The Blue Devil band

Blue Devil Band Preps for State Championships

The Blue Devil band is comprised of a variety of talented sections. (Darin Reed photo.)

October 17, 2017

The competition will once again be fierce at the New York State Field Band Conference’s 44th annual championships at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, but the Blue Devil band is ready to challenge for top honors

Huntington High School marching band musicians and color guard members are headed to Onondaga County, where they will be among 52 bands spread across six divisions vying for coveted state titles. The event culminates the fall competition season, which the Blue Devils kicked-off last summer with a weeklong camp at J. Taylor Finley Middle School.

Huntington will compete in the Large School 2 class division along with bands representing Copiague, Horseheads, Orchard Park, Webster, Cicero-North Syracuse, Lindenhurst, West Seneca and Kingston high schools. The Blue Devils are scheduled to take the field for their performance on Sunday, October 29 at 10:41 a.m.

Bands in the state championships are required to perform a musical and visual show of about 10 minutes in total length for a panel of ten judges, which rank the bands within each respective class. The highest scoring band in each class will be awarded the Governor’s Cup. Last year’s champions included Arlington, New Hartford, Cicero-North Syracuse, Northwestern, PA, West Seneca and Vestal.

The state championships will feature more than 4,000 band members performing before 22 judges over 14 hours of competition before a crowd of 10,000. The smallest band numbers 34 teenagers while the largest one consists of 200 musicians and color guard members. The bands will represent nearly every region of the state and will include two from Pennsylvania and another from New Jersey.

In addition to the 52 competing bands, which will perform from early in the morning to late in the evening, the University at Buffalo Thunder of The East marching band and the Syracuse University marching band will stage exhibitions. The legendary 198th Army Band from Rochester will also perform. Visit for more information about this year’s championships.

Huntington’s 2017 field show is Americana. The Blue Devils have captured first place in competitions at Brentwood, Copiague, Walt Whitman, Arlington, Sachem and their own home show. They will compete again at Mineola on Saturday.

marching band members are a proud group
Blue Devil marching band members are a proud group. (Darin Reed photo.)
Adina Kirkland is the Blue Devil band's field major
Senior Adina Kirkland is the Blue Devil band's field major. (Darin Reed photo.)
Blue Devil band's roadies
The Blue Devil band's roadies are legendary. (Darin Reed photo.)
Blue Devil band color guard
The vaunted Blue Devil band color guard is tops. (Darin Reed photo.)