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Auburn’s marching band competes in state championship

The Auburn Maroon Vanguard Marching Band crowned its season with the best performance of the year on the Carrier Dome field Sunday afternoon.

Auburn’s marching band was one of more than 50 schools to perform in the dome on Sunday during the 2018 New York State Field Band Conference Championship Show. The first performance began at 8 a.m., while the last was scheduled for nearly 10 p.m.

“In general … much of our district has been very close this year,” said Auburn High School Director of Bands Michael Miller. Expecting bands in Large School Division 3 — which Auburn is in — to be very close in score, Miller compared the anticipated scores to a photo finish for a 50-yard dash.

“It just comes down to the judges’ opinions on that particular day,” Miller said. “It should be a good finish.”

Miller explained that Auburn’s show, titled “Rage Against the Machine,” had three different songs that were representative of the Industrial Revolution, education reform and the French Revolution. All arranged by Miller, the band opened with “Raging Machines” by Brian Balmages then moved to “Another Brick in the Wall” by Roger Waters before closing with “On My Own” and “Do You Hear the People Sing” by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg.

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