|PCHS Band Association - 2015
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"Brass Ensemble, Color Guard, Concert Band, In-Door Percussion, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Winter Guard "
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December 21 - Winter Concert PCHS 7:30 PM
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|BAND CAMP 2015
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On Saturday, Sept. 19 the Pride of
Port Chester debuted this season's
field show "Music by Queen" in their
first USBands competition. The
competition was hosted by Brien
McMahon High School in Norwalk,
Ct. Port Chester's performance of
four popular Queen songs pleased
both the crowd and judges as it
earned a score of 76.850 in Group V
A and the band came away with the
first place trophy. The band will next
perform in the USBands Yamaha
Cup which is held at MetLife
Stadium in New Jersey on Saturday,
Courtesy of Chris Roca
Pride of Port Chester marches to victory
|USBANDS YAMAHA CUP PHOTOS
PCHS Band fall season marching right along
October 11, 2015
The Pride of Port Chester has been busy as the 2015 band season is in full swing. After
coming off their debut first place victory in the Brien McMahon USBands competition two
weeks ago, the band was edged out of a third place finish by .05 of a point in the USBands
Yamaha Cup which took place in MetLife Stadium. Not to be discouraged, the following day
The Pride of Port Chester was back on the street taking part in a parade celebrating 375 years
of the Town of Greenwich. The band played to an enthusiastic crowd as it marched down
With the cooler weather and a rainy week, the band toughed it out through the evening
practices, and their hard work and dedication paid off on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the
BandToberfest in Livingston, N.J. Although Port Chester was not competing against another
school, they did perform well and posted a score of 82.15, their highest this season.
To end the week, the band and its supporters were treated to a practice session from
UMassAmherst Minuteman Marching Band. For the past several years the Minutemen have
made Port Chester a waypoint as they make the journey to Allentown, Pa. for the Collegiate
Marching Band Festival. UMass Amherst was a sight to see and hear with 384 band members
taking to the field under the direction of Timothy T. Anderson.
Come see the band this weekend at the PCHS Homecoming football game on Saturday, and
don't miss them as they march in the Columbus Day parade on Sunday.
The Port Chester High School Marching Band performs at MetLife Stadium in the
USBands Yamaha Cup. Courtesy of Chris Roca For print version click here
|Port Chester Patch
9 Port Chester High School Students Chosen for Area All-State Music
Linda Ventura and Robert Vitti are the students' local music instructors
Port Chester (http://patch.com/new-york/portchester), NY (http://patch.com/new-york)
By ALFRED BRANCH (Patch Staff)
October 22, 2015
Nine Port Chester High School students recently were selected to participate in the annual New York
State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) Area All-State Music Festival, according to school
High school musicians from Westchester County were selected for the Area AllState Festival based on
their audition at last spring’s NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festival. Students will attend three rehearsals in
the weeks prior to their performance.
The festival will be held at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College on Thursday, November 5,
at 8:00 p.m. The nine Port Chester students selected are:
For the Area All-State Mixed Choir are Elizabeth Montemurro and Briana Velazquez, sopranos;
Danielle Winchester, alto; and Michael Bansey and Robert Perrone, tenors.
For the Area All-State Women’s Choir are Taylor Masi and Gisella McCallion, altos. Linda Ventura is
the students Port Chester High vocal music teacher.
For the Area All-State Band are Samuel Brown and Charles Simmons, trombones. Their school band
director is Robert Vitti.
The conductors for the various state groups are: Dr. Steven Fryling, Mixed Choir; Jing Ling-Tam,
Women’s Choir; Patrick Burns, Band; Jonathan Handman, String Orchestra; and Dale Lonis, Symphony
For ticket information, call the SUNY Purchase ticket office at 914-251-6200.
Photo: From left, front row, Elizabeth Montemurro, Taylor Masi, Gisella McCallion, Briana Velazquez
and Danielle Winchester. Back row, Robert Perrone, Samuel Brown, Michael Bansey and Charles
Simmons. Photo credit: Port Chester High School.
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Samuel Brown has a dream-to be a high school band director. In Port
Chester, this is no surprise since the faculty of the elementary, middle
and high school have inspired legions of students to study music.
However, Brown, who plans to go into Music Education, has clearly
taken this inspiration deeply to heart.
Currently a senior, Brown says he "plays in the band." When asked for
a few more specifics, he admits he plays the trombone in the concert
and jazz bands, the baritone in the marching band, and is the drum
major for parades. He started the trombone in fourth grade, as most
students in Port Chester do, but when the marching band needed
baritone players, he started a new instrument in eighth grade. Being
drum major is a "big responsibility since everyone is looking to you." In
addition to this flexibility and range in band, Brown plays basketball
and does quite a bit of drama. Incredibly, Brown says there's really a
three-way tie among band, basketball and drama for his favorite.
"Both my older brothers play basketball, so I always wanted to play,"
Brown says. Through basketball, Brown was selected to be a part of
STEER, a student athlete program whose mission is to "use sports
participation to save the world one student athlete at a time." STEER
criteria for choosing students include looking at each student's
academic and athletic record as well as their level of commitment. "All
the kids in STEER are very committed people," said Brown. "They
give you that extra push if you need it, both to become a better athlete
and a better student." The STEER website explains its mission further:
"The core premise is that by removing obstacles to participation and
promoting positive experiences, participants will develop and improve
successful character traits." Brown said that he, for example, needed
some help with his bike. "I ride my bike to school and the front wheel
got broken. STEER found out my bike wasn't working, so they helped
me get a new bike to I could get to school on time." my bike to school
and the front wheel got broken. STEER found out my bike wasn't
working, so they helped me get a new bike to I could get to school on
|This article is part of a series,
Looking Forward, Looking Back,
which profiles both current Port
Chester students and recent
graduates about their academic
experiences and their lives.
Local residents might recognize Brown from his drama roles, including Mr. Cladwell in "Urinetown" and Gordon and
The Man from "Rent." He plans to try out for "Pippin" (this year's high school musical). "I know there will be a lot of
competition," he says. "There's a lot of competition in the high school already because there are so many talented
Brown says laughingly that he is "very busy, constantly busy. But I love it." He must be able to find extra hours in the
day because he also teaches trombone. He started last year after his elementary school music teacher reached out to
him, and it helped confirm his desire to go into education. "I had already discovered that I really like sharing
knowledge. Sometimes my friends would ask me to explain things to them and I really enjoyed trying to get the point
across easily. I really love helping people learn." Teaching private lessons, however, taught Brown a lot right away:
"On that very first day of teaching, I learned so much," he says. He learned that he had to develop a "teacher vibe" in
order to have a good relationship with students.
"I can't be too friendly because then they might not take your advice. I'm not your friend, I'm your teacher-we can
still be nice to each other, but we have to be respectful. But I can't be too intimidating either, because then the
student will just be focused on being scared and then they won't grow or learn to love the instrument at all."
Brown plans to take this knowledge with him; he is applying to colleges that have excellent Music Education
programs (and hopefully a marching band as well).
It is invigorating to hear a student talking about helping people learn and passing on a love for a subject. Education
will clearly be a great fit for Brown, who admits that his dream is a reflection of all the Port Chester teachers, music
and otherwise, who have inspired him along the way. It sounds like Brown will become the kind of teacher or band
director any school would be lucky to have.
Kikki Short is a private tutor and an occasional writer; most recently, she had an essay published in "This I Believe:
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10/30/2015 11:59:00 AM
Looking Forward, Looking Back: Samuel Brown:Looking to pass on a love of music
By Kikki Short
11/6/2015 11:59:00 AM
Facts of Life
The Pride of Port Chester will be going into
their final competition of the season on a high
note and hopes to finish on top. The band will
wrap up the marching season in Allentown, Pa.
at the USBands National Championship on
Sunday, Nov. 8. In the last two weeks, the
band has captured first place in both the
Danbury High School and Old Bridge High
Schools USBands Championships with scores
of 91.35 and 93.47 respectively. The Pride
also earned caption awards: Best Color
Guard, Best Music, Best Overall Effect and
Best Visual in both competitions plus Best
Percussion in Old Bridge.
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