HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ --  Members of Hasbrouck Heights Marching Band returned to the the rehearsal room and practice field for the annual band camp which just wrapped up on Friday. They worked on a new halftime program, including music and field show, for the upcoming football season. The band's grass practice field is behind the high school's gym, between the Neil McCarthy Tennis Courts and Hitchcock Field.

According to band director Joseph Ascolese there are 50 members of the marching Aviators, both musicians and color guard, an increase of 11 from last year. It is the second year in the new uniforms.

"We're looking forward to another great year," said Ascolese.

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Band camp ran Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and included rehearsing both the band and small group practice, and on-field show, as well as the National Anthem and pep tunes. Graduates, including Brianna Kelly, Erin Bischoff, Janeth Fermin, Kayla Fontalvo, Matthew Sireci, Emily Menendez, and Steve Byrne, also stopped by to visit and support current band members. 

Ascolese is assisted by Color Guard director Bette Medina, and drill instructor Mike Coppola. This year’s drum major is senior Cherlowe DeGuzman. Color Guard captain is junior Jayden Schuler.

This year’s halftime show includes songs "The Pretender," "Ain't Nothin' Wrong With That," and "Tuesday Afternoon."

In addition to all of the home and away varsity football games, the marching band performs at the annual Holiday and Memorial Day parades in Hasbrouck Heights. The Music Parents Association is again planning a series of community outreach projects called Band Together for a Cause. 

In addition, the Music Parents Association will be sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Hasbrouck Heights Food Pantry during Town Day. Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the group's table. 



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