Scot Ciesla - Director
Scott R. Ciesla received his Bachelor’s and
Master’s Degrees in Music Education from the State University of New
York at Fredonia. For five years he was the Director of Bands at
Dansville High School where he taught the concert band, all lessons (WW,
Brass, Percussion), History of Rock , and was the Marching Band
Director. He also taught for a year and a half in the Buffalo City
School District as a general music teacher. He has marched with the
White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps as a lead soprano soloist and
mellophone soloist from 2006 through 2010. Mr. Ciesla
studied trumpet under Dr. Wade Weast, Alex Jokipii, and Peter Linblom
and studied conducting with Dr. Paula Holcomb, Dr. David Rudge, and Dr.
Patrick Jones. In 2009, he served as a Long-Term Substitute teacher in
the Red Creek CSD and that experience helped bring me to the wonderful
district of Oswego. This is his second year in Oswego where he is now
the Director of the Marching Band, the Wind Ensemble and the Concert
Band. He is looking forward to enjoying many more years of making great
music in the Oswego community!
Stephen Defren - Assistant Director - Woodwind
Mr. Defren received a Bachelors in Music Education
with Performance Honors and a Masters in Music Education from Syracuse
University. While at Syracuse University he performed in the Syracuse
University Wind Ensemble, the “Pride of the Orange” marching band, “Sour
Sitrus Society” basketball pep band, Syracuse University Saxophone
Ensemble and several saxophone quartets. His other performing
experience includes, the Long Island Pops concert band, the Phoenix
Community Band, the Jazz Kats Big Band and various high school musical
pit orchestras. He teaches at Oswego High School where he teaches
woodwind lessons, directs the symphonic band and jazz ensembles. He
resides in Oswego with his wife Cayla and their two sons, Joah and
James Peer - Assistant Director - Brass instruction
Jim is a graduate
of Jordan-Elbridge High School where he studied trombone with Bill
Palange. He earned an Associates Degree in Music from Onondaga
Community College, Bachelor Degree in Music Education and Masters Degree
in Bass Trombone Performance from Ithaca College. Jim marched with
the world champion drum and bugle corps “Star of Indiana” in 1991.
Before joining Oswego’s faculty, he taught public school bands for nine
years at General Brown and Jordan-Elbridge Central School districts.
He had the unique opportunity to travel around the US, Canada and Japan
for two years with the Broadway show, “Blast!” and its sequel show,
“Shockwave.” Jim is thrilled to be teaching 7th and 8th grade
bands at Oswego Middle School. He lives in town with his wife,
Heather Sweeting -
Assistant Director and Percussion Coordinator
Ms. Sweeting, a
graduate of Oswego High School. received her Bachelor of
Music Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music where she was a
student of Vic Firth and studied conducting with Frank Battisti and
Dr. Michael Walters. She received her Masters from the St. Louis
Conservatory, and did Doctoral coursework at Boston University.
While in Boston she was
percussion coach, manager and assistant conductor of the Massachusetts
Youth Wind Ensemble (MYWE) during which time MYWE toured Germany and the
Soviet Union, hosted 300 Dutch musicians in concert at Symphony hall Boston, and provided music for several gallery openings at the Boston
Museum of Fine Arts.
has performed under some of the world's most renowned musicians and
conductors including: Piero Bellugi, Donald Erb,
Frederick Fennell, Donald Hunsberger, Karel Husa, Leon Kirchner,
Raymond Leppard, Kurt Masur, Peter Maxwell-Davies, Oliver Messiaen, Carl
St. Clair, Gunther Schuller, and Benjamin Zander.
Currently she is a music
teacher at Minetto School, Kingsford Park School and the Oswego High
Tom Norton - Percussion instructor
Tom Norton is a graduate of ESM high school. He has
an associates degree from Onondaga Community College and a degree in
commercial music with an emphasis in Music Technology from Belmont
University. He marched with the Patriots drum and bugle corp for several
years and now works as an instructor for the Patriots, the Empire
Statesmen and the ESM percussion line. Tom is also employed as an
instrument repair technician with Midstate Music. Tom is married to
Brandi Noyes Norton, an OHS band alumni, and they have two children, Ben
Bryan Kern - Percussion/Drill instructor
This is Bryan Kern's fourth year of being a Percussion Technician for
the OHS Bucs. He is a graduate of Oswego High school and recently
graduated from SUNY Oswego with a Bachelors in Cognitive Science. BK, as
is he known to kids and staff is currently a graduate student at SUNY
Oswego studying computer/human interaction.
Paul McPherson - Assistant Band Director Visual Coordinator
Mr. McPherson, a School Counselor at Mexico High School, has been working
with the Oswego Marching Band Program for several years. He also
volunteers his time with the Winter Guard programs and other youth
organizations in the City of Oswego as well. After Marching in high
school, Mr. McPherson spent six years marching with the Rochester
Crusaders and three years working with the Liverpool Marching Band.
Mr.McPherson received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from S.U.N.Y Potsdam
and a Masters of Education and Counseling and Development from St.
He lives in Oswego with his wife Lisa, a teacher at OHS, and two
children, Abby and Ben.
Mike Tierney - Drill Instructor/Winter Guard
Director/ Mr. Tierney graduated from Liverpool High
School where he was a proud member of the 1988 New York State National
Class Champions. He attended Buffalo State College majoring in Political
Science. In the past, Mr. Tierney has worked with the award winning
Liverpool High School Marching Warriors as well as the Rochester
Patriots, a Drum Corp International Division II drum corp.
Mr. Tierney is currently a drill instructor and assistant band director
for the Marching Buccaneers, as well as the winter guard director and
show designer for the Oswego Visual Ensemble. He is also the drill
designer and program consultant for the Mohonasen Marching Band program,
the 2006 Governer Cup recipient for the top band in small school 2
division in the New York State Field Band Conference.Mr. Tierney resides
in Liverpool, N.Y. with his wife Susan, daughter Allison, and his
golden retriever, Jasper.
Mr. Brian Walls
Ms. Ali Sivers
Ali Sivers is beginning
her sixth year with the Band. Ms. Sivers is a graduate of Liverpool High
School, where she was a member of the marching band for 4 years. She
continued her studies at SUNY Oneonta, where she obtained a degree in
Music Industry. In addition to working with the marching band, Ms.
Sivers also works with the Oswego Visual Ensemble. Ms. Sivers resides
in Liverpool and is an Account Manager for Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc.
Mr. Andy Buchman
This will be Andy Buchmann's third season working with the Oswego
marching band. A graduate of Liverpool High School, Andy currently
attends SUNY Oswego majoring in Philosophy-Psychology and Cognitive
Science. Andy is also an avid fan of the pageantry arts, having marched
in the NYSFB, the NYS percussion circuit, and DCA.
Shannon graduated in 2007 from
Cicero-North Syracuse High School where she marched in the marching band
for four years and the winter guard for five years. She finished her
Bachelor's Degree at SUNY Oswego in May 2011, and is currently enrolled
in the Literacy Education Graduate Program at SUNY Oswego. She has been
working with the Oswego Marching Band and Oswego Visual Ensemble since
William J. Palange - Consultant, Mentor
Former Director of Oswego High School Marching Band
Mr. Palange is a graduate of West Genesee High School. He received his
Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Miami. His graduate
studies include Ithaca College, SUNY Potsdam, and Syracuse University.
Others duties include OHS Wind Ensemble and the OHS Concert Band. Mr.
Palange retired from the OHS district in 2010 but continues to assist
will assume that anyone interested enough to read this will also
appreciate the depth of commitment people involved with marching bands
make. To that end, I would like to sincerely thank the families of our
staff members. I can't say that I have ever enjoyed working with a group
of people more than I have working with our staff. It is a
most-dedicated group of people who put the kids in the band first. It is
a pleasure for me to have worked side-by-side with them, and I respect
their talents as well as their tremendous dedication to our program and
our community. Their families have given up just as much, as I know the
endless hours away from home can get "old" very quickly. I thank you for
your support, your encouragement and your enthusiasm. B. Palange
Other Alumni directors include Mr. Anthony Joseph and
Mr. Edward S. Lisk
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