JAMESTOWN – After a year disrupted due to the pandemic, the Jamestown Red Raider Marching Band is back into the swing of things as they head to their Conference Championship this weekend.
On Sunday, the band travels to Syracuse to compete against eight different bands as part of the New York State Field Band Conference championship.
Each weekend for the past month the band has competed against different schools leading up to the championship performance.
Marching Band Director Meghan Murray explains that a lot of hard work and dedication has gone into perfecting their show.
“It’s sort of an evolution from the beginning of the season. You can kind of guess in the very beginning we are teaching fundamentals,” explains Murray. “The biggest newest thing is the marching. These kids have been playing their instruments since 5th grade, 6th grade, and so that part of it is not as new.”
Now that the band is at its peak, the group is working to roll out any final touches.
“I mean we’re at the point where it’s like move over two inches, or move that flag one count sooner. You know those little minute things but they’re all really important because the little things are not sticking out, because everything else is starting to come together,” says Murray. “It’s a really fun part of the season. I like this part, I like perfecting our performance, and trying to get it as best as we possibly can.”
On Saturday, the band will hold a free community performance to say thank you to families, friends, and alumni for their support. The band hopes to see many people send them off for the championship.
The JHS Marching Band will perform at 9 p.m. on Sunday. If you cannot make it out, and would still like to watch, you can stream the show on BOX5-TV through ROKU, AppleTV, Android TV, and Amazon Firestick for $25.