City School District of Oswego, New York
Oswego is known as the Port City of central New York and is located on the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario, 40 miles north of Syracuse (NY). Oswego is rich in history, education, industry, recreational opportunities and natural resources. Oswego's Fort Ontario helped to shape American history, as it was a focal point in the War of 1812, and later became the only designated Safe Haven in North America for European refugees from the Holocaust. The State University of New York at Oswego has its campus on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, and has long been a renowned center for higher education.
Nearly 5,500 students enter the Oswego schools every day. The neighborhood elementary schools include Frederick Leighton and Kingsford Park Elementary School on the city's West Side as well as Charles E. Riley and the Fitzhugh Park Elementary School on the East Side. The Minetto Elementary School is located four miles south of Oswego and serves children in portions Oswego, Scriba, Minetto and Volney. Nearly 900 seventh and eighth grade students attend the Oswego Middle School while the Oswego High School encompasses just over 1,500 students.
Oswego High School offers students a multitude of opportunities in music education and the arts. It is a wonderful school that is proud of the rich elective program it supports. Three concert bands, a jazz ensemble, three choirs, two orchestras and two music theory classes meet during the school day with nearly 500 students enrolled. Oswego's own concert band festival - the annual "Festival of Winds" - attracts the nation's finest conductors and composers, including Karel Husa, Rodney Winther, Stephen Gage, Timothy Mahr, Russ Mikkelson, James Croft, James Keene and Adam Brennan. The OHS Jazz Ensemble attracts top jazz artists each year, including Byron Stripling, Vince DiMartino, Chris Vidala, Dave Mancini, Mark Kellogg, Lew Soloff, Art Baron, and Ernie Watts.
The Marching Buccaneers maintain an aggressive competition and performance schedule, competing in the New York State Field Band Conference throughout the months of September and October. Each season concludes with the state championships, held in the 50,000-seat Carrier Dome - home of the Syracuse University "Orangemen".
The Marching Buccaneers also have an extensive travel history and accomplishments, throughout the United States and elsewhere including, Mexico City, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, Florida as well as three appearances at the prestigious Contest of Champions in Murfreesboro, TN, Bands of America Regionals in Morgantown, West Virginia, Michigan, New York, and Maryland. They have also travelled to Johnson City, TN, Hempstead, NY, The Orange Bowl Parade, and the 1989 and 2000 Fiesta Bowl Parade and National Band Championships in Phoenix, AZ. In 2006 the Buccaneers marched in the Citrus Bowl Parade and at Walt Disney World in Florida.
In the past 5 years, the Marching Bucs have had several students selected to perform in the US Army All American Parade, and also other honor bands such as the McDonalds Rose Bowl Parade.
Backed by an enthusiastic, extremely dedicated and ORGANIZED group of band boosters - the OHS Band Parents Association - an incredibly supportive school district and administration - the Oswego City School District - and an unparalleled community, the Marching Bucs continue to provide its students, parents and community with memories that will last a lifetime.
© Oswego High School Band Parents Association 2011