|Posted by Jeanine Jelinek on April 12, 2019 at 2:30 PM|
On April 12th, Benet Academy surprised Coach Andy Marchese with a welcome reception in St. Daniel Hall. The 96-year-old Benet Legend served as Benet’s Band Director for many years.
Retired as well as current Benet Faculty and Staff attended the reception. In addition to connecting with former colleagues, Coach Marchase was able to hear performances from the Concert Chorale, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra. Coach Marchese then directed the Ensemble and Orchestra in the Alma Mater and Fight Song, both of which he composed when he served as Benet’s Band Director, and treated the group to a trumpet performance!
Amidst a wide-ranging musical career, Coach Marchese has been connected with Benet Academy for over sixty years. Looking for a job, he happened to show up in the office of then St.Procopius Academy Principal, Father Thomas Havlik, just after a graduation during which the band's playing collapsed in the midst of the national anthem. Coach Marchese was hired on the spot, and he's been one of the Academy's treasures ever since.