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Vestal Marching Band honors seniors at Golden Circle of Bands competition

VESTAL (WBNG) — On Saturday, Vestal High School hosted the 34th annual Golden Circle of the Bands Competition. Five local marching bands, Johnson City, Vestal, Union Endicott, Horseheads, and Corning Painted Post, took to the field at the Dick Hoover Stadium in their sixth competition of the season.

For the Vestal High School seniors, the night held an extra special importance. It was their last time competing on their home turf.

“It’s very comfortable to walk out on this turf and look up at our press box and play on our own field,” said the band’s director Greg Harris. “This show is really all about the seniors.”

Senior drum major Anjelica Perez said she always knew she wanted to be in marching band.

“It’s a lot of hard work but its fun,” said Perez.

She says the band has become like family which made her senior night all that much more special.

“It’s pretty bittersweet,” said Perez. “It’s nice that I made it but I’m going to miss it.”

Harris said those feelings are typical of this point in the season.

“These last few weeks get a bit emotional. The weather starts to get cold and the seniors start to realize its their last time on the field,” he explained.

To commemorate the night and the accomplishments of the seniors, each member is recognized at the end of the competition in front of the crowd.

“All the seniors were just smiling,” Perez said.

The team remains undefeated with two weeks left until the championship at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome.

Gabrielle Caracciolo

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