Updated 10/21/2012 06:32 PM
High school bands compete at Fall Fanfare in Kingston
The Kingston High School Tiger Marching Band hosted its second Fall Fanfare marching band competition. As YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt tells us, it's a chance for area high schools to showcase their musical talents.
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KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Thousands of people fill Deitz Stadium in Kingston to enjoy an afternoon of music from competing high school bands and a special performance by the Marist College Marching Band.
“You will see props on the field that tell their story of their music and we have color guards with multi-colored flags, so it’s really a spectacle both for the ear and the eye,” said event coordinator, Perry Buchalski.
Among the high schools competing are Kingston, Arlington, Schenectady City School and Midland Park from New Jersey. New York State Field Band Conference judges critique them on music and the visual content of their show.
“It’s still a small show, but it's a chance for us to showcase what we can do, for our fans here in Kingston plus inviting other bands in, it's a great place to play,” said Kingston High School Band Director, Phil Stephenson.
And for the Tigers, it’s another chance to do what they do best, which is performing well and scoring high.
“We've had a wonderful season, absolutely wonderful, the kids are enjoying it, we're doing well, we're high in our ranks, for our Large School 3 Division,” said event coordinator, Stacie Kremper.
And event coordinators said they hope the musical festivities will bring in over $10,000 to help fund the needs of the band and future competitions.
Next Weekend the Kingston Tiger Band will compete in the state championships at Syracuse University. There will be eleven bands in their Large School 3 Division. They’ve finished second place in the past, but this year their hoping to go all the way.