CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Saturday, Oct. 15, 28 high school marching bands from across the state will compete at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field for the fifth annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational. The WVU Marching Band, “the Pride of West Virginia,” will perform at 8 p.m. before the awards presentation.
The West Virginia Marching Band Invitational is sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) in partnership 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.
The day’s activities begin at 10:45 a.m. with the Hurricane Middle School Band’s performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.” The competition begins at 11 a.m. and will continue throughout the day.
The competition is divided into five classes based on band size. Bands will be judged on general effect, marching and maneuvering, music, music effect, percussion, drum major, color guard, majorettes and feature twirler.
Tickets are $8 for adults and children 12 years of age and older and $7 for children under 12. Programs will be sold for $4 and t-shirts for $15.
A complete performance schedule is attached.
For more information, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner, at (304) 558-0220 or [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. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
10:45 a.m. Hurricane Middle School Band
11 a.m. Calhoun County Middle/High School (Class E)
11:15 a.m. Buffalo High School (Class E)
11:30 a.m. Greenbrier West High School (Class C)
11:45 a.m. Wayne High School (Class B)
Noon Spring Valley High School (Class A)
12:15 p.m. St. Marys High School (Class E)
12:30 p.m. Wahama Junior/Senior High School (Class D)
12:45 p.m. Webster County High School (Class C)
1:15 p.m. Gilmer County High School (Class E)
1:30 p.m. North Marion High School (Class C)
1:45 p.m. Elkins High School (Class A)
2 p.m. Paden City High School (Class E)
2:15 p.m. Poca High School (Class D)
2:30 p.m. Wirt County High School (Class D)
3 p.m. Majorette Competition
4 p.m. Huntington High School (Class B)
4:15 p.m. St. Albans High School (Class B)
4:30 p.m. Ritchie County High School (Class E)
4:45 p.m. Westside High School (Class D)
5:15 p.m. Nitro High School (Class B)
5:30 p.m. Greenbrier East High School (Class B)
5:45 p.m. Parkersburg High School (Class B)
6:30 p.m. Petersburg High School (Class C)
7 p.m. Sissonville High School (Class E)
7:30 p.m. Cabell Midland High School (Class A)
8:30 p.m. Awards