GLENVILLE, W.Va. — Twenty-eight high school marching bands from across the state will gather in Glenville, W.Va., for the first West Virginia Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 3. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is presenting the competition to highlight and celebrate music education in Mountain State schools. The event will be held at Glenville State College’s I.L. and Sue Morris Stadium.

Bands will be judged on coordination and showmanship; marching and maneuvering; music; musical effect; percussion; drum major; color guard; majorette corps; and featured twirler.

The competition will begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day until the awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

“Students who have opportunities to participate in arts education and arts programs like band, theater, fine arts and literature, gain an appreciation for the world around them that will never leave them,” said Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith. “Together with our statewide VH1 Save The Music partnership and our First Lady’s Festival of Songs, these programs become integral to our mission to promote, encourage and celebrate arts education.”

Chesapeake Energy, Glenville State College, VH1 Foundation, West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission join the Division in presenting the West Virginia Marching Band Invitational.

Tickets for the event are $3 for visitors 11 years old and younger and $6 for visitors 12 years old and older. A complete list of bands is included.

For more information about the first West Virginia Marching Band Invitational, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner for the Division, at (304) 558-0220.

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 The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

West Virginia Marching Band Invitational Performance Schedule

10 a.m.–Tygarts Valley High School
Mill Creek, Randolph County

10:15 a.m.–Gilmer County High School
Glenville, Gilmer County

10:30 a.m.–Sherman High School
Seth, Boone County

10:45 a.m.–Wahama Jr./Sr. High School
Mason, Mason County

11 a.m.–Harman High School
Harman, Randolph County
Tygarts Valley High School
Mill Creek, Randolph County

11:15 a.m.–Richwood High School
Richwood, Nicholas County

11:45 a.m.–Roane County High School
Spencer, Roane County

Noon–Ritchie County High School
Ellenboro, Ritchie County

12:15 p.m.–Liberty High School
Clarksburg, Harrison County

12:30 p.m.–Scott High School
Madison, Boone County

12:45 p.m.–Poca High School
Poca, Putnam County

1 p.m.–Petersburg High School
Petersburg, Grant County

1:15 p.m.–Bluefield High School
Bluefield, Mercer County

1:30 p.m.–Nicholas County High School
Summersville, Nicholas County

1:45 p.m.–North Marion High School
Farmington, Marion County

2 p.m.–Ravenswood High School
Ravenswood, Jackson County

2:15 p.m.–Magnolia High School
New Martinsville, Wetzel County

Exhibition Performance
2:45 p.m.–Glenville State College Marching Band
Glenville, Gilmer County

3:30 p.m.–Brooke High School
Wellsburg, Brooke County

3:45 p.m.–Princeton Senior High School
Princeton, Mercer County

4 p.m.–Hampshire County High School
Romney, Hampshire County

4:15 p.m.–Elkins High School
Elkins, Randolph County

4:30 p.m.–St. Albans High School
St. Albans, Kanawha County

5 p.m.–Parkersburg High School
Parkersburg, Wood County

5:15 p.m.–Capital High School
Charleston, Kanawha County

5:30 p.m.–Valley High School
Pine Grove, Wetzel County

5:45 p.m.–Sissonville High School
Charleston, Kanawha County

6 p.m.–Philip Barbour High School
Philippi, Barbour County

6:15 p.m.–Cabell Midland High School
Ona, Cabell County

6:30 p.m.–All-Bands Finale

7 p.m.–Awards Ceremony

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