Banging the Drum for the Bills

Onondaga Community College is well represented in the Buffalo Bills drumline, “Stampede.”

Onondaga Community College Alums are doing their part to fire up fans of pro football’s Buffalo Bills on game day. The Bills drumline, Stampede, plays in the parking lot of New Era Field before games and in the stands during games. One of Stampede’s members is an OCC Alumnus, Andrew Hook who plays the bass drum. “Being part of game day is exhilarating. I love it so much,” Hook said. “Being able to do what I love while performing for the Bills is basically a dream come true.” Hook is a 2015 graduate of Oswego High School who earned a Music degree from OCC in 2017.

Stampede was started by five men who at one time performed with OCC’s drumline: Dan English, Mike English, Erik English, Chris Ganey and Dan MacCollum. MacCollum, Ganey and Erik English are also graduates of OCC. Their mentor on campus was Professor Rob Bridge who teaches percussion at OCC. Professor Bridge is also Drum Line Instructor for the Syracuse University marching Band.

Another current member of Stampede is Josh Dievendorf, a 2016 graduate of Phoenix High School. The upcoming season will be Dievendorf’s fourth with Stampede. “I’ve played almost every part there is in the drumline so whenever there is a need for an individual part I can always be of service.” In May Dievendorf earned his General Studies degree from OCC. “I was able to attend a school with so much to offer and so many wonderful professors and a strong percussion program. OCC is an incredible school and it is open to everyone who wants to start on a path to higher education.”

We wish Stampede and the Buffalo Bills much success in the 2018 season! The first regular season home game for Stampede and the Bills is Sunday, September 16.