The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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October 30, 2013

Mustangs march to victory

Medina Journal-Register — The Medina Mustang Marching Band successfully completed its drive for five on Sunday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

The Mustangs competed in the New York State Field Band Conference, which was celebrating its 40th anniversary. The championship competition included about 5,000 students from 54 different schools throughout New York, and one each from New Jersey and Connecticut performing in the three small school and three large school divisions.

Medina competed in Small School 1 (SS1) against six other bands, winding up with a score of 91.50 to pace the group. It is the fifth consecutive year that Medina has won the prestigious Governor’s Cup. The band, under the direction of co-directors Jim Steele and Cheri Pritchard, performed their show, “The Pursuit of Gold.” 

The show celebrates America’s most famous Olympic moments, and at the Dome on Sunday the band was led onto the field by Drum Major Cameron Morgan and Kathy Turner, an Olympic speed skater who has won three Olympic medals (two gold, one silver) her career. The win marked Medina’s 13th Governor’s Cup victory.

Rounding out the SS1 division were New Hartford(89.90), East Irondequoit (86.35), Oswego in (85.15), East Syracuse-Minoa (84.65), Mohonasen (83.00), and Leroy (80.75).

Other first place winners were Corning East (SS2, 81.30), Westmoreland (SS3, 78.60), West Genesee (National Class, 96.25), Lancaster (LS2, 83.20), and West Seneca (LS3, 83.20).

In the week leading up to the Dome performance, Medina held its final dress rehearsal and its senior recognition. The senior honor was postponed at the band’s home show due to inclement weather. On the morning of the competition, the Band Boosters hosted a Dome Breakfast before one last rehearsal at Hobart College. Finally, the band travelled to the Dome for its winning performance.

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