High School Wind Ensemble to Play at Carnegie Hall
(Sayville High School Wind Ensemble photo courtesy of Jo-Art Photographers)
A unique and special day, February 29th occurs once every
four years in a Leap Year.
For the Sayville High School Wind Ensemble, this February
29th will be even more distinctive—the Wind Ensemble will make its debut
performance at Carnegie Hall !
Under the direction of Mr. Peter De Salvo, the group will be
performing several amazing pieces including the first movement from Johan de
Meij's Symphony No. 1 'The Lord of the
Rings' for Wind Orchestra - GANDALF , a work that was commissioned by
Sayville Music Boosters for the Arts (SMBA) specifically for the Sayville HS
Wind Ensemble, Tir Na Nog by Carl
Strommen (who will be attending the concert), and conclude with Eternal Father, Strong To Save by Claude
T. Smith, which is dedicated to the U. S. Navy Band and based on the "Navy
Mr. DeSalvo, who is retiring after 34 years of public
education as a music teacher, says, "All the students and I are excited to
have this 'opportunity of a lifetime' to perform at the legendary Carnegie
Hall, in NYC. The Sayville HS Wind Ensemble has a statewide reputation of
excellence and this performance caps off the list of its accomplishments. It is
my hope that this concert doesn't mark the end of this ensemble's performance
accomplishments, but rather, foster the continued pursuit of musical excellence
and a profound appreciation of the arts found in the students of the Sayville
HS Wind Ensemble and the Sayville Public
Schools. This is the legacy that I sincerely wish to possess."
The Wind Ensemble will travel to Carnegie Hall via coach bus
funded by SMBA . They will be on the program at 8PM with four other select High
School bands and choruses from around the US. Sayville residents are encouraged
to attend this prestigious concert. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at the
Carnegie Hall website or at the box office before the concert.
For further information contact Mr. Peter DeSalvo (631)
or email Nancy Buono