KENILWORTH, NJ - As a result of coronavirus restrictions, the regular routine of the David Brearley High School Marching Band has seen a myriad of changes. Many of the instruments previously used are not allowed, such as brass and woodwind instruments.
DBMHS Band Director Anthony LaBruno has done an outstanding job of readjusting the band to the restrictions caused by the pandemic. Jessica Paiva, the Color Guard Director plays the keyboard and Gregory Miller is the Drill Instructor. This year's marching band consists of bass, electric guitars, percussion, and more.
“I am extremely impressed with how the students have adapted to these unprecedented circumstances, some of them going above and beyond to help the marching band program succeed this season. For example, we have a few seniors who have played wind instruments since elementary school. They have volunteered to play a percussion instrument in order to be able to participate in-person at the football games and fill out our percussion section. I know I speak for myself, as well as Mrs. Paiva and Mr. Miller, when I say it is an honor to see such dedication from our students in spite of all the COVID-related adversity” said LaBruno.
The band continues to rock the stands while properly social distancing. With songs such as “We Will Rock You” and “Seven Nation Army” everyone is having a great time. Any band member who plays an instrument not allowed at the game is now able to participate in a Virtual Halftime Show. They each upload their own recording of the song “Any Way You Want It” to Mr. LaBruno, who mixes it all together. This song is played at every halftime for the crowd.
Despite the obstructions caused by COVID, the spirit of the Kenilworth Marching Band remains unfazed. Thanks to the leadership of Mr. LaBruno, band members are still able to help energize spectators and athletes.