School's new band director leads students to victory
Mohonasen's band saw a change in directors, but that didn't stop them from winning the biggest competition of the year.
The New York State Field Band Conference Championships was held on Oct. 31, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse and the Mohonasen Marching Band won their Class 2 Division with a score of 83.35. There was a panel of 10 judges grading the performances at the competition.
The routine was demanding and placed a lot of demands on the kids, said Band Director Daniel Jones. "They had to be able to play their instruments and move their body and do chorography simultaneously."
The band's performance lasted 7 and a half minutes and was titled "A New Days Celebration," which was based on Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring." The performance painted artwork on panels to compliment the performance, which represent the sun rising throughout the performance as panels were lifted off the ground. The panels were made from 52-foot circular floor mats.
The previous band director Keith Bushey and the color guard instructor had brainstormed the idea for the performance and put together the idea for the final arrangement. Jones joined in and helped execute the plan once he joined the team.
"There was some concern from my part being if I would be able to step up and rise to challenge," said Jones.
He said the students were going through a difficult time transitioning from one director to another. The band had to do some minor improvements, he said, based on feedback received during previous competitions throughout the year
"We were able to meet in the middle and get this thing done," said Jones.
Senior Hannah Brem, flute and piccolo player, said the state competition was a "rush of emotions" as all of bands training came down to that one moment.