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Good First Show; Marching Bucs Return to Competition

The Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers return to the field for competition this Saturday night at Cicero-North Syracuse.

Band director Scott Ciesla reflected on last week’s opening performance at East Syracuse-Minoa.

Nina Alcasid  playing marimba performs in this year's Amelia Earhart: Legacy of Courage show for the Oswego HIgh School Marching Buccaneers.
Nina Alcasid playing marimba performs in this year’s Amelia Earhart: Legacy of Courage show for the Oswego HIgh School Marching Buccaneers.

He said, “We finished in second with a score of 72.95 while New Hartford was first with a 74.09. It was a good start to the year. The Marching Bucs performed well in their first competition and we have a lot to build upon. The show is enjoyable for all the spectators and judges alike.”

Continuing he said, “The students are gaining confidence and in line to have an outstanding season.”

At Cicero-North Syracuse five Small School 1 bands will be in competition.

The show begins at 5:30 p.m. with Schnectady taking to the field followed by three Large School 2 bands Cicero-North Syracuse, Central Square and Webster.

The Small School 1 division will be next on the agenda with East Syracuse-Minoa, East Irondequoit, Mohonasen, Oswego and New Hartford.  They will be followed by Victor, Liverpool and West Genesee in the National class.

This will be the final preparation before the Bucs host the annual “Pageant of Champions” at Joe Wilber Field on September 21.

The “Pageant of Champions” usually attracts a standing-room only crowd and begins at 6 p.m.  with Samll School 3 Westmoreland followed by Large School 3 Auburn. The Small School 2 bands in competition include Jordan-Elbridge and Phoenix while the Large School 2 bands will be Central Square and Cicero-North Syracuse.

Oswego is a Small School 1 band, but will be performing in exhibition only at the end of the competing bands.

In the SS1 class will be Mohonasen and East Syracuse-Minoa while the National Class will close out the competition with West Genesee and Liverpool.

Tickets for the show are available from Marching Buc band members or at the gate the evening of the “Pageant of Champions.”