Additional Historical Events

Port Byron High School Band Accomplishments Under
  Band Director Jon Bowen   1975-1979


Jon Bowen received his undergraduate degree in music from SUNY Fredonia in 1970 and his masters degree from Ithaca College in 1973.  During his time at Port Byron, he also served on the board of the Cayuga County Arts Council and the Executive Board of the New York State Band Directors Association.  He was director at Port Byron for only 5 years, but through his efforts the band grew from 26 members to 96 members and took center stage at state and national events.  He accomplished a great deal in a short time, especially with students who had never attempted intricate marching techniques.   His method to teach proper spacing between people was to use a burlap rope and at the required interval, tie a knot and place a student at each knot while the band marched around the field just holding the rope until everyone learned the proper spacing just right.

Port Byron Marching Band 1976


 Port Byron band invited to play at Disney World  Citizen article 15 Dec 76 

The Port Byron Panther Marching Band has been selected to perform at Disney World in Florida, according to Jonathan Bowen, music director.  He said a tape of the band's music had been sent to Disney World and the band recently received notification of acceptance. 
The Panther Band is currently being considered for a parade June 30 at Disney World, Bowen said.  Tentative plans include the band departing June 27 and returning to Port Byron on July 1. The Port Byron Booster Club is organizing fund raising activities to finance the trip.

Marching Band Disney Trip June 1977    

The band was also invited to play at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 1977, but funding to participate in two major national parades would have been too difficult to obtain.


Weedsport, Port
Byron vie for first place in OHSL    Friday 21 Oct 1977 football game
The Port Byron Band played at halftime during this key football game.  One band member (Dawn Roe) provided the following recollection:  'The field was in miserable shape from heavy rains just before the game and with the new field having a huge embankment that lined one side where they had bleachers, all the rain went downhill onto the field.  Many of us lost our shoes in the mud, but kept on playing!!  Doug Smith even had the bell of his sousaphone fall off and he continued to play without the bell!  It was a blast.'


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anyone that would like to contribute photos for the album may email them to Dawn Roe, Class '81 at