Oct. 14, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Saturday, Oct. 25, 35 high school marching bands from across the state will gather in Charleston at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field for the 3rd annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational.
The West Virginia Marching Band Invitational is sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (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.
“This Marching Band Invitational provides a venue for our West Virginia high school bands to showcase their talent and savor the spotlight completely,” said WVDCH Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith. “It gives everyone who loves the band a chance to get a full day of music, high-stepping performances and pride in the talents of our young musicians.”
The day’s activities begin at 11:15 a.m. with the Hurricane Middle School Band’s performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” and Sissonville High School’s JROTC will post the colors. The competition begins at 11:30 a.m. and will continue throughout the day.
The West Virginia University Mountaineer Marching Band, “The Pride of West Virginia,” will wrap up the competition’s program.
Bands will be judged on general effect, marching and maneuvering, music, music effect, percussion, drum major, color guard, majorettes and feature twirler.
Tickets are $7 for adults and children 12 years of age and older; $5 for children under 12 years of age. Programs will be sold for $4.