(WKBW release) The Medina Mustang Marching Band took home the coveted Governor's Cup on Sunday after taking first place in the Small School Division 1 class at the 38th annual New York State field Band Conference Championships at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
This is the third year in a row that Medina won the top small school marching band division.
Fifty-one bands from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey competed in six classifications, as well as guest performances by marching bands from the University at Buffalo and Syracuse University.
In Small School Division I (the top division of schools with enrollments of less than 4000 students), Medina received a score of 92.70 after competing against 7 other bands in this top small school division. Medina Mustang Band has a long history in the NYSFBC, winning 11 State Championships in the 35 years it has been competing.
Medina's Show was "America's Pastime", depicting the dream of a young boy to one day become a Major League Baseball Player. Images of Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth surrounded the Band as it performed tight, complicated drill maneuvers to a highly intense musical score. The color guard wore baseball uniforms and used real wooden baseball bats in addition to flags and rifles. "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" heralded the 7th inning as the the boy, now grown and called up to the Major League, took his first at bat. His dream of a home run was realized with iconic "crack of the bat" as the Band broke into it's finale and classic Medina Mustang Band impact finish.
The Band is co-directed by Cheri Wopperer and Jim Steele. For Wopperer, it is her third win as director in as many years. For Steele, this is his 6th win directing in as many years.