The JHS Red Raider Marching Band’s State Championship was celebrated on Tracy Plaza today. Mayor Sam Teresi, Superintendent Tim O. Mains, JPS Board of Education President Joe DiMaio, JHS Principal Mike McElrath and Band Director Meghan Murray addressed the overflowing crowd. The band also performed songs from their award-winning “Lasting Impressions” show.
The Jamestown Red Raider Marching Band was crowned the 2015 NYSFBC Large School 2 State Champions at the New York State Field Band Championships in Syracuse on Sunday with a score of 90.40. The victory, for the band’s show, “Lasting Impressions,” is the first time the JHS Marching Band has won two consecutive titles and is also the first time a band director, Meghan Murray, has won two State Championships. The Marching Band won State Championships in 1991, 2002, 2014, and now in 2015.
“The students have worked so hard for this, not only this season, but over the past few years,” said Mrs. Murray. “They have strived for excellence in everything they do. This culture has certainly helped in our performances. We also can’t forget about our incredible staff. They have helped establish this ‘championships culture’ and are the tread that holds our organization together. I could not be more proud of the students and more grateful to the staff for all of their dedication to the program. We hope to make the JHS Marching Band a legacy in the Jamestown community for years to come!”
The JHS Red Raider Marching Band, founded in 1924, has a long tradition of excellence. The band has performed at nationally recognized events like the Rose Bowl Parade, the FedEx Orange Bowl, The St. Petersburg Festival of States, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The band has also performed on David Letterman, the Today Show (1995) and three times for Disney. The JHS Red Raider Marching Band has also been recognized in competitions including: being crowned “Grand Champion International” at the North American Music Festival.
“We are incredibly proud of the JHS Red Raider Marching Band. Their dedication to their craft led to a second undefeated season and another State Championship, which speaks volumes about everyone’s hard work throughout the season,” said Tim O. Mains, JPS Superintendent. “But we are particularly pleased with how the band represents our district and community, with character, class and pride. We could not be more proud of our Marching Band and its amazing accomplishments.”