Medina earns 2nd highest score of night at Fall Festival of Bands

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 September 2019 at 6:12 pm

Revamped Vets Park hosted 9 bands, 1,000 spectators for event

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – The Medina Marching Band won the SSI division on Saturday night and earned the second highest score overall among nine bands at the Fall Festival of Bands at Vets Park.

The top photo shows Jada Draper, left, leading the band as the drum major. The Medina band performed to a program titled, “Walk the Path.”

This is Medina’s 53rd season competing as a marching band.

McKenna Callard is the captain of the color guard for the Medina Marching Band.

Medina’s score on Saturday of 76.6 was topped only by Jamestown, with 77.55. Jamestown competes in the larger national class while Medina is with the small schools.

The scores include:

Small Schools 3: Pioneer, 64.3; Le Roy, 65.55; and Northwestern in Albion, Pa., 70.45.

Small Schools 1: Medina, 76.6

Large Schools 2: West Seneca West, 71.55; Webster, 71.95; and Orchard Park, 74.95

National: Lancaster, 75.55; and Jamestown, 77.55

Kaylee Lacey directs the band as the backfield conductor.

A big crowd filled the stands for the nearly three-hour event. This was the first band show at Vets Park since it received new bleachers.

Jim Steele, director of the band, gives a quick walk through before the band’s performance. The staff have lollipops to make sure they don’t shout last-minute instructions.

Madeline Lewis, center right, plays the baritone for the band.

Trenton Crews, right, is the section leader for the clarinets.

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