SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) The Jordan-Elbridge Marching Band defending their championship title today at the 46th Annual New York State Field Band Championships, but before performing today at the Carrier Dome.
NewsChannel 9 had the opportunity to spend time with the band this weekend to see how they prepared for stepping onto the field today, and the special tribute behind their performance.
This afternoon, the sights and sounds of the Jordan-Elbridge Marching Band filled the Carrier Dome. The Eagle’s Drumline Section Leader, Nathan Moorehead, played his heart out while proudly carrying on his family music legacy.
“I’ve always loved music as a kid. You know, it means a lot to me. It’s something also that my family enjoys. Like my grandfather and my dad…they’re both drummers,” Moorehead says. “It’s kind of like, I guess you would say, tradition… something like that. So, it’s kind of cool to continue it.”
Tradition is a central theme for the Jordan-Elbridge Marching Band.
On Saturday, the band hosted their annual “Fill the Hill” performance for the community. This is a way for the band to get excited for their debut at the Carrier Dome, and to celebrate the countless hours of hard work and practice. And the performance this year, paying special tribute to the U.S Naval Band 22.
“This year’s performance of Band 22 is just a dedication to really all military members, but specifically, the band who was stationed on the U.S.S. Arizona,” says Randall Bennett, the Eagle’s Band Director.
Most of the Naval 22 Band members who played together were killed in the Pearl Harbor Attack back on December 7, 1941.
Emily Mocyk, another Section Leader in the band says, “You know without them, without all of our Vets everywhere and everyone in the armed services right now, we would not be in the state that we are as a country. So, we just wanted to pay them a little homage and give it to them.”
An emotional tribute with an important history lesson.
“I’m so proud of my grandkids that are in this band. Win, lose or draw, if they — I’m still proud of them. Not only for what they’ve done and what they’ve worked, but for what they’ve learned”, John Moorehead, Army veteran and grandfather of Nathan and his 2 siblings who are also in the band said.
Jordan-Elbridge left the Carrier Dome with the Governor’s Cup for the highest overall score in the 2019 season, but more importantly, with a greater appreciation for our military. You can find the other results from the championships here.