OSWEGO, NY -The Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers complete the 2011 New York State Field Band Conference competitive season this Sunday night at the Syracuse University Carrier Dome.
Bands from throughout New York State will fill the dome all day with the National Class taking to the field for competition at 7:50 p.m.
Victor will be the first National Class band and will be followed in order by Webster, West Genesee, Arlington, Cicero-North Syracuse, Oswego, Orchard Park and Liverpool.
This will prove to be a very emotional night for the Marching Bucs as it is the final performance for the Oswego High School seniors.
This year’s senior class includes Gina Bartholomew, Emilie Benigno, Kyrstin Blackburn, Taylor Braun, Elizabeth Combs, Katelyn Croucher, Ross DeMidio, Courtney Geers, Monica George, Michael Gill, Naomi Greco, Morgan Hanley, Katherine Hennessy, Stephen Hook, Jennifer Kelley, Khadijah Malone, Emily McCabe, Jeffrey Murray, Stephen Richmond, Katherine Schermerhorn, Eve Simmonds, Ashleigh Thompson and Brandon Walker.
Oswego is coming off a solid performance at the Ohio State Buckeye Invitational where the Marching Bucs finished second in their class as more than 30 bands were in competition.
Marching Bucs director Scott Ciesla said, “We performed in the historical Ohio State Football Field also known as the Horseshoe. The Marching Bucs finished second place in our class with a score of 265 out of 300 and earned a Superior Rating.”
Continuing he said, “We also won two special awards for Best Percussion and Best Color Guard in our class.”
The Marching Bucs ranked fifth overall among the 31 bands and also earned an invitation to the Ohio Music Educators Association Marching Band finals.
Ciesla noted, “It was an outstanding weekend for the Bucs that was capped off with the pleasure of seeing OHS alumni Kristen Bartholomew and the Ohio State Marching Band perform their legendary ‘Script Ohio’. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Ohio State Marching Band performing that routine and we were there to see it! It was a great weekend and the Marching Bucs are looking forward to bringing their success back to New York to show everyone what they are made of.”
He closed by saying, “I would like to say thank you to all of the parents, community, volunteers, the Oswego City School District and our Band Parent Organization for helping us to make this trip a success!”
Oswego returned to compete at Central Square in the final New York State Field Band Conference regular season program.
The Marching Bucs turned in a solid 86.4 score to finish behind West Genesee, Liverpool and CNS.