Huntington's marching band is holding a pancake breakfast

Blue Devil Marching to Host Pancake Breakfast

Huntington's marching band is holding a pancake breakfast

February 6, 2019

Huntington High School’s Blue Devil marching band will host its seventh annual pancake breakfast at the Halesite Fire Department on Sunday, February 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend from parents and friends of the band to the greater Huntington community. Tickets are $10 at the door for adults and $5 per child for those under the age of eight. The price of tickets purchased online will be discounted to $8. All proceeds will go directly to defray annual expenses related to the band.

The pancake breakfast includes unlimited pancakes for everyone attending as well as the usual breakfast trimmings. Blue Devil marching band members will be serving. Tickets can be purchased online at .

The Blue Devil band has traditionally been one of New York’s finest. It finished second in the state at last year’s NYS Field Band Conference championships in Syracuse.

The band is known for its high musical quality, excellent arrangements, color guard choreography and powerful percussion arrangements. The Blue Devils will be marching in the Huntington St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 10.

“Our seventh annual pancake breakfast is an important fundraising event for the Band Parent Association of Huntington,” said Marina Obermaier, co-president of the organization. “The award winning band is a large group of 100-plus young musicians needing logistics support and financial support to get through each competitive season. We do this in full partnership with Huntington UFSD, the school community and the Huntington community at-large to make sure that no student who wants to participate is prevented from doing so for financial reasons. We are hoping for a great turnout again this year and welcome everyone to our pancake breakfast.”

For more information about the pancake breakfast contact Tom Holly at [email protected] or Band Parents Assn. co-Presidents Marina Obermaier ([email protected]) or Miriam Engle ([email protected].)

Huntington High School music teacher James Cloyd Doty organized the first band in 1934. It was open to boys and girls in all four classes, according to the 1936 edition of The Huntingtonian, the high school yearbook. “Although newly organized, this group has worked very hard and with the cooperation of the student body, the band members have received blue and white uniforms,” states the yearbook. “They gave a new feeling of school spirit to all of the occasions at which they appeared this year.”

More than eight decades after its founding, the Blue Devil band is still going strong. 

The band's color guard unit sparkles annually. (Darin Reed photo
The band's color guard unit sparkles annually. (Darin Reed photo)
The Blue Devil marching band is comprised of exceptional musicians. (Darin Reed photo (3)
The Blue Devil marching band is comprised of exceptional musicians. (Darin Reed photo.)
Blue Devil marching band founder and music teacher James Cloyd Doty.
Blue Devil marching band founder and music teacher James Cloyd Doty .