The Marching Band


 I interviewed Vito Barretta, an 11th Grade Student at Wantagh High School.  Vito plays the trumpet for the marching band and is also the director of the Pep Band.  His mother, Michelle, was also in the marching band in high school, so he is following in his mother’s footsteps.  Playing an instrument myself (the trombone) that I enjoy, I was really interested in what goes into being in the marching band and this is what Vito had to say:

Chris: Thank you for meeting with me. I am really looking forward to this interview.

Chris: How long have you been playing your instrument?

Vito: I have been playing the trumpet since 5th grade so for 7 years.

Chris: Why did you choose your instrument?

Vito: I always thought that the trumpet was cool so I thought I would give it a try.

Chris: Did it take long to learn how to play the instrument and do the steps at the same time?

Vito: Yes it did take long to get where I am now with the trumpet and a lot of hard work and dedication.

Chris: What events has the marching band been in and do they get to go on any trips?

Vito: the marching band has been in many town parades like the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Also last year the marching band went to Disney World and this year we are going to Hershey Park. We are also planning a trip for next year as well. Going to Disney was a great experience and we made so many memories with our friends. 

Chris: What if you are in multiple activities?

Vito: You can be in other activities.  If you’re in the marching band and play football and are playing at the same event, the football players would play with the team.  

Chris: What advice do you have for kids that want to join the marching band?

Vito: At first it’s going to seem hard trying to learn how to march and play your instrument at the same time but you have to push through and work your absolute hardest. No matter how frustrated you get, just don’t give up and as you work harder and harder, it will get easier for you and more fun!