The Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers competed in the U.S. Bands circuit this past weekend at the home of the New York Giants and Jets, MetLife Stadium.
Oswego participated in the Yamaha Cup with 65 other talented marching bands from throughout the East Coast.
Band Director Scott Ciesla said, “The Marching Bucs performed very well. We had two excellent practices on the trip and it really paid off. We finished with a score of 80.79 which was good for fourth place out of eight. We just missed third place by just two tenths of a point.”
Continuing he said, It was a very rewarding experience and the Marching Bucs did a great job! I am quite proud of the students and I feel like we made a lot of progress. We have definitely set ourselves up for success as we come back home to compete in Central Square this upcoming Saturday evening.”
There was a former local connection for the Marching Bucs as they stopped enroute to the competition in Middletown, N.Y.
There they were greeted by former Oswego Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Eastwood who had graciously offered the use of the Middletown School District facilities to his former district.
Ciesla said, “Dr. Eastwood was fantastic. They have a beautiful field and facilities. The field was relatively new and built with grant money that was also used to build a state of the art theatre with as well. The staff there was very supportive and unbelievably helpful. They had a sound and visual crew there to provide microphones and they also taped our run through so we could review it on the Jumbotron screen. It was a valuable tool to give our students instant feedback.”
He noted that he hoped the Buc musicians were beneficial to the future of Middletown’s program.
He said, “There was also a nice moment where we met the marching band of the school. The school is trying to build a competitive marching program and I had the opportunity to talk with their band students during our rehearsal. They also got to watch us practice as well as perform our show for them. We also had their band interact with our students so they could ask questions and meet other students interested in the same activity. Our students truly acted as ambassadors for Oswego and really represented our district with Pride and Honor. We plan to stay in contact with the Middletown band members to help support them in their efforts. These kids make me very proud to be here in Oswego. Honestly each and every day they make all of us want to work harder for them. Truly a great bunch of young people and I am honored to be their director!”
This Saturday night the Marching Bucs head to Central Square for the final regular program of the year.
Oswego will take the field for competition at 7:48 and will be followed by Cicero-North Syracuse, West Genesee and Liverpool.
The season concludes in spectacular fashion on October 28 as the Marching Bucs will be competing in the New York State Field Band Conference Association Championships at the Syracuse University Carrier Dome where nine bands will vie for the National Division crown.