The Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers competed in the U.S. Bands circuit this past weekend at MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.
Oswego participated in the Yamaha Cup with 65 other 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 en route to the competition in Middletown, N.Y.
There they were greeted by former Oswego Superintendent of Schools Ken 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.”
The season concludes Sunday, Oct. 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.