BOLTONLANDING-The musicians of Bolton High School Marching Band thoroughly enjoyed their appearance as featured performers at a New York Mets baseball game last week, band director Stan Walkanowski reported Monday.
The 36-member band performed the "Star Spangled Banner" just before the first pitch of the Mets showdown May 5 with San Francisco Giants at Citi Field in Queens.
"It was an incredible thrill," he said. "The band played so well - I was really proud of them."
And although the Bolton band's performance wasn't broadcast over national television like the rest of the game, it was beamed back to Bolton via the clever work of a school administrator.
Kathleen Dennin, Business Manager for Bolton Central Schools, broadcast the band's performance live through her iPhone video camera, Walkanowski said.
The band's performance was shown live at the Mets stadium on the giant video boards. Marching out of the stadium presented a problem as they were required to walk single file - so the students they had to spontaneously change their practiced formation, Walkanowski said.
"But they grabbed onto it, it was all good," he added.
Although they didn't get to meet some of their favorite players, they did have some contact with them - the band's drummers reported that Jose Reyes and another Mets standout brushed the back of their shirts as they were conducting warm-up exercises right behind them near the dugout, Walkanowski said.
Walkanowski arranged the performance as a special final trip for the band before his his retirement in June.