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Brewster Marching Bears appeared on the "Today Show"

Written by Barbara Livingston Nackman of The Journal News
"BREWSTER — The Brewster High School Marching Band and Color Guard has entertained countless halftime crowds at school football games, marched before thousands in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and even performed on the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space and Museum in Manhattan.

But if that's not enough, band members will achieve another milestone Friday morning — and have the eyes of millions upon them — when their recent performance aboard the Intrepid is scheduled to be broadcast on national television.

"It was a tremendous experience. The students enjoyed it immensely," said George Viglucci, performing arts coordinator for the Brewster schools. "Just being part of that type of event was an eye opener. The students got to see how a TV event is planned and taped."

The segment, involving band and color guard members helping Queens resident Marcial Alzugaray propose to his girlfriend, Brynn Joyce, on the Intrepid deck, was taped Sept. 14. Alzugaray graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy in 2005 and met Joyce through an academy roommate.

The piece is slated for broadcast about 8:45 a.m. Friday on NBC's 'Today' show.

Band members didn't even know the couple, although someone from the show knew someone from Brewster High and the band was enlisted.

"It was so cute. He gave her roses," said color guard Capt. Michelle Varell, 16, a senior. "He got down on one knee and gave her a ring."

The couple plan to marry Sept. 14 in Central Valley.

The group, Varell explained, performed a part of its halftime routine of Michael Jackson songs. After the band played "Thriller" and "Dancing Machine," they broke into "I'll Be There."

That was the cue for the groom, who had changed into a tuxedo, to emerge from the middle of the band and approach his girlfriend in the audience. The color guard members held up signs that read "Will You Marry Me?"

Varell held the letter "A."

For the taping, more than 100 students had to leave Brewster at 5:45 a.m. to rehearse and perform the segment. But it was fun, romantic and a great experience, parents and students agreed.

"It is an honor to be approached to do something like this, but also another experience for the kids to see how they tape the TV show and see how a 3-minute segment can take six to 10 hours of preparation," said Noelle Smith, a member of the Brewster Performing Arts Boosters. Her son Christopher plays trumpet in the band."


Brewster High School Band performs at Home Coming Half Time SHow 2012