Story by Katie Lindley, junior, William Floyd High School, Public Relations Intern
The William Floyd Wind Ensemble recently had the amazing opportunity to perform on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid during Fleet Week New York over Memorial Day weekend. As a flute player in the group, I had the privilege of being able to observe the audience and the pride on Wind Ensemble director Michael Cordaro’s face from the first row.
After playing Symphony No. 1, “The Lord of the Rings” by Johan de Meij, an attendee asked Mr. Cordaro the name of the song and complimented the band’s ability to play such a sensitive piece. While continuing the planned level VI program, three different adults asked where the band was from, and all three of them had the same shocked expression on their faces when they found out we were a high school band from Long Island. During the hour-long performance in 90-degree temperatures, attendees hit the record buttons on their phones to capture the music I was creating with 100 of my friends.
Performing on the USS Intrepid was an honor that I was lucky to share with my musical role models, my talented peers, and teachers from across the district. Being led by Mr. Cordaro and having the opportunity to perform alongside six teachers – Jullia Bellante on the clarinet, Wendy Gross on the flute, Garry Helbock on the saxophone, Sharon Kitzis on the flute, Chris Miranda on the trumpet and Christine Saraceno on the piccolo – was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will always cherish.
The admiration that attendees showed for the music that we played is proof that the hard work by the teachers and my fellow music students is paying off. Tackling such a challenging performance during the prestigious Fleet Week was just another experience adding to the greatness of the William Floyd Music Department.