As summer break heads into its last remaining weeks, students from the Mohonasen Marching Band and Color Guard were bringing smiles to the residents of Schenectady.
The band and color guard kicked off an exciting pep rally on August 17 in front of Schenectady’s City Hall during which local communities, agencies and figures – from Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and Congressman Paul Tonko to the “Fabulous Beekman Boys,” Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, Beekman 1802 owners, winners of “The Amazing Race” and reality television stars – shared their community pride.
The rally, hosted by area marketing firm Buzz Media Solutions, also announced the winners of the Schenectady Smiles photo contest. The contest reported that over 140 people submitted photos in five categories highlighting different areas of Schenectady and its community, including diversity, community vitality, natural environment, architecture and urban design and businesses and organizations.
The band and color guard also closed the rally with additional vibrant performances, during which the contest mascot, the “Smile Monster,” took a moment to lend a hand to Mohon’s band drum major in conducting the students as they performed.
During the last two weeks of August, students in the marching band and color guard will continue their hard work as they participate in band camp before the new school year begins.