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Santa needs volunteers to help out at his "Donuts with Santa" event on Sunday, December 10th. Students that help will receive community service hours for chipping in to this event which benefits the ESM Marching Band, Winter Percussion, and Winter Guard programs.
Click to sign up below. Shifts are from 8am-10:30am, 10:30am to 1:30pm, or 8am to 1:30pm
Parents and Friends, December is the perfect time to see what the booster meetings are all about because right afterward we'll have our annual Booster Holiday Party! Come meet other parents and enjoy some holiday treats!
If you're able to bring a beverage, appetizer or dessert to share at the party, click the button below and sign up!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
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 2 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.
Next Booster Meeting:
Thursday, December 7th at 6:30pm
ESM High School Library
|Vice President||Anne Hogle|
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 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.
Registration for all of our groups is done with FamilyId through the ESM School District.
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Varsity Winter Guard
JV Winter Guard
Here's where the Marching Band placed at Championships each year since they started competing in 1972:
|2023||SS2||2nd||Anthony Veiga||Lindsey Green|
|2022||SS1||8th||Anthony Veiga||Lindsey Green|
Gibs Flock (Interim)
|2020||SS1||No Competitive Season||Matt Acenowr||None|
|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|
|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|
|1975||B||Did Not Compete||Jim DeLuca
|1974||A||5th||Dick Cangemi||Janice Klodowski|
|1972||A||4th||Dick Cangemi||Joe Cafarchio|
All ESM students 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 (held at the high school) 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.
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.
YES! In fact, after each student's first full season of marching band, they each receive a varsity letter at the annual end of season banquet. Each subsequent year, they receive a chevron commemorating successful completion of another season. With Grade 7 being the first eligible year to join, if a student participates each year through their senior year, they will have a Varsity Letter and up to 5 Chevrons.
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..
Former Band Director