Despite the threat of inclement weather early in the morning, the day evolved into a perfect fall day as comfortable temperatures greeted the hundreds of fans who turned out for the New York State Field Band Conference competition in Oswego.
This year senior Emilie Benigno will lead the band onto the field in exhibition, but she will not only be directly nearly 100 classmates, but a substantial number of seniors. The seniors will all be recognized prior to the final retreat of the evening.
Music teacher Scott Ciesla said, “Emily is currently the principal oboist in the OHS Wind Ensemble. She also plays tenor saxophone in the Jazz Ensemble, and has performed in the OHS Symphony Orchestra.” She started in the band program as a flute player and switched to oboe during her sophomore year.
They were selected to perform at halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the premier high school football game in the country. It will be held on January in the Alamodome in San Antonio. Only 125 band and color guard members from around the country are selected. In the past four years, Oswego has had seven representatives.