The beginning of July
1863 saw the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War. Over 150,000
men fought for control for
Fighting broke out at
locations named, McPherson’s Ridge, Barlow’s Knoll, the Railroad Cut,
the Peach Orchard,
Over the three days of fighting there was an estimated 51,000 men killed, captured or wounded. The cost of the war became evident to citizens on both sides of the conflict. Most soldiers did not carry any identification. One union soldier was found clutching a picture of his three children. This allowed the soldier to be identified as Amos Humiston, who, was said to be from Oswego, NY in some reports but actually was from Portville.
The music from our show is based on the music from the movie Gettysburg, which was composed by Randy Edelman. We open our show with a woodwind chorale that states one of the main themes of the film score. The remaining melodies range from gentle ballads to fife and drum-like melodies to triumphant hymns, all of which are designed to portray the glory and tragedy that such an event creates.
Throughout the show we try to highlight one the more tragic elements of any civil war. That is the fight of “brother against brother.” Friends and families were torn apart by the war. The two solo dancers represent this conflict. During Pickett’s charge there were two great friends who had to fight against each other. These men were Lewis “Lo” Armistead a confederate general and General Winfield Scott Hancock of the Union army. Both men were wounded during the battle.
The Marching Buccaneers have been Bands of America Regional Competition Finalists: the 2000 Bands of America Eastern Regional Competition in Hempstead, LI, finishing 8th, the 1997 BOA Southeastern Regional in Johnson City, TN, finishing 2nd in class AA, and the 1987 Morgantown, W.Va. Regional, finishing 3rd. They have performed in Arizona, Florida, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, New Jersey and West Virginia. The Marching Buccaneers have been active members of the NYS Field Band Conference for more than 25 years as members of the Conference's National Class.
The 2006 Marching Buccaneers
Drum Major Jenn C / Assistant Drum Major Nick B / Solo Dancers Emily P, Rose F / Woodwind Choir Gregory R, Jenna S, flute; Heather B, Amanda Donovan, clarinet; Jessica B, Alto Saxophone, Aaron N, Baritone Saxophone / Small Ensemble Jeff B, Adam D, Joel M, Dan E, Jon G, John M, sousaphone; Nick L, Bryan T, trumpet
2006 Marching Buccaneers StaffMusic Arrangement Nick Baratta / Percussion Arrangement Ted Mascari, Nick Baratta, Kirk Gay / Drill Design Michael Tierney / Color Guard Design Jessica Chachowski / Color Guard Melissa Walls, Wendy Barbeau, Kara Wallace / Horn line flag feature Cayla Defren / Marching & Maneuvering Paul McPherson, Michael Tierney, Brian Walls, Ali Sivers,/ Percussion Heather Sweeting, Thomas Norton, Brian LaValle, Pat Blakely / Music Pete Blake, Stephen Defren/ Assistant Directors Heather Sweeting, Paul McPherson, Michael Tierney / Director Stephen Defren
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