SVRCS band to perform at Bucktail football game tonight

KEVIN RAUCH/THE EXPRESS The Sugar Valley Rural Charter School Band will be joining their friends up the road tonight, sitting with and rooting for the Bucktail Bucks at the school’s Homecoming 2018 football game. The band will provide a festive homecoming atmosphere as other than a recent alumni band reunion, the Bucks sideline has not had live music in years.

RENOVO — Bucktail Area High School Homecoming 2018 will certainly be a memorable experience for all the young men and women in the Homecoming Court, but tonight will also be memorable as two neighboring schools team up to excite the crowd as Bucktail faces Cowanesque Valley on the football field.

The Sugar Valley Rural Charter School Band will be at the front of the pep line to welcome the Bucks onto the field and will remain on the sidelines during the game providing music and a festive homecoming atmosphere.

Bucktail has not had a band for many years, so that tradition at high school football games has not been seen in a long time at Bucktail games.

The seemingly million dollar idea came rather simply a year ago to Bucktail assistant coach Frank Sutliff.

“I remember watching the Sugar Valley band march through town during the Flaming Foliage Festival parade and I thought to myself, ‘We have a football team, but not band. They have a band, but no football team…why not'” Sutliff said.

PHOTO PROVIDED The Bucktail Area High School football team, above, will host Cowanesque Valley High School on the field tonight. The group will get some extra support from the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School’s band,which will sit in the stands and cheer them on and provide music during the game.

Sutliff would re-interview for his position per a Keystone Central School District requisite months later, and that’s when he pitched his idea for the first time.

“I used the end of my interview to throw out the idea, which didn’t take much to sell,” Sutliff said.

Campus Principal Betsy Dickey, who may just be the most energetic fan greeting the players, cheerleaders and coaches, jumped on the idea.

“I thought it was fantastic, for both Bucktail and Sugar Valley,” Dickey recalled.

Eventually the principal was in touch with SV band director Tracey Kennedy and the Phoenix rooting for the Bucks was on.

“Both schools deserve this. Our players work so hard, every play, every game…and the Sugar Valley band just continues such a wonderful tradition of having a great band. This is just awesome” Dickey said.

One Bucktail student will be joining the Sugar Valley band, which will be sitting at the game, playing tunes throughout the evening.

“We’re hoping to bring some spirit and fun to everyone at the game for all involved. I hope we can all give the band a great Bucktail welcome of appreciation and I’m hoping this may lead to more collaboration in the future,” summed up Dickey.

The kick-off at Dwyer Memorial Field between the Bucks and Rams is set for 7 tonight.