Mustang Marching Band Falls Back Into Step After Canceled 2020 Season
The Mustang Marching Band has been a source of pride for many years in Medina Central School District. Last year, due to the pandemic, marching bands across the state had to cancel their competition season. For many it has not been an easy way back to the field. Band Director Jimmy Steele says that although the high school and middle school students were still able to get individual lessons virtually or hybrid last school year, it was unclear how they would they all come together. “In 2019, we were New York State Champions and now we have to work our way back with losing about 20% of the band because of graduations. We really didn’t do a lot of recruiting. Unfortunately the new norm for many of our students is staying at home, watching TV and being with their families only. Many of them did not pick up their instruments for a couple of years and many felt reluctant to get together with other students so we didn’t get the normal amount of new members. We usually have 10% of the school participate in band and most of students are from 7th to 9th grade, this year most are in 10th to 12th grade.”
Mr. Steele says even though they are down to 87 students as opposed to the normal 100-105, they are still the third largest in the state. “We are lucky, many of the schools are facing challenges in getting enough members and some are not even participating in the season this year. We have a good core group of students and it is going well. Our new show is entitled “Together Again” and it plays off of our past shows, “Together As One” and “Walk the Path”. It is a true celebration of being back after the pandemic.”
This season, students are readjusting to a normal season and getting their marching fundamentals back in sync. They seem to enjoy coming together and creating the magic again. “Their dedication is amazing and we are looking forward to a safe and enjoyable competition season,” says Mr. Steele.
The band has shows scheduled for October 2nd at Oswego High School, October 9th at Webster High School, October 16th at Victor High School, October 23rd at Greece High School and will compete at the NYSFBC level at the Carrier Done in Syracuse on October 31st.