Johnson City Marching Wildcats
New York State 2007
Small School Class 3 Champions


Click on the links below to view the Marching Wildcats in action

[ Yearbook Photos ] [ Football Games ] [ Field Competitions ]
[ Parades ]
[ Special Events (Homecoming and Senior Day) ]


Marching Wildcats Performing at the Elmira Free Academy Football Game

Over the past 20 years the Johnson City Marching Band has performed at The Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, the Gator Bowl, Peach Bowl, Citrus Bowl, and Hall Of Fame Bowl.  The band was invited to perform at the Presidential Inauguration Festival in January 2001. Also in 2001, the Johnson City Marching  Band performed for one million people live at the Toronto Santa Claus Parade. The band traveled once again participate in the Toronto Santa Claus Parade in November 2005 performing in front of an estimated 1.5 million people. The Johnson City marching band has also performed at Battery Park in New York City and the Preakness Parade in Baltimore, Maryland.


In November 2007, the Marching Wildcats performed in the 2007 Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade. This years parade featured 16 marching bands and 130 entries. The Marching Wildcats were the last band to perform and had the distinctive honor of bringing in Santa Claus this year. Click on  the image to the left to get more information on the City of Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade.  Click on the picture on the right to see photos taken during the parade.


 A Night at the Movies


This years show is entitled “A Night at the Movies”. The show opens with music from Disney's “Pirates of the Caribbean” featuring a Color Guard solo by Ashley Pacholski.

Next is the theme from “Rocky" featuring a trumpet solo by Nate Cleary and Color Guard boxing match between Maggie Zurbruegg-Ramey and Rachael Edney.

The show concludes with a melody of music from “Harry Potter” and features the saxophones of Kristine Prislupsky and Elizabeth Gross.

Look, Watch and Listen

Click on the links below to watch and listen to the performance of  
"A Night at the Movies"
as performed in the 2007 NYSFBC Championships in the Syracuse Carrier Dome.

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NYSFBC Championship - Pirates of Caribbean

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NYSFBC Championship - Theme From Rocky

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NYSFBC Championship - Harry Potter

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Captain Carbone

Mike Carbone - JC's new Coordinator of Music
 watches the Marching Wildcats
during the Parent's Night performance


The 2007-2008 instructional staff includes: Mark Buza - Band Director; Alan Howell - Assistant Band Director; Tony Godoy - Assistant Band Director; Paul Buza - Drill and Marching Instructor/ Band Manager; Becky Buza - Color Guard Design and Instruction;  Martin Chudacik - Drumline Instructor; Stephanie Ashworth - Pit Percussion Instructor; Mike McManamon - Assistant Drumline Instructor. 


JC Marching Wildcats 2007 Drum Majors
Senior Drum Major Matt Roe Junior Drum Major Danielle Dingman


Under the field direction of Drum Majors Matt Roe and Danielle Dingman, the pride of the Johnson City community, the Johnson City Wildcat Marching Band.
The marching band participates every year at the following events: The New York State Fair Parade Competition, all the Varsity Football Games, The Columbus Day Tournament of Bands Parade, New York State Field Band Competitions, Johnson City Holiday and Memorial Day Parades. The marching band has won the Columbus Day Tournament Of Bands Parade a total of 20 years, and the New York State Fair Parade Competition a total of 8 years. The Marching Wildcats won the 2007 New York State Field Band Conference (NYSFBC) Championship in Small School Class 3 Division.
The marching band does not rehearse during the school day, but rather after school hours. During the fall, the marching band rehearses Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the high school. The band also rehearses Saturday mornings. In addition to rehearsals, the band follows a performance schedule that includes Friday night or Saturday afternoon football games, as well as occasional field competitions on Saturday evenings. The marching band holds summer rehearsals for a few evenings during the months of June, July, and August. Evening rehearsals are 6:30-9:00 p.m. A band camp is held during the weekdays the last two weeks in August and the band rehearses form 1:00 - 4:00 in the afternoons and 6:30 -9:30 during the evenings. All rehearsals, including band camp, take place at the high school.
Marching band is considered a music course and is treated as a class and not just an extracurricular activity. Students that will be in the eighth grade or higher may sign up for marching band. Eighth grade band students will receive extra credit on their report card grade for participating in marching band. High school students will receive a 1/2 credit and a grade for participating in marching band.
A new member orientation night is held in June to give students and parents an opportunity to better understand the marching band program. Parents are asked at that time if they would be interested in joining the JC Music Booster Club and if they would like to help with marching band activities. Parents can become involved with the marching band by offering their assistance to chaperone, chair fund raisers, help with equipment, etc.
 Parent involvement plays a vital role in the success of the marching band program.
                                                                                                                -Mark. Buza