Exelon donates $10,000 to “second to none” Marching Bucs

Members of the Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers were all smiles on Thursday night as they received a $10,000 donation from Exelon Corporation. Pictured center are Exelon Site Vice President Pete Orphanos, Oswego High School Band Parents’ Association President Heidi Samson and Exelon employee and band parent Christopher Choate, who nominated the Marching Bucs for the grant.On the eve of taking the field this Sunday, October 29, for the New York State Field Band Championship, the Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers received a huge boost this week from Exelon Generation in the form of a $10,000 donation.
In a ceremony Thursday night, the Oswego High School Band Parents’ Association was presented with the funds by Exelon Site Vice President Pete Orphanos.
“Exelon is tremendously committed to the well-being and success of all the communities we operate in,” said Orphanos. “So many businesses and citizens support us here in New York and we’re truly blessed by that support and the opportunity to give back.”
The Marching Bucs compete in field band contests and showcases in New York State and beyond, culminating in this Sunday’s championship event in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University. OHS also holds its own field band event, the long-running Pageant of Champions, each year.
Marching Bucs Director Scott Ciesla said the music program in the Oswego City School District is “second to none” and praised parents and students for their support and commitment to excellence.
“Oswego students have some amazing opportunities thanks to these band parents and we have something pretty special here,” said Ciesla.
Funds for the donation were raised through the annual Nine Mile Point Charity Golf Tournament and the Marching Bucs are one of several organizations and charitable endeavors throughout Oswego County chosen to receive grants.