazz ensemble will perform in the Jonathan Law Holiday Concert on December 13. Later in the school year, the band will travel to New York, to attend a clinic at Columbia University with the Wind ensemble director.
“I think that the experience we will have at Colombia will have a great impact on our program and I think it will allow us to improve and grow,” junior band member Hannah Swenning.
As the band has grown, they will be losing four senior members: Kyle Shugrue, Sam Serbin, Sean Patterson, and and Nelson Gomes.
“Each of these four young musicians has made an important impact on our band and it will be sad in June to see them go,” Giampietro said. “I am hoping that the commitment and dedication they have made to our progress and growth will make a lasting impact on our current band members.”
The band has current goals of growing even larger and improving their skills of musical problem solving.
“This year has already been an amazing experience of growth and achievements throughout the band, both through bonding together and welcoming in our talented new members,” junior band member Alyssa Decker said.