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Medina band wins several firsts at Gorham pageant

Posted 1 June 2014 at 12:00 am

Provided photos – The Medina Marching Band won first place for its performance in the parade at Gorham. Medina also won the grand championship trophy.

Press release
Medina Marching Band

The Marcus Whitman Central School District welcomed 17 school districts to participate in the 53rd Annual Pageant of Bands held in Gorham on Friday and Saturday.

This pageant represents an opportunity for students in the various band programs to come together and perform.  While concert and parade bands remain a strong focus, the event also includes twirlers, dancers, percussion, color guard and jazz bands.

In High School Jazz Band competition Class A, Medina took first place with a score of 99,  seconded by Batavia with an 85. Medina Middle School took second place with a score of 93. Medina was bested by Buckman Heights (Greece Central School District) with score of 94.

Specialty awards for Jazz were Medina Middle School and High School for Best Rhythm section; Medina HS for Best Brass and Woodwinds Sections.

In Twirler competition, Medina took first place with a score of 79.5 followed by South Seneca with a 78.5.

In Color Guard competition in the Regional A class, Medina took first place with 86.1 followed by Batavia with 74.4.

Percussion Stand Still (PSS) competition involved five schools competing with Medina taking first place with a score of 83.8.

Concert Band competition concluded with Medina MS taking first place in the JRA class with score of 194.25 while Medina High School in the HSA class finished first with a score of 196.

The parade down Main Street in Gorham included 10 schools. Medina HS took first place with a score of 96.5. Medina also won Best Drum Major and Best Guard unit. Medina also took Best Class Championship in HSA with 292.5.

The Grand Championship Award took an interesting twist this year. In the High School class Medina and South Seneca were tied.

According to the rules the tie-breaker is the Concert Performance. Therefore, the HS Grand Championship Award went to Medina.

The Medina Mustang Band and all of its components are under the co-direction of James Steele and Cheri Pritchard.