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MARCHING BANDS BATTLE IT OUT

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OGDENSBURG — Alicia M. LaRose, a senior at Heuvelton Central School, doesn’t mind spending the summer practicing for marching band competitions. Marching for the Bulldogs Marching Band has been a highlight of her time at Heuvelton Central School.

She practices as part of the rifle and baton team about two and a half hours a day, two or three days a week.

“It’s definitely worth my summer,” she said. “We have practiced more this year and spent a lot of time preparing. This is a harder routine than we’ve done in years past.”

Heuvelton was one of four schools that competed in the Battle of the Bands competition at Ogdensburg Free Academy athletic field Sunday as part of the 53rd annual Ogdensburg Seaway Festival.

The stands were filled for Sunday’s contest, as spectators cheered on their favorite bands in hopes of claiming a little hometown glory.

The Northern New York Parade Music Judges Association evaluated teams in several categories, including twirling flags, best mascot and musical analysis.

Heuvelton performed “Dancin’ Through Time,” a celebration of dance hits from Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.”

“My favorite thing is listening to the crowd and how pumped they get for us, especially when we play ‘Party Rock Anthem,’” Ms. LaRose said.

This year is especially significant for the Golden Knights of Lisbon Central School. Not only did they represent New York at the national Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C., but they also are celebrating their 10th anniversary.

The Golden Knights performed a compilation of their greatest hits, called “Retrospection,” in honor of the milestone.

“It’s very representative of some of our best years—playing Sir Duke and Journey. But it’s also a look forward, with ‘New York, New York,’” band director Glenn D. Roberts said.

Clad in dark sunglasses and blue fedoras, the Ogdensburg Blue Devils performed “A Tribute to the Blues Brothers.”

“It’s my last year,” said Sarah G. Barr, an Ogdensburg Free Academy senior who leads the baton and rifle team. “I love my team. I am going to miss them so much.”

This was Richard E. Patton’s first year coaching the Morristown Green Rockets. Mr. Patton previously served as an assistant coach at OFA for two years. Band members dressed as the Pink Ladies to perform musical numbers from “Grease.”

With a score of 29.15, Heuvelton took home highest marching. OFA took home highest musical analysis with 33.5. Heuvelton took home highest general effect, with 23.75. Morristown won the night’s Esprit de Corps Award.




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