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 www.wvculture.org. 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
10:15 a.m.–Gilmer County High School
10:30 a.m.–Sherman High School
10:45 a.m.–Wahama Jr./Sr. High School
11 a.m.–Harman High School
11:15 a.m.–Richwood High School
11:45 a.m.–Roane County High School
Noon–Ritchie County High School
12:15 p.m.–Liberty High School
12:30 p.m.–Scott High School
12:45 p.m.–Poca High School
1 p.m.–Petersburg High School
1:15 p.m.–Bluefield High School
1:30 p.m.–Nicholas County High School
1:45 p.m.–North Marion High School
2 p.m.–Ravenswood High School
2:15 p.m.–Magnolia High School
3:30 p.m.–Brooke High School
3:45 p.m.–Princeton Senior High School
4 p.m.–Hampshire County High School
4:15 p.m.–Elkins High School
4:30 p.m.–St. Albans High School
5 p.m.–Parkersburg High School
5:15 p.m.–Capital High School
5:30 p.m.–Valley High School
5:45 p.m.–Sissonville High School
6 p.m.–Philip Barbour High School
6:15 p.m.–Cabell Midland High School
6:30 p.m.–All-Bands Finale
7 p.m.–Awards Ceremony
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