Cicero-North Syracuse High School Northstars Marching Band


 

The CNS Northstars Marching Band was formed in 1982 when Cicero High School (Golden Eagles) and North Syracuse High School (Northmen) merged to form Cicero-North Syracuse High School (Northstars).

In 1972, Robert Codner, the director of the Cicero Golden Eagles and Burt Dunlap, the director of the North Syracuse Northmen joined four other high school marching bands to found the New York State Field Band Conference.  The Cicero and North Syracuse marching bands have been competing and performing locally and nationally for over 50 years.

Today, the Northstars marching band is under the direction of Ms. Karen Seamans and consists of over 100 members from grades 7 through 12.  In 2016, the Northstars participated in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade, took 1st place in the Large School 2 division of the New York State Field Band Conference, and swept the competition at the TaxSlayer Bowl Contest of Champions in Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Cicero North Syracuse High School


Michael J. Bragman Athletic Complex

The CNS Northstars Marching Band calls the Michael J. Bragman Athletic Complex home.  Host to numerous local, sectional and state athletic competions, Michael J. Bragman Stadium is one of the finest high school athletic facilities in New York State.

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Who can join Marching Band?

All musicians entering grades 7-12 and guard members entering grades 8-12 are eligible for the Northstars Marching Band. Musical experience in band, orchestra or chorus is a plus, but not required. 

When does the Marching Band practice?

Marching band practices at CNS high school in the evenings beginning with reading nights in mid-June. These are optional practices where students can learn about the activity as well as find out about the show theme for the upcoming season. Formal practice begins in mid-July and generally runs two nights a week from 6-9 p.m. Camp week(s) are in mid-August and are our most intensive sessions where most of the show is taught. Once school begins, the band practices two nights a week and Saturdays prior to  competitions in the months of September and October.

When does the Marching Band perform?

The band performs at two or three home football games in the CNS stadium on Friday nights.  Band competitions are held around the state on Saturdays in September and October, culminating with state championships at the Carrier Dome at the end of October on Sunday. A special competition or performance trip may occur during or after the regular season.

What does it cost to be in Marching Band?

Marching band members need to cover the cost of some supplies such as shoes, shorts, and instrumental needs.  Most of the money required for marching band covers the trip for the season.  There are ample opportunities to fund raise including bottle drives, merchandise sales, and working at the Carrier Dome concession stand. Many members and their families raise all the money needed through fundraising.

 

 

Past Achievements


 

1986: Bowl Games Of America, Citrus Bowl National Champions
1987: New York State Field Band Conference National Class State Champions
1987: Bands Of America Class AAA National Champions
1988: Bands Of America Grand Nationals 2nd Place
1989: Bowl Games of America, Holiday Bowl National Champions
1990: Tournament of Roses Parade: Pasadena, California
1990: Mount Vernon Festival of Bands, Mt Vernon, Va., 2nd place
1991: Norwin Band Festival, North Huntington, PA, 2nd place
1993: Bowl Games of America, Gator Bowl National Champions
1994: New England Scholastic Band Association Champions, Cranston, RI.
New England Scholastic Band Association Champions, Norwood, Mass.
1995: Mount Vernon Festival of Bands, Mt. Vernon, Va., Grand Champions
1996: Vanderbilt Marching Invitational, Nashville, Tenn. Superior Rating, 3rd place
1997: NCAA Kick Off Classic, New Jersey, New York State High School Representatives. Maine Band Directors Association: Twin Cities Marching Band Competition, Auburn, Maine, 1st Place. All Caption awards CMBC Boston Regional, Easton Mass, 2nd place
1998: Bands Of America Regional Finalists, Hofstra, NY, 7th place
1999: Bands of America Regional Finalists, Hofstra, NY, 5th place
2000: Old English Festival of Bands, Rock Hill South Carolina, Grand Champions Best Music, Best Visual, Best Percussion, Best Auxiliary
2001: USSBA New England Regional Champions, Best percussion, best music, best visual, best auxiliary
2002: WGI Friendship Cup Class AAA Champions High Music, High Percussion, High General Effect, High Visual, 2nd place in finals
2003: Bands of America Regional, Massillon Ohio, Participant
2004: Bands of America Grand Nationals, Indianapolis,Indiana, Participant, top 1/3 finish of almost 100 bands.
2005: Baltimore Bands of America ** RAINED OUT **
2006: USSBA Yamaha Cup, Giant’s Stadium, 3rd place
2007: USSBA National Championships, Baltimore, MD, 6th place
2008: USSBA Super Saturday, Dartmouth High School (MA), 2nd place and New Bedford High School (MA), 1st place
2009: Bands of America Regional Finalists, West Chester, PA., 10th place (Finals rained out)
2010: USSBA National Championships, Annapolis, MD. Navy Marine Corps Stadium, 5th Place out of 20
2011: USSBA National Championships, Annapolis, MD. Navy Marine Corps Stadium, 6th Place out of 20
2012: US Bands National Championships, East Rutherford, NJ. Metlife Stadium, 10th Place
2013: US Bands National Championships, East Rutherford, NJ. Metlife Stadium, 8th Place
2014: US Bands National Championships, Annapolis, MD. Navy Marine Corps Stadium, 11th Place out of 31
2015: New York State Field Band Conference Championship Large School 2 Class, 2nd Place
2016: 255th Annual NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Participant
2016: New York State Field Band Conference Championship Large School 2 Class State Champions
2016: Taxslayer Bowl Contest of Champions, Field Show Champions, 1st Place AA Class, Outstanding Music AA Class, Outstanding Percussion AA Class, Outstanding Marching AA Class, Outstanding Auxiliary AA Class, Outstanding General Effect AA Class and Outstanding Drum Major AA Class

Northstar Drum Majors


1982: David Bills / Karen Degroot
1983: Jeff DeAngelo
1984: Jeff DeAngelo
1985: Brian Kesel
1986: Todd Hilt / Coleen Daley
1987: Todd Hilt / Coleen Daley
1988: Scott Bullock / Amy Mehnert
1989: Amy Mehnert / Lisa Giamari
1990: Lisa Giamari / Karen Seamans
1991: Karen Seamans / Andrea Haar
1992: Andrea Haar / Heather O’Brien 
1993: Heather O’Brien / Becky Gay
1994: Becky Gay / Cheryl James 
1995: Cheryl James / Tim Chermak 
1996: Tim Chermak / Sarah Markle 
1997: Sarah Markle / Chris Green
1998: Chris Green / Diane Tschudi 
1999: Diane Tschudi / Bryon Lutz
2000: Bryon Lutz / Heather Szuba
2001: Heather Szuba / Meg Cullen
2002: Meg Cullen / Niki Baerman
2003: Niki Baerman / Carrie Williams
2004: Carrie Williams / Jackie Lillis
2005: Jackie Lillis / Eric Maine

2006: Eric Maine / No Jr. Drum Major
2007: Kerry Stach / Jamie Jaquay
2008: Jamie Jaquay / Abigail Marchese
2009: Abigail Marchese / Jordan Briscoe
2010: Jordan Briscoe / Cassandra Walters
2011: Cassandra Walters / Kaitlyn Rude
2012: Kaitlyn Rude / Chad Jones
2013: Chad Jones / Noah Jones
2014: Noah Jones / Anna Hess
2015: Anna Hess / Stephen Schermerhorn
2016: Stephen Schermerhorn / Hallie Meyer

 

 

Past Directors


 

 

 

 

 

Cicero High School Golden Eagles

– Robert Codner (Founding member of the NYS Field Band Conference – 1972)

North Syracuse High School Northmen

– Burt Dunlap (Founding member of the NYS Field Band Conference – 1972)

Cicero-North Syracuse High School

– In 1982, Cicero High School and North Syracuse High School merge to form
Cicero-North Syracuse Northstars

1982: J. David LeBlanc (First Northstars Marching Band)

1983: Robert Codner

1984 – 1990: Ray Elwood 

1991 – 2012: Anthony Maio

2013 – Present: Karen Seamans