Music filled the Carrier Dome Sunday as the New York State Field Band Championships rolled into town. It's an event students look forward to all year long, and our Candace Hopkins tells us what they have to do to make it there.
SYRACUSE, N.Y.--Field bands came from the north, south, east and west Sunday to take the field at the Carrier Dome for the annual championship competition. It's a big stage, that demands an even bigger performance.
"This is the one day that every band is practicing for, even single rehearsal, every single moment is for tonight, so they're gonna be giving it their all", said Webster Marching Band Member Kevin Witt.
At any given time during a field band show, there's a lot going on down on the field. First there's the music, while hitting the sets, keeping in step and sometimes adding some special effects.
"It's pretty intense, I remember my first time doing it I was pretty scared, yeah, it's pretty hard", said C-NS Drum Major Chad Jones.
Learning the music and the sets needed to put on this type of show takes months to complete, with most bands starting in the early summer.
"We start in July, we've put in hundreds of hours of practice, and just to have our final practice on that Carrier Dome floor, it feels so awesome", said Jones.
But when the stakes are so high, Band Directors say one of their biggest challenges can be keeping their students calm.
"The kids were excited about performing here today and sometimes that can be a bad thing because they get so excited the adrenaline goes, but they kept themselves together and performed very well, we were very happy", said Corning East Director Sarah Thomas.
And even if they didn't leave with a trophy, all of these bands marched out of the Dome knowing they accomplished something extraordinary.
If you'd like to see all of Sunday's scores you can visit the New York State Field Band Conference website at www.nysfbc.org.