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MacArthur's Winter Wind Ensemble Gives the Gift of Music During the Holiday Season

January 02, 2018

Throughout the month of December, the MacArthur Winter Wind Ensemble continued its long-standing tradition of holiday concerts in and around the Levittown community. From school board meetings, shopping malls and high school hallways, the group sharedthe gift of wonderful holiday music to all who heard them play.

Under the direction of Mr. Joseph Romano, the Winter Wind Ensemble is an extra-curricular group comprised of some of the best woodwind players that MacArthur High School has to offer. The ensemble began practices back in October to prepare a repertoire of more than two dozen winter holiday selections.

The Winter Wind Ensemble performed exceptionally well at each of their three events this season. Their first concert took place on Wednesday, December 13, in the auditorium of the Levittown Memorial Education Center just before the meeting of the Levittown Board of Education. The Winter Wind Ensemble earned a rousing ovation from the audience after playing a half-hour long set of music for parents, teachers, administrators and members of the Board of Education. To close out this performance, Mr. Romano got the entire audience to accompany the ensemble by snapping and clapping along to the ensemble's swinging rendition of Winter Wonderland.

The second Winter Wind Ensemble performance of the season took place on Tuesday, December 19, at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville. The ensemble playedjoyfully for parents, friends and family as well as the numerous holiday shoppers and mall employees who stopped to listen. A feature of this concert wasMr. Romano's arrangement of the Christmas classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The performance featured an impressive clarinet duo played by Emily Cammarata and Nicole Cheung.

On Friday, December 22, the Winter Wind Ensemble closed out its season with another of its holiday traditions - their annual "passing period" performances. For this event, the ensemble serenadedstudents, faculty and staff alike with "mini-concerts" as they madetheir way through the halls.

This year's Winter Wind Ensemble wasled by some talented musicians including seniorsCarmelle Midy and Danielle Rodriguez on flute; Emily Cammarata on clarinet; Benjamin Rosen on bass clarinet; and John Dambra on Contra Alto Clarinet. Setting the tempo and adding special musical touches to each arrangement were percussionists George Mavrommatis and Joseph Novello.

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