Wednesday, 12 September 2018 09:26

40th Annual Pageant of Champions Sept 22nd

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The Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers will be celebrating and hosting their 40th annual Pageant of Champions on September 22nd at Joe Wilber field.

Five bands will be competing at this year’s Pageant including Indian River, Auburn, East Syracuse-Minoa, East Irondequoit and Oswego. Tickets are $9 at the gate or $7 presale from any band member. Gates will open at 5:00 pm and the show starts at 6:30 pm. Oswego will perform at 7:22pm.

This year the 2018 Oswego show is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet with a futuristic twist. ROM-eO and Juli-8 focuses on three core elements of Shakespeare’s tragic love story: conflict, two wire crossed lovers, and their untimely demise.

Imagine two digital lovers, running two different operating systems, where their love is simply incompatible. By defying the code they have been programmed to follow, love turns into destruction and the entire network results in a system failure.

The 2018 production features the music of What is Youth from the 1968 classic film adaption of Romeo and Juliet, Dance of the Knights from the Prokofiev ballet, and Creep, Paranoid Android, and Exit music by Radiohead. The program, led by Drum Major Jesse Young, also features soloists Nicholas Brown, Jack Dodds, Jillian Dowdle and Elizabeth Martin. Several former drum majors will help to guest conduct the Star Spangled Banner at the opening of the Pageant.

The Buccaneers placed 1st in their recent competition at ESM and are looking forward to competing in New Jersey in October.

On Friday September 21st, a celebration of the forty years of Marching Buccaneers will take place at Bridie Manor. The cost is $25 dollars at the door. Doors open at 6 pm. Former directors, band members, and band parents are welcome to attend the celebration and reminisce over their favorite band memories.

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