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West Seneca Marching Band to Host Music in Motion Show

The West Seneca Marching Band will host the largest high school field band show in Western New York this season, when the third annual Music in Motion competition comes to West Seneca East Senior on Sunday, Oct. 10.

With 10 area high school marching bands competing and an exhibition performance from the University at Buffalo’s Thunder of the East marching band, this will also be the largest Music in Motion event yet. Sponsored by the West Seneca West Band Boosters, the show will include performances by Orchard Park, Lancaster, East Irondequoit, Pioneer, Jamestown, Falconer, Leroy, Medina and Webster. UB’s band boasts a number of alumni from West Seneca, as well as from the other bands slated to perform.

Under the direction of John Blickwedehl, the West Seneca Marching Band explores the movement and journey of water in its production called “Waterways” this fall. This choreographed field show features both peaceful and turbulent pieces, such as “Rain Storm,” “Into the River,” “Underwater” and “The Rapids & Out to Sea.”

A marching band’s performance is a precise combination of music and visual performance, judged on musicianship, field accuracy, ensemble quality and musical and visual effect – within a strict time limit.

Coming off a championship year – West Seneca is the 2009 New York State Champions and 2010 Liberty Bowl Field Show Champions – the group of 63 members is again experiencing a successful season, according to Cheryl Carpenter, the band boosters’ spokesperson. Formerly the West Seneca West Marching Band, the group’s name change reflects its membership from both sides of town.

“In the music world, East and West work together,” Carpenter said of the two schools which are normally considered cross-town rivals.

The band’s success is not only due to cross-town collaboration, but a lot of hard work. Students rehearse at least three times per week, and on some weekends, perform at a Friday night football game, Saturday competition and Sunday parade. Many of these performances include travel.

More than 100 parents also volunteer regularly with the band. There will be approximately 120 parent volunteers at the Music in Motion show.

In addition to the excitement of the musical and visual performances, Music in Motion is also known for its concession stand menu, Carpenter noted. This year’s refreshments will include such favorites as Buffalo chicken bites, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, home mac and cheese and pizza.

Gates will open at 3 p.m. with the show beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $6 at the door. All proceeds benefit the West Seneca West Band Boosters and marching band activities.

The West Seneca Marching Band is in its 14th year of competition and comprises students in grades six through 12 from both the East and West sides of town.  It often competes with bands across New York and Pennsylvania - some with as many as 195 members – in the New York State Field Band Conference, Large School 3 Division. 




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