CNS Northstars win first band championship in 29 years


Dozens of high school bands leave it all on the field at these championships inside the carrier dome. The CNS marching Northstars took home the state title for their division, large school two at Sunday's competition. More then 100 students helped play, conduct and leap their way to the school's first victory in nearly 30 years.

"Seeing that we brought it back is amazing and seeing that it was the '16 seniors year it was amazing. Seeing that it hasn't been in the school in 29 years it was an honor to bring it back," says Stephen Schermerhorn.

"I'll remember it for the rest of my life, like it was just breathtaking. I was just amazed I was so proud of myself and everyone," says drum major Jeremy Clark.

"All of my teachers have so far have said something and I walked into a class and everyone started clapping, so that was kind of cool," says color guard member Hayley Whitney.

CNS went undefeated this season. The band's director, Karen Seamans, tells me the Northstars used to be in the national class along with other local bands like West Genesee, Liverpool and Baldwinsville. However, it went down two divisions due to smaller interest in the band four years ago. While it has turned around and now continues to grow she hopes this will attract more students to join, so they can hopefully compete on the national level and win again like they just did.

"Being able to bring home a championship to CNS is amazing, so I'm proud and happy we could do it," says Seamans.

An exciting moment to cap off quite the impressive season.

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