After 16 years of participation in the New York State Field Band Conference, the Lancaster High School Marching Band has been promoted to the national class of the conference.
The promotion was based on Lancaster’s recent success in Large School Division 2, where the band has placed in the top 3 for the past four consecutive years, including division first place championships in 2011 and 2013.
Lancaster will now complete with the elite, larger high school marching bands in New York, including West Genesee, Liverpool, Arlington, Victor, Orchard Park, Baldwinsville and Brentwood.
Lancaster has come a long way since its first year of competition in NYSFBC, when it placed 8th of 13 bands participating in the AA division. Band members are looking forward to The Reveal on April 21, when the 2014 show theme will be announced.
National Class is a designation for larger school districts in the state that have developed a program that can be competitive at the national level. In the 2013 season, Lancaster had 138 high school students participating in its marching band.
Richard Goss, Dan DeAngelis and Jacob Seymour, all music instructors, are the band directors. Tom Roberts ins the color guard coordinator and Jon Gesicki is the visual coordinator. Between 35 and 40 parents actively volunteer to help throughout the season.
The Village of Lancaster is beginning a nomination process for listing historic places in the village in the state and national registers of Historic Places of the Lancaster Downtown Historic District by the Village Historic Preservation Commission.
“Nominating and listing this local historic district in the state and national registers will bring recognition statewide and across our nation of the unique historic character of downtown Lancaster,” Mayor Paul M. Maute said this week.
Experts from consultant Clinton Brown Co. Architecture of Buffalo will work with representatives of the state Historic Preservation Office of Albany to prepare the nomination. The firm will observe properties from the street and research and document each eligible property to include in the district. Village Historian Edward Mikula will assist in the effort.
About 21 mainly commercial properties will be included in the historic district because they meet National Park Service criteria of age, architectural quality and integrity of appearance, and also represent the growth and development of the village over the years.
The village’s Historic Preservation Commission will communicate with each property owner during March and will host a community meeting planned for April. The district is expected to be listed in the national register this year.
Also this week:
• The Village Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday, followed by a 7 p.m. business meeting, in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.
• The School Board meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday at the former Central Avenue School. A budget work session will follow the business meeting and is expected to include the first complete preliminary draft of the district’s 2014-15 budget.
• The Lancaster Industrial Development Agency meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to hold a public hearing on a proposed Tops Markets project for the company’s warehouse at 5873 Genesee St. THe IDA meets in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.