OSWEGO, NY – The James Madison University Ã¢â‚¬Å“Parade of ChampionsÃ¢â‚¬Â is an outstanding event that brings together top bands from throughout Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic states.
This Saturday Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Pride of OswegoÃ¢â‚¬Â will be taking the field for competition at this illustrious event.Ã‚Â The Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers have been quite successful in their two previous trips to the JMU competition. Expectations and hopes are high for this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s edition.
Oswego is coming off its best performance of the year in last weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Liverpool High School hosted New York State Field Band Conference program.
Cicero-North Syracuse captured first place with a 91.20 while the Marching Bucs had a season high 88.15 for second and was followed by Central Square who was scored with an 88.10.
There are just two shows left for this season as the Bucs are at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., this week and on Sunday evening Nov. 1 the ten National Class bands will vie on the turf of the Carrier Dome.
At JMU, Oswego will be competing in Class AA along with Prince George, Riverbend, Ocean Lakes, South County Secondary, E.C. Glass, Harrisonburg, Colonial Heights and Forest Park. The Marching Bucs will perform at 3 p.m. with the awards ceremony scheduled for shortly after 4 p.m.
One of the highlights of the show will be the performance of the JMU Marching Royal Dukes as the huge band fills with field with hundreds of members and the acoustically perfect stadium allows fans to hear the perfect blend of all instruments.
More than 40 bands compete in this annual event which commences at 8 a.m. and winds down at 10 p.m.
Oswego will leave depart from OHS at 6 a.m. Friday and will arrive in Winchester by mid afternoon. The Bucs will practice on Friday evening at the Warren County Middle School in Front Royal, Va.
Saturday morning practice will be held at the James Wood Middle School in Winchester, VA and the band will arrive at James Madison University at 1 p.m. to prepare for their performance.
After the awardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ceremony the Bucs will board their buses to head north.
Saturday evening there will be a stop at the Endless Caverns in New Market, Va.
Sunday the band will stop at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa., for a bit of fun and relaxation after a long weekend.
It is expected that the Bucs will arrive home around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.