07/08/17 5:59am
07/08/2017 5:59 AM

My wife always fires back the same wisecrack each time I make a joke about her joining a concert band. For example, we walked past the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts during Tuesday’s Fourth of July parade, where a concert band had assembled in front to fill the morning air with patriotic tunes as the fire trucks and dancers and Boy Scouts marched by. READ

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01/29/17 6:00am

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Music comes naturally to Alex Montalbano, a 16-year-old junior at Riverhead High School.

He learned to play piano at home as a child and began playing the flute in the school’s band program in fifth grade. Alex mastered the flute quickly and expanded his musical repertoire by taking up the clarinet the following year. READ