CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Thirty-four high school bands from 27 counties showcased their talents in the 3rd annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field on Saturday, Oct. 25. The West Virginia University “Pride of West Virginia” Mountaineer Marching Band also performed. A complete list of winners is included.
Cabell Midland High School won the Overall “Honor Band” Award as well as the Grand Champion Award for Division I schools and Philip Barbour High School won the Grand Champion Award for Division II schools.
Bands were judged on general effect, marching and maneuvering, music, music effect, percussion, drum major, color guard, majorettes and feature twirler.
Participating bands were Brooke High School, Wellsburg, Brooke County; Buffalo High School, Buffalo, Putnam County; Cabell Midland High School, Ona, Cabell County; Chapmanville Regional High School, Chapmanville, Logan County; Doddridge County High School, West Union, Doddridge County; Gilmer County High School, Glenville, Gilmer County; Greenbrier East High School, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County; Harman School, Harman, Randolph County; Huntington High School, Huntington, Cabell County; Hurricane High School, Hurricane, Putnam County; Independence High School, Coal City, Raleigh County; Musselman High School, Inwood, Berkeley County; Nicholas County High School, Summersville, Nicholas County; Nitro High School, Nitro, Kanawha County; Oak Hill High School, Oak Hill, Fayette County; Paden City High School, Paden City, Wetzel County; Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg, Wood County; Petersburg High School, Petersburg, Grant County; Philip Barbour High School, Philippi, Barbour County; Poca High School, Poca, Putnam County; Preston High School, Kingwood, Preston County; Princeton High School, Princeton, Mercer County; Richwood High School, Richwood, Nicholas County; Ritchie County High School, Ellenboro, Ritchie County; River View High School, Bradshaw, McDowell County; Scott High School, Madison, Boone County; Sherman High School, Seth, Boone County; Sissonville High School, Sissonville, Kanawha County; St. Albans High School, St. Albans, Kanawha County; St. Marys High School, St. Marys, Pleasant County; Summers County High School, Hinton, Summers County; Wahama Junior/Senior High School, Mason, Mason County; Wayne High School, Wayne, Wayne County; and Wirt County High School, Elizabeth, Wirt County.
The winners of the Marching Band Invitational are as follows:
Overall Award (Honor Band)
Division 1 (A) Band Awards
Division 2 (A) Band Awards
Division 1 (AA) Band Awards
Division 2 (AA) Band Awards
Division AAA Band Awards
Division AAAA Band Awards
Division 2 (A) Percussion Awards
Division 1 (AA) Percussion Awards
Division 2 (AA) Percussion Awards
Division 1 (A) Drum Major Awards
Division 2 (A) Drum Major Awards
Division 2 (AA) Drum Major Awards
Division AAA Drum Major Awards
Division AAAA Drum Major Awards
Division 1 (A) Color Guard Awards
Division 2 (A) Color Guard Awards
Division 1 (AA) Color Guard Awards
Division 2 (AA) Color Guard Awards
Division AAA Color Guard Awards
Division AAAA Color Guard Awards
Division 1 (A) Soloist Award
Division 2 (A) Soloist Award
Division 1 (AA) Soloist Award
Division (2) AA Soloist Award
Division AAA Soloist Award
Division AAAA Soloist Award
Best Dressed Director
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) also inducted the first three band directors into the Marching Band Hall of Fame. Honorees included Julia Kade of Princeton, Mercer County; Sherry L. Poole of Ripley, Jackson County; and Rhonda E. Smalley of Huntington, Cabell County. Together they have spent more than 110 years inspiring young students with a love of music and teaching spectacular performance skills that the audience can celebrate and enjoy. The inductees were selected from a list of nominations submitted to the WVDCH.
The West Virginia Marching Band Invitational was sponsored by the WVDCH in participation with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, the Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Department of Education and The Arts. The Marching Band Invitational helps to promote, encourage and celebrate arts education throughout West Virginia.
For more information about the Marching Band Invitational, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner of the division, at (304) 558-0220 or at [email protected].
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org.
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