Ask the Director!

Anthony Veiga is now in his second year leading the ESM Marching Band, Winter Percussion and Winter Guard Groups!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email Anthony at aveiga@esmschools.org

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Our online store is where you can make trip payments, purchase supplies, participate in our general fundraisers, and donate to the Flock Scholarship!


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July 30, 2022 Newsletter

Our newsletters feature a ton of information for you to get your questions answered, find out the latest fundraising activities and more! Check it out!


Field Crew Needed!

It takes parent help to get the show props on and off the field every week when we start to compete in September! We could use your help on the Spartan Field Crew! No experience is necessary and it's a great way to get involved in your child's favorite activity.

Contact Tom Buffum at tombuffum@gmail.com to lend a hand this year!

Current Fundraisers:

Fall Mum Sale is Back!

Fall Mum Sale

Order your beautiful fall mums today for yourself or as a gift! This is a General Fundraiser, proceeds benefit the entire ESM Marching Band.

Back to School Chicken BBQ

Chicken BBQ

Utica Coffee Fundraiser

Utica Coffee

Sign up for SU Football Concessions

The ESM Band Boosters generate funds necessary to support the Marching Band, Winter Guards and Winter Percussion Ensemble by operating a concession stand at the Dome for SU Football and Basketball games. Students 16 years of age and up are welcome along with parents, family, and friends. - Come join the fun! Help is always needed on Game days. Remember, $25 per person that works goes into your band member's travel account! Report times listed on the right are when you should arrive in front of the high school in order to carpool up to the dome. If you'd rather drive, that's an option too!

Date
Game
Report Time at ESM HS

Saturday, Sept 3
Game Time: 8:00pm


Louisville

4:00pm

Saturday, Sept 17
Game Time 12:00pm


Purdue

8:00am

Friday, Sept 23
Game Time 7:00pm


Virginia

3:00pm

Saturday, Oct 15
Game Time TBA*


NC State

*TBA

Saturday, Oct 29
Game Time TBA*


Notre Dame

*TBA

Saturday, Nov 12
Game Time TBA*


Florida State

*TBA

* As soon as these game times are announced by the university, report times will be posted here as well.

About The Band

The East Syracuse Minoa Spartan Marching Band has a long tradition of creating confident young adults through music, dance, discipline and teamwork. The band is a member of the New York State Field Band Conference and currently competes in the Small School 1 Division. The Spartans have 7 New York State Championships, most recently in 2017.

The East Syracuse Minoa Spartan Marching Band consists of students in grades 7 through 12. The program's existence enables members to become better performers and experience the benefits of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. It is the responsibility of each member to work diligently toward raising the band's level of excellence. To achieve this goal, band members are expected to participate in activities to the fullest degree and make the most of every rehearsal moment. Participation in the activities that help foster and support the organization is also a rewarding experience. Achieving these goals has allowed the ESM Marching Band to enjoy a rich and proud history.

Boosters

The East Syracuse Minoa Spartan Marching Band and Winter Guard Booster Organization, Inc. or, "Band Boosters" for short is a 501(c)(3) Organization. Our purpose is to create and develop public interest in, and provide support for, the activities of the East Syracuse-Minoa Spartan Marching Band, Winter Guards and Winter Percussion Ensemble. The most important activity the Boosters are involved in is Fund Raising to provide the financial support for the Marching Band, Winter Guards, and Winter Percussion Ensemble. The four functions providing the majority of the operating expenses are the Concession Booth at the Dome for SU games, our fall Band Spartan Spectacular, our Spring Winter Guard Spartan Spectacular and our Spring Percussion Preview of Champions.The Boosters normally meet on the first Thursday of every month at the High School, usually in the Library and parents are encouraged to attend these meetings. Exact dates can be found on our calendar.

President

Christi Buffum
Christi Buffum

1st Term

Co-Treasurer

Kelly Rich
Kelly Rich

3rd Term

Co-Treasurer

Cathy Green
Cathy Green

1st Term

Secretary

Anne Hogle
Anne Hogle

1st Term

Spartan Calendar

FAQ

Who can Join Marching Band?

All ESM musicians entering grades 7 through 12 and guard members (who must audition) entering grades 7-12 are eligible for the ESM Spartan Marching Band. Students must be in good academic standing to remain on the marching band and/or winter groups.

When does the Marching Band Practice?

Marching band practices at ESM High school in the evenings beginning in Early July and generally runs two nights a week from 6-9 p.m. Band Camp weeks are in mid-August and are our most intensive sessions where most of the show is taught. Once school begins, the band practices two nights a week and Saturdays prior to competitions in the months of September and October. See the band calendar for dates and times of practices.

When does the Marching Band Perform?

The band performs at three or four home football games in Spartan Stadium on Friday nights. Band competitions are held around the state on Saturdays in September and October, culminating with state championships at the Carrier Dome at the end of October on Sunday. A band trip generally occurs during the regular season and is usually a four day trip with two of those days occuring on a weekend. See the band calendar for dates and times of performances, competitions and the annual band trip.

What does it cost to be in Marching Band?

Marching band members need to cover the cost of some supplies such as shoes, gloves, and instrumental needs as well as the cost of the annual band trip. Most of the money required for marching band is raised through fundraising efforts by the booster club and the marching band members. There are ample opportunities to fund raise including bottle drives, merchandise sales, and working at the Carrier Dome concession stand. Many members and their families raise all the money needed for the annual band trip through fundraising.

Where can I learn more?

The ESM Marching Band Booster Organization has a meeting the first Thursday of each month at the high school (dates may be moved due to other circumstances, keep an eye on this web site for exact dates and times). At these meetings the organization goes over all activities, fundraising efforts, volunteer opportunities and more. The meetings are open to the public, and attendance by marching band parents is encouraged. If you have any questions, comments or even concerns, they can be addressed at the booster meeting or you can contact the band director directly. To have voting rights in the booster club only costs $1 annually.

Fundraising

General Fundraisers

General Account and Transportation Funds are an integral part of financing everything the marching band and winter groups do. From purchasing uniforms, funding trips, purchasing supplies for show props, buying equipment and so much more:

Dome Concessions

The ESM Band Boosters generate funds to support the Marching Band, Winter Guards and Indoor Percussion Ensemble by operating a concession stand at the Dome for SU Football and Basketball games. Parents, family, friends and students 16 years of age and older are welcome to volunteer - Come join the fun! Help is always needed on game days. As a thank you for helping, $25 per person that works goes into your band member's travel account!

Spaghetti Dinner

Delicious Spaghetti and Meatball dinner from Vito's Ristorante including a roll, salad, and a cookie! Held in January!

Krispy Kreme Donuts

A fan favorite held in February, Krispy Kreme Donuts have been a successful fundraiser for the ESM Marching Arts!

Hanging Basket Fundriaser

Locally Grown Hanging Baskets delivered in early May...perfect for Mother's Day!

Manlius Street Festival Concession Stand

Mid-June where band members and parents sell hot and cold food to patrons.

Bottle and Can Drives

Generally in the Summer and Fall.

East Syracuse Fireworks

Held Each July at East Syracuse Elementary School. We sell lots of food and drink items at our booth.

Annual Golf Tournament

Held Each July at Wanoa Golf Course to benefit the ESM Marching Band, Winter Percussion and Winter Guard.

Fall Mums Sale

Locally grown Mums sold in late August.

Back to School Chicken BBQ

A tasty way to give your support held each September.

Casino Night

Fundraiser for the adults! Held in November.

Poinsettia Sale

Held in November with delivery in time for the Holidays!

Donuts With Santa

Held in December, Santa visits the high school to have pictures taken with kids from all over Central New York! Donuts, crafts and games on hand for the kids to enjoy.

Student Fundraisers

Student Fundraisers allow students to add money to their trip account which allows them to travel with the marching band, winter guard or winter percussion ensemble each year. Participation in these efforts is strongly encouraged.

Pepperoni Sticks

Students sell pepperoni sticks, usually in May but other times throughout the year can occur.

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough

Students sell cookie dough, usually in July to help pay for their marching band trip.

Chocolate Bars

Students sell chocolate bars, usually in August to help pay for their marching band trip.

Witty Wick's Candles

Students sell beautiful Witty Wick's Candles in October

ESM Marching Band

Flock Scholarship

Consider donating to the "Gibs Flock Character of Excellence" Scholarship to be awarded to a graduating ESM senior, not based on musical ability, not based on spinning or marching ability, but based on character. The scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated compassion and acceptance of others and who shows extraordinary potential for making positive influences in their school and community in the future. The intention of the scholarship award is to be a reflection of the character and of selfless giving that Gibs Flock shared with this organization in his 30 years of service.

Since 2018, $1,000 has been awarded to each of the following deserving students from this scholarship fund:

Class of 2022 - Olivia Nissen

Class of 2021 - America Carhart

Class of 2020 - Katherine Kirkgasser

Class of 2019 - Elijah Buck

Class of 2018 - Sean Anderson

Please consider making a donation to this scholarship fund to help ensure it continues to be awarded to deserving students well into the future. Thank you!

Register

Registration for all of our groups is done with FamilyId through the ESM School District. Your information is kept in confidence and is secure.

If a button is gray, that means registration is currently closed for that particular group.

Parade Band
Parade Band

Open to grades 6-12

Register

MB
Marching Band

Open to grades 7-12

Register

MB
Winter Percussion

Open to grades 7-12

Register

MB
Little Beatz Percussion Club

Open to grades 4-6

Register

MB
Varsity Winter Guard*

Open to grades 7-12

Register

MB
JV Winter Guard

Open to grades 6-12

Register

MB
Little Spinz Color Guard Club

Open to grades 4-5

Register

*Audition Required Before Registering For Varsity Winter Guard

New York State Championships

7

Marching Band

3

Winter Percussion

2

Varsity Winter Guard

3

JV Winter Guard

Marching Band History

Here's where the band placed at Championships since they started competing in 1972:

Year Class Place Director Drum Major(s)
2022 SS1 Anthony Veiga Lindsey Green
2021 SS1 5th Anthony Veiga / Gibs Flock (Interim) Malaki Buecheler
2020 SS1 No Competitive Season Matt Acenowr None
2019 SS1 2nd Matt Acenowr Tobias Buecheler
Aaron Stoner-Hilleges
2018 SS1 3rd Matt Acenowr Tobias Buecheler
Aaron Stoner-Hilleges
2017 SS1 1st Gibs Flock Noah Labbate
2016 SS1 2nd Gibs Flock Peter Hager
2015 SS1 1st Gibs Flock Peter Hager
2014 SS1 3rd Gibs Flock Leah Haines
2013 SS1 5th Gibs Flock Leah Haines
2012 SS1 4th Gibs Flock Carrie Ratkowski
2011 SS1 3rd Gibs Flock Kate Beebe
2010 SS1 3rd Gibs Flock Thomas Haines
2009 SS1 2nd Gibs Flock Thomas Haines
2008 SS1 3rd Gibs Flock Kathryn Davis
2007 SS1 6th Gibs Flock Kathryn Davis
2006 SS1 8th Gibs Flock Kathryn Davis
2005 SS1 3rd Gibs Flock Shannon Sly
2004 SS1 5th Gibs Flock Shannon Sly
2003 SS1 5th Gibs Flock Sam Moreno
2002 SS1 2nd Gibs Flock Chris Tarolli
2001 SS1 3rd Gibs Flock Chris Tarolli
2000 SS1 3rd Gibs Flock Erin Riley
Jim Garrisi
1999 SS1 2nd Gibs Flock Erin Riley
Jim Garris
1998 AAA 2nd Gibs Flock Adrienne Stoddard
Chris Montana
1997 AAA 3rd Gibs Flock Adrienne Stoddard
Chris Montana
1996 AAAA 6th Gibs Flock Tim Ferguson
Chris Montana
1995 AAA 6th Gibs Flock Tim Ferguson
Melissa Sharino
1994 AAA 4th Gibs Flock Ed Owens
Emily Rauer
1993 AA 1st Gibs Flock Ed Owens
Emily Rauer
1992 A 1st Gibs Flock Nicki Schantz
Ed Owens
1991 A 1st Gibs Flock Nicki Schantz
Ed Owens
1990 A 2nd Gibs Flock Dale Grant
Nicki Schantz
1989 A 2nd Gibs Flock Kim Montana
1988 AA 5th Joe Fillo Jackie Duda
1987 AA 5th Jim Nolan Melanie Andrus
1986 AA 7th Jim Nolan Julie Curulla
1985 AA 5th Steve Culhane Julie Curulla
1984 AA 8th Steve Culhane Carol Eggert
1983 AA 13th Steve Culhane Beth Jones
1982 AA 12th Steve Culhane Allen Richards
Beth Jones
1981 A 5th Jeffrey Patchen Maryanne Mastrobatistto
Jim Gresko
1980 A 2nd Jeffrey Patchen Eric Danes
Jim Gresko
1979 A 1st Jeffrey Patchen Don Massenzio
Tony Mastrobatistto
1978 A 1st Jeffrey Patchen Don Massenzio
Tony Mastrobatistto
1977 A 7th Jeffrey Patchen Dennis Eischen
Laurie Danboise
1976 B 3rd Jeffrey Patchen Dennis Eischen
Laurie Danboise
1975 B Did Not Compete Jim DeLuca
Matt Scipione
1974 A 5th Dick Cangemi Janice Klodowski
1973 A Exhibition Dick Cangemi Joe Cafarchio
Janice Klodowski
1972 A 4th Dick Cangemi Joe Cafarchio