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Sunday, October 24, 2004

* Carrier Dome *

 8:30 AM

 

LS3 = Large School Division III            SS2 = Small School Division II 

               SS3 = Small School Division III

Highlighted bands are champions of their respected divisions

 

   Class:     time:        School:                                  Score   

LS3        (1:49)      -      Huntington

87.90

LS3      (2:41)    -    Walt Whitman

86.80

SS2        (10:40)   -     Phoenix

86.80

SS2      (11:19)  -   Mohonasen

86.30

LS3      (1:36)    -   Brentwood

85.80

LS3      (3:20)    -   West Seneca West

85.70

SS2      (10:53)  -   Northwestern

84.55

LS3      (2:15)    -   Auburn

84.35

LS3      (2:02)    -   Sachem

84.30

SS2      (11:06)  -   Marcus Whitman

84.05

SS2      (12:11)  -   Mineola

83.90

SS2      (11:45)  -   Johnstown

83.85

LS3      (3:33)    -   Hicksville

80.15

SS3    (9:09)  -  LeRoy

80.00

LS3      (3:07)    -   Corning East

78.55

SS3      (8:43)    -   Malverne

78.35

LS3      (3:46)    -   Union Endicott

77.10

LS3      (2:54)    -   Vestal

76.60

SS3      (9:35)    -   Westmoreland

75.35

SS3      (10:01)  -   Wellsville

74.75

SS3      (9:48)    -   Garden City

74.55

LS3      (1:10)    -   East Ramapo

72.85

SS3      (10:14)  -   Midland Park

72.75

SS3      (8:56)    -   Penn Yan

71.55

SS2      (11:58)  -   Falconer

71.55

LS3      (3:59)    -   Mahopac

71.30

LS3      (2:28)    -   Deer Park

71.05

LS3      (1:23)    -   Binghamton

69.40

SS3      (8:30)    -   Roslyn

67.80

SS2      (11:32)  -   Lima Christian

67.30

SS3      (9:22)    -   Pioneer

67.20

SS3      (10:27)  -   Frewsburg

65.30

 

LS2 = Large School Division II                SS1 = Small School Division I

                                            

LS2

(4:12pm) - Baldwinsville

93.15

(5:04pm) - Horseheads

92.45

(4:38pm) - Copaigue

90.60

(5:17pm) - Jamestown

89.90

(4:51pm) - Lancaster

87.30

(4:25pm) - Central Square

85.80

SS1

(7:33pm) - Norwich

92.10

(6:41pm) - Medina

91.05

(6:15pm) - Victor

89.85

(7:20pm) - Jordan Elbridge

89.45

(6:54pm) - East Syracuse-Minoa

89.15

(6:28pm) - New Hartford

86.75

(7:07pm) - East Irondequoit

85.35

National

(9:08pm) - Arlington

97.50

(8:16pm) - West Genesee

97.30

(8:29pm) - Cicero-North Syracuse

93.60

(7:50pm) - Orchard Park

93.40

(8:42pm) - Oswego

92.90

(8:55pm) - Liverpool

91.50

(8:03pm) - Webster

90.40

Champs play their best
Huntington High School's marching band proves itself to be No. 1 in the state at Syracuse conference

 
October 27, 2004
The hats said it all.
 

Standing in a circle Sunday afternoon, as they did after every performance this season, the members of the Huntington High School marching band were asked by the director to raise their hats if their performance at Syracuse's Carrier Dome was their personal best.
 
All 150 members raised their hats in unison.
Within hours, the band got news that validated their feelings: They had beaten the 14 other bands in their class and achieved the highest accolade of the season - a state championship.

"Everybody came off that field with a smile on their face," said tenor saxophone player Jon Swengler, 16. "We knew we had put out our best."

The state championship is the final competition of the season for the band, which also performed in New York City's Columbus Day Parade. This is only the second year that the band has competed at the New York State Field Band Conference championship, and last year the band came in second place, just behind another local band, Copiague High School.

From the stands Sunday, band parents offered support and watched as every step and note seemed to click just as it should. "It was so exciting to watch them," said Suzanne Kiesel, 40, whose son Connor, 15, plays trombone. "We knew they had done the best performance they had ever done."

Their winning performance was a nine minute-long repertoire called "Medusa," an original composition by Key Poulan of California, who arranges music for bands across the country. The band members, with hundreds of parents, drove up on Saturday and stayed overnight.

Kiesel, who is president of the band's parent association, calls herself a surrogate mom to the members. "I'm there for every mother who couldn't be there," said Kiesel, who does everything from applying Band-Aids to braiding hair.

This year marked director Aaron Evens' first year with the band. Though only 22 years old, Evens has 13 years of marching band and drum corps experience and parents said they welcomed his "fresh ideas and approaches" to the performances. Evens said he hopes to eventually build the band up to a national performance level and compete with other states. But he said he tries not to let the possibility of winning interfere with his larger goals.

"We're using band as one way of bettering students," Evens said. "It's about allowing each student to reach their fullest potential."

Huntington High School was one of more than 10 Long Island bands, including Walt Whitman and Brentwood, which finished second and third respectively, to compete at the championships. Evens said that while upstate marching bands traditionally have been hailed as the big contenders, Long Island bands are making themselves known.

"It's a place that's been a little overlooked in the past, but we've established ourselves as a strong force," Evens said.

Huntington and Walt Whitman are only a few miles away from each other and Evens calls their relationship "absolutely amazing." Swengler said the two encourage each other in a friendly competition.

Swengler is already thinking about next year and is dreading graduating and leaving the band. "It's bittersweet," Swengler said of the championship. "On one end you're happy that all the work you put in paid off, but it's also sad. . . . I wish I could be a senior forever and stay with the band."

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