CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The seventh annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational Championship will feature high school bands from around the state on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the University of Charleston Stadium, Laidley Field. The invitational will include competition and exhibition performances this year. Princeton Middle School will open the event at 10:30 a.m.

In 2017 the West Virginia State Legislature proclaimed this invitational “The Official State Marching Band Championship of West Virginia.”

“We are pleased to have high school and middle school bands from across the Mountain State attending this year’s invitational,” West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History Curator Randall Reid-Smith said. “This invitational gives us an opportunity to showcase the musical talents of West Virginia students. For the last several years, the department has partnered with VH1 Save The Music Foundation and generous donors around the state to provide musical instruments to middle schools throughout the state. Now, these students are moving into high school where they are helping to grow those marching bands. This invitational is a way for us to highlight that growing interest in music.”

The invitational includes competition judging for music, music effect, general effect, marching, percussion, drum major, color guard, majorettes and twirlers. A Miss Majorette competition is also held at the event.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, seven band directors will be inducted into the Marching Band Hall of Fame.

The invitational will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day, culminating in an awards program that evening. Admission is $8 for ages 12 and older and $7 for 11 and younger.

The schedule for the day is:

10:30 a.m.       Princeton Middle School
10:45 a.m.       Chapmanville Middle School
11 a.m.            Wirt County High School
11:15 a.m.       Gilmer County High School
11:30 a.m.       Wyoming East High School
11:45 a.m.       Bluefield High School
Noon              Westside High School
12:15 p.m.      Ravenswood High School
12:30 p.m.      Hall of Fame Presentation
1 p.m.             Calhoun County Middle/High School
1:15 p.m.        Clay-Batelle High School
1:30 p.m.        James Monroe High School
1:45 p.m.        Sherman High School
2 p.m.             Lincoln County High School
2:15 p.m.        Tyler Consolidated High School
2:30 p.m.        Hall of Fame Presentation
2:45 p.m.        Woodrow Wilson High School
3 p.m.             Parkersburg High School
3:15 p.m.        Greenbrier West High School
3:30 p.m.        Greenbrier East High School
3:45 p.m.        Hall of Fame Presentation
4 p.m.             Paden City High School
4:15 p.m.        Wayne High School
4:30 p.m.        Scott High School
4:45 p.m.        Tygarts Valley High School
5 p.m.             Braxton County High School
5:15 p.m.        Hall of Fame Presentation
5:30 p.m.        River View High School
5:45 p.m.        St. Albans High School
6 p.m.             Buffalo High School
6:15 p.m.        Nitro High School
6:30 p.m.        Spring Valley High School
6:45 p.m.        Hall of Fame Presentation
7 p.m.             Sissonville High School
7:15 p.m.        Poca High School
7:30 p.m.        Philip Barbour High School
7:45 p.m.        Webster County High School
8 p.m.             Musselman High School
8:15 p.m.        Hall of Fame Induction
8:30 p.m.        Richwood High School
8:45 p.m.        Huntington High School
9 p.m.             Cabell Midland High School
9:15 p.m.        Miss Majorette Competition
9:35 p.m.        Hall of Fame Presentation
9:45 p.m.        AWARDS