Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Northstar?
Through their hard work, common goals, and shared experiences, members of the marching band build strong bonds. Friendships forged in marching band last throughout school and beyond. Students transitioning from the junior high to high school will already have a network of friends before the first day of school.
Every member of the marching band is important. There is no bench. Marching band requires members of different ages, backgrounds and abilities to come together and perform as one team. To be successful, every member must know their part and have trust in their teammates.
Marching band offers once in a lifetime experiences students can’t get anywhere else. The Northstars have performed and competed on the state and national level in events and facilities such as Metlife Stadium, Navy Marine Corp Stadium, Everbank Field, Taxslayer Bowl, Citrus Bowl, Tournament of Roses parade, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
From July to November, countless hours will be spent at practices and competitions, memorizing music and learning drill. Students will learn time management to balance marching band, school, homework and other commitments, a skill that will benefit them the rest of their lives.
Members of the marching band become a family, sharing in their success and supporting each other in adversity. Members look out for one another and often provide a support group like none other in school.
As a member of the Northstars Marching Band, students are part of one of the founding members of the NYS Field Band Conference (Cicero HS Golden Eagles and North Syracuse HS Northmen). Students will learn the traditions established by thousands of former members and have an opportunity to leave their own legacy.
“Once a Northstar, always a Northstar”
“Letting our daughter join the CNS marching band changed her life! She was one of those kids that was some what of a loner and didn’t have a lot of friends. We were reluctant to let her join. How could she do this? How would our family be able to handle the time commitment? Thankfully we did and she flourished. We had constant questions which were answered quickly and eased our nerves. I’m proud to say that our daughter has never missed a practice or performance and has pushed herself to levels we had no idea she could achieve. She’s made many friends and has a group of close ones that are always by her side. The older kids in band really do step up and mentor the younger ones. We are so thankful that we took the leap to let our daughter join the band and are forever grateful to all involved!”
“I’m more convinced than ever that marching band is truly the greatest thing in the world because it offers my children and my family opportunities we would not experience in any other activity out there.“
“To Karen Seamans and the entire staff, thank you for all that you’ve done for our students and this program. Karen, you’ve rebuilt the Northstars Marching Band into a serious competitor in the NYSFBC and a focus of pride throughout the school district and community. You’ve changed the culture of the marching band by not just pursuing excellence on the field, but expecting excellence off the field by teaching the students about accountability to their teammates, responsibility in and out of school, and showing them what can be accomplished through dedication and hard work. Your vision and love for this program and our students, and the impact you’ve had on my kids and countless others, is why I continued to devote my time and energy to this band year after year. I know I’ve said this before, but what sets you apart from your peers is your ability to create shows with extraordinary “wow” moments that stick with you long after the season is over. I can’t thank you enough for bringing out the best in our kids, providing a program we can all be proud of, and giving all of us memories that will last a lifetime.”
“Thank you so much to all the parent volunteers that made our first year in marching band so special. This is by far the best run parent group we’ve ever been involved with. It was very overwhelming but the parent group answered all of our questions and went out of their way to help explain everything that goes into a marching band season.“
“I want to take a moment to try and find the words to express my thanks to all the students, parents and teachers/leaders who have helped my daughter and family through this season. When my 11 year old said she want to join the Marching Band, I was more than nervous – about the time, & money, the commitment, about a YOUNG 7th grader fitting in with high school kids………But now – I see the changes in (her), the growth she has had this year and I couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you to the directors, staff, parents, and students who have guided and helped us through this year. I look forward to 5 more years of being a part of this team of dedicated individuals.”
“Marching Band changed our lives and I can’t wait to be a part of it for the coming years.”
“I highly recommend participation in the marching band for both students and parents. As an alumnus and charter member of the first combined CNS marching band, I know of the great history and legendary performances of this band from their beginnings. I have enjoyed following the Northstars over the years and always missed the comraderie of the friendships built as we spent so much time together striving towards the common goal of excellence and performance as one great unit. I am now thrilled to see my own daughter be able to participate in this phenomenal program and to continue to experience such bonding with her peers and mentors alike. This occurs because of the time spent together rehearsing, perfecting, pursuing possibilities, and regularly seeing the product of their work. There are many long hours, much endurance, persistence, emotional and physical challenge at all levels, however, the students own and feel their accomplishments in such a deep and lasting way. Ms Karen Seamans has steered this band toward national recognition, and within the student body has beautifully fostered a culture of mentorship to guide young students into important and seasoned participants. While all adding to this great unit, each student is still individually known by name, coached by experienced staff members, and given opportunities, even at a young entry level, to stretch themselves and attempt new skills.”
“Ms. Seamans and Mr. Hover had a connection with these kids that made them want to work harder, and the other instructors did an incredible job of building on this to lead these children to an undefeated, championship season that will be one of the most memorable experiences of their lives.”
“Ms. Seamans, thank you so much. I don’t know what magic occurs on those fields to take a kid like mine and turn him into what we saw on the field, but it worked. Every member of my kid’s family got choked up at some point when we saw him on the field, because we couldn’t believe it was the same kid. We could not be prouder.”
“The parents watch out for the kids, but the kids watch out for each other, too. My kid has become part of a family, a brotherhood, a tradition. He learned about hard work and the payoff is big. And if this is what I see in six months, I can’t wait until next year and the year after!”
“I can’t think of a better group of people that I could entrust my only child with! Thank you for all of the work & love you all put into this trip! And into the program in general!”