Medina Marching Band gives preview of upcoming season

Posted 20 August 2023 at 9:11 pm

Photos and information courtesy of Medina Band Boosters

MEDINA – The Medina Marching Band on Thursday evening offered a preview performance of this year’s show on the parking lot by the band barn.

This year’s Fall Field Band’s competition show is entitled, “Confined.”

The band opens its competitive season at Hilton on Sept. 16, followed by the Medina Home Show, the Fall Festival of Bands on Sept. 23.

Then the schedule includes Sept. 30 at Oswego, Oct. 7 at Webster, Oct. 14 at Victor, Oct. 21 at Central Square, and then the State Championships in Syracuse on Oct. 29.

The Medina band is led on the field by senior Drum Major Alex Balaban. At 76 members, the band is the smallest it’s been for decades, largely due to Covid restrictions which impacted the band for about two years. There are six seniors compared to 27 last year. And there are 18 “rookies” marching for the first time ever.

Band Director, Matt Jaeger explains the show to the audience. It depicts a character (played by senior Caiden Class) who is “confined” by different sections of the band and struggles to be “free,” only to be captured by another band section.

A crowd of parents and community members were on hand Thursday night at the high school parking lot and band practice blacktop to see and hear a preview of the show, “Confined.”