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Jamestown Public Schools

The JHS Red Raider Marching Band won first place in the Large School Class at the 45th New York State Field Band Conference on October 28th in Syracuse with a score of 89.90, which was three points better than the second place finisher. The band came home Sunday with the championship trophy. 

“We are thrilled with the results! We knew we had a good product and this was going to be a special year,” said Meghan Murray, JHS Marching Band Director.  “Our students and staff have worked so hard and I am so happy to have their work be recognized in this way.  Our drum majors, Carley Westphal and Dylan Lydell, and color guard captains, Kendra Nickerson, Autumn Osborne and Brooke Soldano, helped lead the group to a great season. I would like to give a special ‘thank you’ to our amazing staff and parent volunteers. Without them we truly could not be successful.”

More than 4,000 high school band members and 53 high school marching bands participated in the conference. Jamestown High School was part of the Large School classification with Sachem, West Seneca, Linderhurst, Webster, Orchard Park, Corning-Painted Post, Horseheads, Huntington and Kingston.