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OFA Marching Band Enjoys Fast Start To Parade Season

The OFA Marching Band has enjoyed a very busy and successful start to the competition season competing at parades in Morristown, Edwards and a major challenge of the long march across across the city at Oswego.

Today the Marching Blue Devils, who feature over 100 members, will compete at the fairgrounds in Watertown, The Jefferson County Fair will host area bands for a 2 p.m. parade and the Fireman's Parade at 7 p.m. 

The Ogdensburg Marching Blue Devil's, along with all the area marching programs will strutting their stuff.

The competition season for the OFA Marching Band kicked-off on July 4th at the annual parade sponsored by the Morristown Fire Department.  It was a hot and humid morning but the energy was high for all the bands that participated.  

In a very close competition OFA led the way with 81.35 points followed by Heuvelton with 80.1, Gouverneur at 74.9, Lisbon at 80.1 and Morristown at 74.6. 

On Saturday,  July 6th, the OFA Blue Devils traveled to Edwards which was a regular parade for many, many years.  After a bit of a hiatus, the parade was revived and Saturday was the second annual.  It was an evening parade, in a quaint setting.

" The vibe was a bit calmer and it was a beautiful night for a parade.  From the judges perspective OFA needed to sharpen-up and show more enthusiasm to improve.  Scores were a bit lower for the bands in attendance but it was a great parade," said OFA Marching Band Director Jon Cole.

On July 7, the Marching Blue Devil's traveled to Oswego to perform at their City's Independence Day Parade for the fourth straight year.  It is not a typical Northern New York Parade Judges Association parade.  It's a long Central New York parade, traveling from one side of the city to the other.  One of our favorite parts of the day is finishing the last show going through the under pass to the Fort Ontario. 

" Imagine for a second, the whole marching corps, appropriately tired at the end of a long parade, ready to be done, but wait, the band director calls out "One More Time"," said Cole.

 "The Majorette Madison Woods blows the whistle to cue Logan Brooks, the Quint player, to start the roll off, in conjunction with the snare and bass drum lines.   Just about the time you're wondering if you really can do this you start marching down into the underpass, your sides are flanked  by concrete, so there's a new echo, a new power to the sound, and in an instant you're back. The air is a little cooler under the bridge, it's a bit dark but you can see light at the end of the tunnel, and everyone around is giving it their all!   It's a moment of pride and swagger as you exit the underpass - just like a collegiate stadium style shoot.  No pun intended but it's a blast.  The Blue Devils march for many reasons but the bridge underpass is crazy-cool and unique experience." 

The OFA Marching Blue Devils were awarded 1st prize in their division to cap a great day.

The OFA Marching Band, over 100 strong, moves toward a first place finish at the Morristown Fourth of July Parade

The Flag Crew of the Marching Band pauses during a recent parade

Majorette Maddy Woods performs for the OFA March Band


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