Our History

The “Pride of Malverne”

MHS_Finals_2004_047The Pride of Malverne began competing in 2000, under the direction of Michael Messina, and has a short but rich competitive history. After several years of local shows, the band first competed in the NYSFBC Championships in 2003 and finished 8th out of 11 bands. In 2006, just three years later, the band took first place with the show “Miss Saigon” and became Small School 3 State Champions.

In 2008, Director Erin Lynch and Assistant Director Glen Johnson took over the marching band. In 2010, with the show entitled “The Planets,” The Pride of Malverne brought home its second state championship in the Small School Division 3 class. In 2011, the band moved up a class and became NYSFBC Small School Division 2 Champions with the show “Rhythms, Layers & Echoes.” In 2014, the band was taken over by Director Glen and Assistant Director Alyssa Rizzuto.

In addition to competitions, the marching band performs annually at the Newsday Marching Band Festival, the Lighting of Malverne festivities, the Malverne Memorial Day Parade, and home football games. In February, 2016 the band marched down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World for the Festival of Fantasy parade. The band recently appeared in Newsday and on News 12 Long Island. Other highlights include a feature on the CW11 Morning News with Larry Hoff in the fall of 2007, as well as performances in the Cablevision Parade Spectacular in Stamford, CT (1999-2002).

In 2016, the band was moved up to the highest division in the Small School Class of the New York State Field Band Conference, Small School Division 1. In the same year, Malverne created a new program to allow for a winter guard to compete in the M.A.I.N circuit. Having a Cinderella season, the Malverne High School Winter Guard won the Mid Atlantic Indoor Network 2016 Scholastic Novice Dennison Division Championship. Just two years later, in 2018, the Pride of Malverne won the NYSFBC Championship title in Small School 1, appearing on ABC Eyewitness news as the first Long Island school to win the Small School 1 Championship cup.

Championship Seasons


2006 Champions


“Miss Saigon”



2010 Champions


“The Planets”



2011 Champions


“Rhythm, Layers and Echoes”



2018 Champions


“The Uninvited”