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.
The New York State Field Band Conference season has commenced as the Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers opened the new year last Saturday evening at East Syracuse-Minoa.
Trinity Catholic School students participating in NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) solo-fest recently visited residents of Bishop’s Commons to share their musical talents.
Recently members of the Navy Band Northeast’s popular music group “Rhode Island Sound” spent the day with Oswego High School music students.
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.
The Junior High All-County Band recently performed at the John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix. Oswego was well represented at this year’s event.
The Oswego All-County Band will perform this Saturday. Oswego High School will be represented by 20 of its talented students.
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.
Victory earned first place in the National Class at the annual Oswego â€œPageant of Champions.â€