This Saturday night the 110-member Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers will debut the “Amelia Earhart: The Legacy of Courage” as the New York State Field Band Conference Association season commences.
The Marching Bucs performed their new show this past Wednesday evening before family, friends and fellow students.
Band Director Scott Ciesla is ready to take his band to East Syracuse-Minoa this Saturday for a show that begins at 6 p.m. Oswego will take to the field for competition at 7:15 p.m. and will compete against East Syracuse-Minoa and New Hartford in the Small School 1 classification.
Ciesla noted, “All of the staff is very excited with how well the students are performing this early in the season. I think everyone will be quite excited with the product that Bucs are putting on the field this year.”
He also explained the change in classification as the Bucs have been a member of the National class for decades.
Ciesla said, “Due to decreasing enrollment in the Oswego City School District we will be performing in Small School 1, the National Class of small schools. As the director, we always strive to compete at the highest level and that will always be the goal of our program. As for competition, I think we will do quite well in this class because we will be competing against bands that are of similar size. It is an exciting time to be a Marching Buccaneer.”
This year’s program pays tribute to Amelia Earhart and the final movement of the show celebrates her courage and how she inspired future pilots to push the boundaries of aviation that forever changed history.
The drum majors for this year’s edition of the Bucs are Cassandra Hondro and Anne Reynolds.
Soloists include Emily King (trumpet), Tory Welsch (trumpet), Alexander Carl (mellophone), Justin Abbott (trombone), Conor Henrie (tuba), Betsey O’Gorman (guard) and Danielle Gilbert (guard).
The Bucs will be hosting the annual Pageant of Champions at Joe Wilber Field on September 21 beginning at 6 p.m.