Port Chester is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. The village is part of the town of Rye. As of the 2010 census, Port Chester had a population of 28,967. The village name is pronounced with the same emphasis pattern as that of the county which contains it, i.e. PORT ches-ter, not Port CHES-ter.
Port Chester is one of only twelve villages in New York still incorporated under a charter, the other villages having incorporated or re-incorporated under the provisions of Village Law.
Music is very popular in the village of Port Chester’s schools. The Port Chester High School Marching Band has performed at Giants Stadium, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the Orange Bowl Parade as well as other large events; the band also participated in several feature films including the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street (during the opening parade scene) and Spider-Man 3. Port Chester Public schools boast award winning vocal groups at the middle and high school levels, and musical instruction begins at the elementary school level.
The Capitol Theatre has been host to a number of popular musical acts in Port Chester and is considered a musical landmark. Music fans from around the country travel to Port Chester for a live music experience at the historic theatre, which is known to have hosted such acts as Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, Phish, Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Lauryn Hill, and Willie Nelson among many others.
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