Greece Blue Knights Making History
On Sunday, September 25, 2016, The Greece Marching Band, Blue Knights, hosted their first ever Marching Olympiad, a competition showcasing many of the talented bands in the New York State Field Band Conference (NYSFBC). The turnout was exceptional with over 900 people in attendance including competing band members, their support staff and fans of the marching arts from districts such as Auburn, LeRoy, Webster, East Irondequoit, Hilton and Greece.
Greece’s Blue Knights are a competitive field band ensemble made up of students in grades 7-12 in the Greece Central School District. The members represent all six of the middle and high schools in Greece. Greece Marching Band has been competitive in the NYSFBC for 10 years. Each year they have grown into a stronger band, scoring higher and climbing the ranks of the conference.
Field bands perform a choreographed routine combining musicianship and athleticism. Shows are performed either on the football field during half time or in a competition setting. The performance is about 8 minutes long made up of 3-4 movements of music that tell a story. The band consists a front-end ensemble, including instruments like marimbas and large drums; the brass, such as trumpets and trombones; the woodwinds including saxophones and flutes, and the drum line with marching snare, bass and tenor drums. A color guard brings it all together by adding visual effects, dance, flag work, and rifle tosses. Shows are judged at each weekly NYSFBC contest. Points are given for General Effect Visual, Ensemble Visual, Field Visual, General Effect Music, Ensemble Music and Field Music.
On October 30, 2016 the Blue Knights will compete in the finals at the Syracuse Carrier Dome. More information can be found at www.NYSFBC.org. For schedule information, or if you want to learn more about joining the Greece Marching Band visit www.greecemarchingband.org.