NYS Field Band Conference Championship Show

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JHS Marching Band Drum Major Juliana Yanik.

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Jamestown Public Schools

The JHS Marching Band will compete in the New York State Field Band Conference Championship Show on Sunday, October 31st at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. This championship competition will bring together over 50 of the finest high school marching bands in the northeastern United States. JHS Marching Band will perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday in the National Class competing against eight bands.

“The JHS Marching Band students and staff are thrilled to be returning to Syracuse to compete in the NYSFBC Championships!” said JHS Marching Band Director Meghan Murray. “This is such an exciting time for the students, who have been working since last June to perfect this product. Performing in the Carrier Dome is an experience like no other. Not many young people get to perform on such a huge stage. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one our JHS students will never forget.”

The New York State Field Band Conference Championship show is the culmination of an eight-week season which features nearly 60 bands in thirty-one regional competitions throughout the state. Band members, directors, staff members and boosters from each of the competing schools will have spent countless hours preparing for this prestigious event.

Bands are divided into six different classifications based on school size and past competitive experience. Each band in the championship show will perform a musical and visual show lasting about ten minutes for a panel of ten judges. The judges will score and rank each band within its class. Each band will receive a plaque and the highest scoring New York State band in each class will take home the coveted Governor’s Cup.

The bands in the championship show will represent nearly every region of the state along with one band from New Jersey. The championship show will get underway at 8 a.m. with marching bands in the Small School 3 Class. Bands in this class will include Indian River, Norwich, LeRoy, Floral Park, Falconer-Frewsburg, Marcus Whitman and Pioneer. At 9:45 a.m. will be the bands in the Small School 2 Class which includes Jordan-Elbridge, Roslyn, Johnson City, Union-Endicott, Midland Park, NJ, Division Avenue, Phoenix, Vestal and Westmoreland . Awards for those two classes will be at 12:00 p.m. At 12:45 p.m. the bands in the Large School Class 3 will compete. This class will include performances by Copiague, East Ramapo, Hilton, Auburn, Walt Whitman, Greece and Hicksville. Bands from the Large School 2 Class will take the field for competition at 2:30 p.m. Included in this class will be bands from Rome Free Academy, West Seneca, Kingston, Horseheads, Webster, Sachem, Corning-Painted Post, Orchard Park and Huntington. The awards for Large School 2 and Large School 3 bands will start at 4:45 p.m. The evening show will begin with the Small School 1 Class; New Hartford, Medina, Mohonasen, East Syracuse Minoa, Oswego, Malverne, Mineola, East Irondequoit and Central Square. The National Class competition will begin at 7:45 p.m. and will feature Cicero- North Syracuse, West Genesee, Brentwood, Baldwinsville, Liverpool, Jamestown, Lancaster, Arlington and Victor. The Syracuse University Marching Band will perform an exhibition following Victor. Awards for the Small School 1 and National Class will be at 10:15 PM.

The 2020 and 2021 New York State Field Band Conference Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at this year’s Championship Show. Entering the NYSFBC Hall of Fame are Class of 2020 David Bournazian from Mohonasen and Jack Lamb of Canandaigua. 2021 class consists of John Wevers from Copiague and Joseph McKain from Medina.

Tickets for the New York State Field Band Conference Championships may be purchased on the day of the event at the Carrier Dome ticket booths. The admission price for adults is $19.00 and for students (18 and under) and senior citizens (65 and older) the price is $13.00. The tickets are good for the entire day of the competition.

Additional information about the New York State Field Band Conference Championship show including exact performance times for each band, as well as results from the regular season contests and a history of the conference may be found by visiting their website at http://www.nysfbc.org