Marching Bucs Ready For “Pageant of Champions”


The “Pageant of Champions’ will take to Joe Wilber Field on Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Oswego High School Marching Bucs will play host to one of the largest shows in recent years as a dozen bands will perform before an expected standing room only crowd.

Oswego’s show will bring together on one field seven of the 10 National Division bands in New York State and is the largest representation of the elite class in Oswego in several years.

The program will commence at 6 p.m. as the Large School 3 Auburn Maroons will open the show. Four Small School 1 bands will then vie for top honors with East Irondequoit take the field at 6:15 p.m. followed by Norwich at 6:30 p.m., East Syracuse-Minoa at 6:45 p.m. and Jordan-Elbridge at 7 p.m.

The National Class will have six bands in competition as Cicero-North Syracuse is scheduled for 7:15 and followed at 15 minute intervals by West Genesee, first year National participant Central Square, Victor, Webster and Liverpool.

Oswego will perform in exhibition at 8:45 p.m. and immediately following “The Pride of Oswego” will be the awards ceremony.

The program is the final appearance for Oswego’s seniors as some will have participated in five “Pageant of Champions” during their academic career. This year the senior members of the Oswego High School Marching Bucs include Angelica Alejandro, Kristen Bartholomew, Robert Beach Jr., Alexander Benigno, Matthew Castiglia, Rachel Clark, Samantha Duvall, Elizabeth Feeney, Khristian Fischer, Marian Hill, Corey King, Ashley Kuczawa, Zane Leo, Kathryn Lombardo, Joel Meeks, Madison Palmer, Mason Rabalais, Adrienne Richards, Amber Scruton, Brian Semione, Breanna Sharkey, Elizabeth Vickery, Chelcee Ward and Nate Westcott.

Tickets will be available at the gate on the evening of the “Pageant of Champions” as well as from any Marching Buc band member.

This past Saturday evening the Marching Bucs competed in their second show of the 2009 New York State Field Band Conference season at Cicero-North Syracuse. Under frigid conditions the Bucs earned a 74.85 score to finish in fifth place.

West Genesee captured top honors with an 84.35 and the multi-time New York State Champions were followed by Victor with an 82.95, Liverpool 80.30, Central Square 77.40, Oswego and Webster 71.75. In the Small School 2 category LeRoy earned a 69.20 and Phoenix a 65.10 while in Small School 1 East Syracuse-Minoa received a 75.35 for first place and New Hartford was runner-up at 74.30.

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