Medina Marching Band co-director takes job at Orchard Park

Posted 28 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos from Medina Marching Band – Cheri Pritchard attended the first field band practice on June 23 and said her good byes to the students and parents. Many tears were shed from both sides.

Press Release, Medina Marching Band

MEDINA – Cheri Pritchard, Medina Middle School instrumental music instructor and co-director of the Medina Mustang Marching Band, will be leaving Medina and accepting the high school band director position at the Orchard Park Central School District.

Pritchard graduated from Orchard Park and after college came to Medina
to teach and co-direct the marching band. She was 22 when she came to Medina.

Being a part of the Mustang Band family for 7 years has been a life-changing experience, Pritchard said. She’s proud to be a part of winning multiple state championships, several Gorham championships and many deserving trophies.

While those are exciting experiences, she said the intangibles are what make Medina special: the value of tradition, the many students and their parents who have participated in the program, the community and district support, the high standard of excellence – striving for 100 percent from each student that marches with the band uniform on. These values, in combination with the strong family atmosphere, is what makes this program special, Pritchard said.

The Marching Band program wishes Pritchard the best in her new endeavor. Medina will see her again when Orchard Park performs at Medina’s home show and again when Medina travels to Orchard Park for that show.