The Pride of Malverne Marching Band -- reigning New York State champions -- hosted their first annual “Pursuit of Pride” Home Show at Malverne High School's recently renovated stadium on Sunday.
New York State Field Band Conference member schools from Floral Park, Division Avenue, Midland Park, N.J., Kingston, N.Y., Copaigue, Walt Whitman, Huntington, Roslyn, Brentwood, Mineola and Arlington, N.Y., joined the Pride of Malverne in an exhibition of precision footwork, melodious playing and extravagant choreography.
Although Malverne did not compete Sunday, the group did perform their routine to an enthusiastic crowd of family and other fans, whose excitement could not even be tempered by a sudden downpour.
"Mother Nature wiped our turf clean for the use of our champs," said Jacqueline Garay, a proud parent of a Pride of Malverne marching band member who helped put together the showcase. "Give me a team of dedicated parents [and] volunteers, determination, excitement, commitment, community and 100-plus champions. What do you get? The best Pursuit of Pride show ever! Great work all around."
Finishing first in the Small School 3 division was Midland Park, with Roslyn taking home first in the Small School 2 division, and Mineola finishing first in the Small School 1 division. Huntington took first place in the Large School 3 division and Brentwood earned a first place trophy in the Large School 2 division. Arlington took home first place honors in the National Class category.
This is the first time that Malverne High School has hosted a NYSFBC competition. The Pride of Malverne earned NYSFBC state championship titles in 2006, 2010 and 2011.
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