The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

October 31, 2012

Emotional performance for Mustangs

Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The Medina Mustang Marching Band concluded another successful season Sunday with an emotionally charged first-place performance at the New York State Field Ban Conference’s championship.

Medina’s Carrier Dome performance of their 2012 show, “Coming Home”, which is viewable at, scored a 91.7 and clinched the Mustang Band’s fourth consecutive class championship.

The continued success of the band puts Medina is elite company — in 40 years of the state competition only West Genesee, which won fifteen straight class championships between 1989 and 2003, has topped their class for as long a stretch. That’s despite Medina being the seventh-smallest school of the 52 competing at the NYSFBC event.

“It’s a tribute to the program, the boosters, the administration and the community,” Marching Band Co-Director Jim Steele said. “It takes a combined effort to make sure the program is successful.”

Steele said Medina is blessed to have year after year of talented and hard working kids. This fall they tackled what he described as the most difficult and emotionally resonant performance of recent years.

“Coming Home” pays tribute to the men and women of our military services and celebrates their return home from the conflicts around the world. The music and visual elements presented in the show portray the strong sense of family, courage and celebration of our military heroes.

Students have made a deep commitment to this year’s theme, wearing dog tags and buttons of family and friends who’ve served in the military at every show this season. The band was led out on Erie Davis Legends Field by a Marine recruiter Sunday.

“Their performance on of the most emotional and magicial i’ve seen in many years,” Steele said. “The show could not get any better. It was the best performance they’ve had.”

More than 200 parents, boosters and community members followed the band to Syracuse — part of a larger family that Steele said has allowed Medina’s band to thrive.

“We’re grateful to the community for their support — we do not consider to just be a state championship for the band, it’s a championship for all of medina,” Steele said.

Medina will next perform the show in part for a Veterans Day dinner Nov. 9 before switching to road-mode for the Parade of Lights and spring parades.

The winners in the other NYSFBC classes Sunday were Westmoreland and Marcus Whitman, who tied for first place in Small Schools 3; Kingston in Large Schools 3, Jordan Elbridge in Small Schools 2, Baldwinsville in Large Schools 2.

West Genesee took the National class, giving the Wildcats from Camilius two championships in a row. For now, they’re chasing the Mustangs.