ESM will proudly be hosting the Mid York Color Guard Championships this year! They will be held, Saturday, April 1st and will include guards from all over the state! As a result, we will need your help to run the show! If you can be available that day to volunteer your time, it will be a great help. Online signups will be available here soon.
Varsity Winter Guard
JV Winter Guard
Here's where the band placed at Championships since they started competing in 1972:
|2022||SS1||8th||Anthony Veiga||Lindsey Green|
Gibs Flock (Interim)
|2020||SS1||No Competitive Season||Matt Acenowr||None|
|2019||SS1||2nd||Matt Acenowr|| Tobias Buecheler
|2018||SS1||3rd||Matt Acenowr|| Tobias Buecheler
|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
|1999||SS1||2nd||Gibs Flock|| Erin Riley
|1998||AAA||2nd||Gibs Flock|| Adrienne Stoddard
|1997||AAA||3rd||Gibs Flock|| Adrienne Stoddard
|1996||AAAA||6th||Gibs Flock|| Tim Ferguson
|1995||AAA||6th||Gibs Flock|| Tim Ferguson
|1994||AAA||4th||Gibs Flock|| Ed Owens
|1993||AA||1st||Gibs Flock|| Ed Owens
|1992||A||1st||Gibs Flock|| Nicki Schantz
|1991||A||1st||Gibs Flock|| Nicki Schantz
|1990||A||2nd||Gibs Flock|| Dale Grant
|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
|1981||A||5th||Jeffrey Patchen|| Maryanne Mastrobatistto
|1980||A||2nd||Jeffrey Patchen|| Eric Danes
|1979||A||1st||Jeffrey Patchen|| Don Massenzio
|1978||A||1st||Jeffrey Patchen|| Don Massenzio
|1977||A||7th||Jeffrey Patchen|| Dennis Eischen
|1976||B||3rd||Jeffrey Patchen|| Dennis Eischen
|1975||B||Did Not Compete||Jim DeLuca
|1974||A||5th||Dick Cangemi||Janice Klodowski|
|1973||A||Exhibition||Dick Cangemi|| Joe Cafarchio
|1972||A||4th||Dick Cangemi||Joe Cafarchio|
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.
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.
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.
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 JMA Wireless 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.
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 JMA Wireless Dome concession stand. Many members and their families raise all the money needed for the annual band trip through fundraising.
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.
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:
The ESM Band Boosters generate funds to support the Marching Band, Winter Guards and Indoor Percussion Ensemble by operating a concession stand at the JMA Wireless 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!
Delicious Spaghetti and Meatball dinner from Vito's Ristorante including a roll, salad, and a cookie! Held in January!
A fan favorite held in February, Krispy Kreme Donuts have been a successful fundraiser for the ESM Marching Arts!
Locally Grown Hanging Baskets delivered in early May...perfect for Mother's Day!
Mid-June where band members and parents sell hot and cold food to patrons.
Generally in the Summer and Fall.
Held Each July at East Syracuse Elementary School. We sell lots of food and drink items at our booth.
Held Each July at Wanoa Golf Course to benefit the ESM Marching Band, Winter Percussion and Winter Guard.
Locally grown Mums sold in late August.
A tasty way to give your support held each September.
Fundraiser for the adults! Held in November.
Held in November with delivery in time for the Holidays!
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 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.
Students sell pepperoni sticks, usually in May but other times throughout the year can occur.
Students sell cookie dough, usually in July to help pay for their marching band trip.
Students sell chocolate bars, usually in August to help pay for their marching band trip.
Students sell beautiful Witty Wick's Candles in October
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.
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.
*Audition Required Before Registering For Varsity Winter Guard
Former Band Director