Marching bands show mettle in Medina downpour

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 September 2013 at 12:00 am

Ashley Webb, a drum major for Le Roy, leads the band in its performance of “Ashes to Ashes” at Vets Park tonight in Medina.

Bands performed for three hours at Vets Park before judges stopped the Fall Festival of Bands

Photos by Tom Rivers

Madeline Bilicki, a member of the Medina Color Guard, is dressed as a gymnast for the band’s performance of “The Pursuit of Gold,” a tribute to Americans in the Olympics.

Cameron Morgan, Medina’s drum major, directs the 130-member band in the pouring rain. Medina was the last band to perform before judges stopped the Fall Festival of Bands due to the weather.

Melissa Oosterling, a five-year member of the Color Guard in Medina, didn’t let the rain slow her down.

Members of the pit for the Medina Mustangs keep playing despite an onslaught of rain.

A good-size crowd turned out to watch the Fall Festival of Bands. The event was scheduled to include 12 bands over about four hours, but the final hour was cut as the rain became more intense.