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2015 Marching Band Invitational Winners Announced

The Free Press WV

CHARLESTON, WV –  Thirty-five high school bands from around the state showcased their talents in the 4th annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field on Saturday, October 24. The Hurricane Middle School Band and the Bethany College Percussion Ensemble also performed. A complete list of winners is included.

Cabell Midland High School won the Overall “Honor Band” Award as well as the State Champion Award for Division AAA schools, Philip Barbour High School won the State Champion Award for Division AA schools and Gilmer County High School won the State Champion Award for Division A schools.

Bands were judged on general effect, marching and maneuvering, music, music effect,  percussion, drum major, color guard, majorettes and feature twirler.

Participating bands were Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Buckhannon, Upshur County; Buffalo High School, Buffalo, Putnam County; Cabell Midland High School, Ona, Cabell County; Calhoun Middle/High School, Mt. Zion, Calhoun County; Chapmanville Regional High School, Chapmanville, Logan County; Doddridge County High School,  West Union, Doddridge County; Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, Fayette County;  Gilmer County High School, Glenville, Gilmer County; Greenbrier East High School, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County; Huntington High School, Huntington,  Cabell County; Hurricane High School, Hurricane, Putnam County; Lewis County High School, Weston, Lewis County; Lincoln County High School, Hamlin, Lincoln County; Magnolia High School, New Martinsville, Wetzel County; Martinsburg High School, Martinsburg, Berkeley County; Nitro High School, Nitro, Kanawha County;  Oak Hill High School, Oak Hill, Fayette County; Paden City High School, Paden City, Wetzel County; Petersburg High School, Petersburg, Grant County; Philip Barbour High School, Philippi, Barbour County; Pikeview High School, Princeton,  Mercer County; Poca High School, Poca, Putnam County; Richwood High School,  Richwood, Nicholas County; Ripley High School, Ripley, Jackson County; Ritchie County High School, Ellenboro, Ritchie County; Shady Spring High School, Shady Spring, Raleigh County; Sissonville High School, Sissonville, Kanawha County;  St. Albans High School, St. Albans, Kanawha County; St. Marys High School, St.  Marys, Pleasant County; Tug Valley High School, Williamson, Mingo County; Tyler Consolidated High School, Sistersville, Tyler County; Wahama Junior/Senior High School, Mason, Mason County; Wayne High School, Wayne, Wayne County; Webster County High School, Upperglade, Webster County; and Wirt County High School, Elizabeth, Wirt County.

The winners of the Marching Band Invitational are as follows:


Overall Awards (Honor Band)
  West Virginia State Honor Band: Cabell Midland High School
  1st Runner-up: Hurricane High School
  2nd Runner-up: Ripley High School
  3rd Runner-up: Philip Barbour High School
  4th Runner-up: Martinsburg High School


Division AAA
  State Champion: Cabell Midland High School
  1st Runner-Up: Hurricane High School
  2nd Runner-Up: RipleyHigh School


Division AA
  State Champion: Philip Barbour High School
  1st Runner-Up: Wayne High School
  2nd Runner-Up: Poca High School


Division A
  State Champion: Gilmer County High School
  1st Runner-Up: Tyler Consolidated High School
  2nd Runner-Up: Richwood High School


Miss Majorette
  1st Place:Kendra Amick,  Richwood High School
  2nd Place: Cassidy Myers, Webster County High School


Division 1A Band Awards
  1st Place: Gilmer County High School
  2nd Place: Paden City High School
  3rd Place: Wahama Junior/Senior High School


Division 2A Band Awards
  1st Place: Tyler Consolidated High School
  2nd Place: Richwood High School
  3rd Place: Magnolia High School


Division 1AA Band Awards
  1st Place: Poca High School
  2nd Place: Sissonville High School
  3rd Place: Petersburg High School


Division 2AA Band Awards
  1st Place: Philip Barbour High School
  2nd Place: Wayne High School
  3rd Place: Webster County High School


Division 1AAA Band Awards
  1st Place: Nitro High School
  2nd Place: Lincoln County High School
  3rd Place: Lewis County High School


Division 2AAA Band Awards
  1st Place: Ripley High School
  2nd Place: Saint Albans High School
  3rd Place: Huntington High School


Division 3AAA Band Awards
  1st Place: Cabell Midland High School
  2nd Place: Hurricane High School
  3rd Place: Martinsburg High School


Division 1A Percussion Awards
  1st Place: Buffalo High School
  2nd Place: Gilmer County High School
  3rd Place: Wirt County High School


Division 2A Percussion Awards
  1st Place: Magnolia High School
  2nd Place: Tyler Consolidated High School
  3rd Place: Saint Marys High School


Division 1AA Percussion Awards
  1st Place: Poca High School
  2nd Place: Sissonville High School
  3rd Place: Ritchie County High School


Division 2AA Percussion Awards
  1st Place (Tie): Wayne High School/Philip Barbour High School
  3rd Place: Pikeview High School


Division 1AAA Percussion Awards
  1st Place: Nitro High School
  2nd Place: Lincoln County High School
  3rd Place: Lewis County High School


Division 2AAA Percussion Awards
  1st Place: Ripley High School
  2nd Place: Huntington High School
  3rd Place: Saint Albans High School


Division 3AAA Percussion Awards
  1st Place: Hurricane High School
  2nd Place: Cabell Midland High School
  3rd Place: Martinsburg High School


Division 1A Drum Major Awards
  1st Place: Buffalo High School
  2nd Place: Gilmer County High School
  3rd Place: Paden City High School


Division 2A Drum Major Awards
  1st Place: Tyler Consolidated High School
  2nd Place: Magnolia High School
  3rd Place: Saint Marys High School


Division 1AA Drum Major Awards
  1st Place: Poca High School
  2nd Place: Petersburg High School
  3rd Place: Sissonville High School


Division 2AA Drum Major Awards
  1st Place: Wayne High School
  2nd Place: Philip Barbour High School
  3rd Place: Pikeview High School


Division 1AAA Drum Major Awards
  1st Place: Lincoln County High School
  2nd Place: Nitro High School
  3rd Place: Lewis County High School


Division 2AAA Drum Major Awards
  1st Place: Ripley High School
  2nd Place: Saint Albans High School
  3rd Place: Huntington High School


Division 3AAA Drum Major Awards
  1st Place: Cabell Midland High School
  2nd Place: Hurricane High School
  3rd Place: Greenbrier East High School


Division 1A Color Guard Awards
  1st Place: Wahama Junior/Senior High School
  2nd Place: Wirt County High School
  3rd Place: Paden City High School


Division 2A Color Guard Awards
  1st Place: Magnolia High School
  2nd Place: Fayetteville High School
  3rd Place: Richwood High School


Division 1AA Color Guard Awards
  1st Place: Petersburg High School
  2nd Place: Sissonville High School
  3rd Place: Poca High School


Division 2AA Color Guard Awards
  1st Place: Wayne High School
  2nd Place: Philip Barbour High School
  3rd Place: Pikeview High School


Division 1AAA Color Guard Awards
  1st Place: Shady Spring High School
  2nd Place: Nitro High School
  3rd Place: Lincoln County High School


Division 2AAA Color Guard Awards
  1st Place: Ripley High School
  2nd Place: Buckhannon-Upshur High School
  3rd Place: Saint Albans High School


Division 3AAA Color Guard Awards
  1st Place: Cabell Midland High School
  2nd Place: Hurricane High School
  3rd Place: Martinsburg High School


Division 1A Soloist Award
  1st Place: Gilmer County High School


Division 2A Soloist Award
  1st Place: Tyler Consolidated High School


Division 1AA Soloist Award
  1st Place: Poca High School


Division 2AA Soloist Award
  1st Place: Philip Barbour High School


Division 1AAA Soloist Award
  1st Place: Lincoln County High School


Division 2AAA Soloist Award
  1st Place: Ripley High School (Duet)


Division 3AAA Soloist Award
  1st Place: Cabell Midland High School


Twirler Awards
  1st Place: Lincoln County High School
  2nd Place: Richwood High School
  3rd Place: Cabell Midland High School


Majorette Awards
  1st Place: Richwood High School
  2nd Place: Philip Barbour High School
  3rd Place: Webster County High School


Best Dressed Director
  Brian Dunfee, Wayne High School


The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) also inducted two band directors into the Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame. Honorees included Greg James of Richwood High School, Nicholas County and Timothy James of Cabell Midland High School, Cabell County. Together they have spent more than 70 years inspiring young students with a love of music and teaching spectacular performance skills that the audience can celebrate and enjoy. The inductees were selected from a list of nominations submitted to the WVDCH.

The West Virginia Marching Band Invitational was sponsored by the 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.

For more information about the Marching Band Invitational, contact Caryn Gresham,  deputy commissioner of the division, at 304.558.0220 or at “caryn.s.gresham@wv.gov” .

GCHS Marching Band Titans, THE CLASS A STATE MARCHING BAND CHAMPIONS

The Free Press WV

The Gilmer County High School Marching Titans competed Saturday October 24, 2015 in Charleston WV and brought home the Class A State Champ win.

WAY TO GO MARCHING TITANS!!!

They also placed in other areas as well.

2nd Place Class 1A Percussion

2nd Place Class 1A Field Commander

Class 1A Most Outstanding Soloist

Class 1A FIRST PLACE Band


And…..


CLASS A STATE MARCHING BAND CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!

The Free Press WV

Two WV Marching Band Directors to Be Inducted into WV Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame

The Free Press WV

CHARLESTON, WV - The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) will induct two new members into the West Virginia Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 24. The induction will take place during the awards ceremony at the fourth annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field, which begins at 9 p.m.

Honorees include Greg James, director of the Richwood High School marching band, and Timothy James, director of the Cabell Midland High School marching band.

Greg James has been teaching in public schools in West Virginia for almost 40 years and has served as the band director at Richwood High School for 31 years. James graduated from Glenville State College in 1976 and began his career as a music teacher for Nicholas County Schools, traveling to elementary schools throughout the county. During this time, James served as an instructor with the Richwood High School Band. In 1984 he became the band director. “The Lumberjack Express,” as the Richwood marching band is known, has grown exponentially under James’ leadership, averaging 130 members each year. With a total school population of 400, about one-third of the students at Richwood High School participate in the marching band.  His bands have performed at prestigious events throughout the United States and Canada including the Gator Bowl, Kentucky Derby, Walt Disney World, Niagara Falls and the Indianapolis 500. They also have been selected by four governors to perform on the steps of the West Virginia Capitol for the annual “Joyful Night” tree lighting ceremony. James has implemented financial assistance programs and fundraisers throughout the years to make sure every student who wants to participate in the marching band has an instrument and can attend the yearly trips. His bands have won many awards and competitions locally and nationally and continue to excel under his leadership.

Timothy James received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Glenville State College in 1979 and earned his master’s degree from Marshall University in 1983. He studied dance, voice and musical theater at Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1984. James has been teaching for 33 years both in and out of Cabell County, including stops at Huntington High School, Guyan Valley High School, James Monroe High School and Enslow Middle School. Under his leadership, his marching bands have consistently received superior and excellent ratings. Over the years, they have won more than 1,100 awards, including 33 marching band and show choir Grand Champion awards. He is currently the band director at Cabell Midland High School, a position he has held since 2011. Before he became director, James served as assistant director for the marching band under Director Rhonda Smalley. Since he became director four years ago, the Marching Knights have been four-time Marshall University Tri-State Band Festival Grand Champion, three-time West Virginia Invitational Grand Champion, won more than 15 grand championships, Honor Band at the Strawberry Festival and received superior ratings at numerous band festivals.

“I am so pleased to induct Greg James and Timothy James into the West Virginia Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame. Together they have spent more than 70 years inspiring young students with a love of music and teaching spectacular performance skills that the audience can celebrate and enjoy,” said West Virginia Division of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith.

4th Annual High School Marching Band Invitational

The Free Press WV

CHARLESTON,  WV – On Saturday, October 24, 35 high school marching bands from across the state will compete in Charleston at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field for the 4th 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.

The day’s activities begin at 10:30 a.m. with the Hurricane Middle School Band’s performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” and Sissonville High School’s JROTC posting of the colors. The competition begins at 10:45 a.m. and will continue throughout the day.

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.

The complete performance schedule:

10:30 a.m.    Hurricane Middle School Band and Sissonville High School JROTC
National Anthem and Posting of Colors

10:45 a.m.    Wirt County High School (1A)
Elizabeth, Wirt County

11 a.m.        St. Marys High School (2A)
St. Marys, Pleasants County

11:15 a.m.    Lincoln County High School (1AAA)
Hamlin, Lincoln County

11:30 a.m.    Calhoun County Middle/High School (1A)
Mt. Zion, Calhoun County

11:45 a.m.    Fayetteville High School (2A)
Fayetteville, Fayette County

Noon           Poca High School (1AA)
Poca, Putnam County

12:15 p.m.    Pikeview High School (2AA)
Princeton, Mercer County

12:30 p.m.    St. Albans High School (2AAA)
St. Albans, Kanawha County

12:45 p.m.    LUNCH

1:30 p.m.      Lewis County High School (1AAA)
Weston, Lewis County

1:45 p.m.      Buffalo High School (1A)
Buffalo, Putnam County

2 p.m.          Tyler Consolidated High School (2A)
Sistersville, Tyler County

2:15 p.m.      Sissonville High School, (1AA)
Sissonville, Kanawha County

2:30 p.m.      Chapmanville Regional High School (1AA)
Chapmanville, Logan County

2:45 p.m.      Doddridge County High School (2A)
West Union, Doddridge County

3 p.m.          Martinsburg High School (3AAA)
Martinsburg, Berkeley County

3:15 p.m.      Percussion Exhibition    
Bethany College Percussion Ensemble
Bethany, Brooke County

3:30 p.m.      Paden City High School (1A)
Paden City, Wetzel County

3:45 p.m.      Ritchie County High School (1AA)
Ellenboro, Ritchie County
               
4 p.m.          Tug Valley High School (2A)
Williamson, Mingo County

4:15 p.m.      Webster County High School (2AA)
Upper Glade, Webster County

4:30 p.m.      Oak Hill High School (1AAA)
Oak Hill, Fayette County

4:45 p.m.      Buckhannon-Upshur High School (2AAA)
Buckhannon, Upshur County

5 p.m.        Shady Spring High School (1AAA)
Shady Spring, Raleigh County

5:15 p.m.      Majorette Competition
Miss Majorette

5:45 p.m.      Wahama Junior/Senior High School (1A)
Mason, Mason County

6 p.m.          Magnolia High School (2A)
New Martinsville, Wetzel County
               
6:15 p.m.      Petersburg High School (1AA)
Petersburg, Grant County

6:30 p.m.      Philip Barbour High School (2AA)
Philippi, Barbour County
               
6:45 p.m.      Nitro High School (1AAA)
Nitro, Kanawha County

7 p.m.          Hurricane High School (3AAA)
Hurricane, Putnam County
       
7:15 p.m.      Gilmer County High School (1A)
                  Glenville, Gilmer County

7:30 p.m.      Richwood High School (2A)
Richwood, Nicholas County
       
7:45 p.m.      Wayne High School (2AA)
Wayne, Wayne County
               
8 p.m.          Huntington High School (2AAA)
Huntington, Cabell County

8:15 p.m.      Greenbrier East High School (3AAA)
Lewisburg, Greenbrier County

8:30 p.m.      Ripley High School (2AAA)
Ripley, Jackson County

8:45 p.m.      Cabell Midland High School (3AAA)
Ona, Cabell County

9 p.m.        Awards              
Awards Presentations

Gilmer County High School Band Performance - 12.13.12 - Tonight

The Gilmer Free Press

Gilmer County High School’s band will have their Christmas concert at Glenville State College in the Fine Arts Center auditorium on Friday, December 13, 2013.

The performance will begin at 7:30 PM.

Please come out and support the children of Gilmer County and enjoy some Christmas music too.

For additional information, please contact Mr. Steven Auten at 304.462.7960.

Gilmer County High School Band Performance - 12.13.12

The Gilmer Free Press

Gilmer County High School’s band will have their Christmas concert at Glenville State College in the Fine Arts Center auditorium on Friday, December 13, 2013.

The performance will begin at 7:30 PM.

Please come out and support the children of Gilmer County and enjoy some Christmas music too.

For additional information, please contact Mr. Steven Auten at 304.462.7960.

Glenville State College Marching Band Holds Camp

Members of the Glenville State College marching band returned to campus a few days early to begin their training and practice for the upcoming season. Band members used the extra week before fall classes began to prepare marching drills, learn new routines, and familiarize themselves with new songs.

The camp is a first for the band as members normally begin practice once the fall semester begins. Most band members are busy during the summer teaching and assisting with high school band camps across the state. This year, however, many of those camps wrapped up earlier than normal allowing the GSC students a chance to come together earlier.

“The first annual GSC band camp was a great way to start off this season of marching band. We got a head start on our show and made great strides to be a tighter, more cohesive group. This year marks the beginning of a great tradition that will continue to benefit this band for years to come,” said Jake Masters a GSC senior music education (PreK-adult) major from Prichard (Wayne County), West Virginia.

The Gilmer Free Press
GSC Marching Band Field Commander Courtney Cole (foreground left) and
recent GSC grad Thomas Jude (foreground right) instruct the ‘Wall of Sound’
Marching Band during their first summer camp.


Recent Glenville State College graduate Thomas Jude from Delbarton (Mingo County), West Virginia and band field commander and junior music education major Courtney Cole from Lizemores (Clay County), West Virginia conducted the camp alongside GSC Marching Band Director Lloyd Bone. In addition to this being the first time the band has met before the semester began, the camp also took place in a non-traditional location.

Since GSC’s Morris Stadium was already in use by the practicing Pioneer Football team, the band reached out to the community for a rehearsal venue. The Glenville Presbyterian Church offered the use of the field adjacent to the church for the band to use. Churchgoers also provided meals to the hungry band members during their practice sessions.

“We could not have held this camp without the Glenville Presbyterian Church’s assistance. They’ve been incredibly helpful, providing us with both a location and meals,” said Bone who also serves as the college’s Fine Arts Department Chair. “I’m also thankful to the GSC Student Life office for allowing our freshmen band members to move in to Goodwin Hall early to facilitate this camp.”

The ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band is comprised of about 60 students and performs a halftime show at Morris Stadium during every home football contest. They will entertain football fans on Thursday, September 19th when the Pioneers take on the Fairmont State Falcons during the first home game of the 2013 season. The band was also invited to be the Featured Exhibition Band at the Fairmont Band Spectacular on Saturday, September 14th and at the Liberty Band Spectacular on Monday, September 16th.

For more information about the GSC Marching Band, contact Bone at or 304.462.6340.


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GCHS Band Boosters Longaberger Basket, Coach Purse and Case Knife Bingo - 08.25.13 - This Sunday

The Gilmer Free Press
The GCHS Band Boosters will be holding a Longaberger Basket, Coach Purse and Case Knife

Basket Bingo on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at the Gilmer County Senior Center

The doors open at 12:30 PM and the games will start at 1:30 PM\

There will be a 50/50 Raffles and Concessions

All money raised will go toward the band trip that we will be taking to Williamsburg VA in 2014

GCHS Band Boosters Longaberger Basket, Coach Purse and Case Knife Bingo - 08.25.13 - Sunday

The Gilmer Free Press
The GCHS Band Boosters will be holding a Longaberger Basket, Coach Purse and Case Knife

Basket Bingo on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at the Gilmer County Senior Center

The doors open at 12:30 PM and the games will start at 1:30 PM\

There will be a 50/50 Raffles and Concessions

All money raised will go toward the band trip that we will be taking to Williamsburg VA in 2014

Big Band Back to School Bash - August 17, 2013 - This Saturday

The Gilmer Free Press

Big Band Back to School Bash Saturday, August 17, 2013 5:00-7:00 PM featuring a performance by the Glenville State College Marching Band!

Glenville Presbyterian Church invites you to a back-to-school celebration with FREE food, Clown Moon Bounce and games!

*Grand Finale performance by the GSC Band*  located on the church lawn, #1172 WV Hwy 5 West, about 1 mile from the stop light in Glenville.

Questions:   304.462.7239

GCHS Band Boosters Longaberger Basket, Coach Purse and Case Knife Bingo - August 25, 2013

The Gilmer Free Press
The GCHS Band Boosters will be holding a Longaberger Basket, Coach Purse and Case Knife

Basket Bingo on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at the Gilmer County Senior Center

The doors open at 12:30 PM and the games will start at 1:30 PM\

There will be a 50/50 Raffles and Concessions

All money raised will go toward the band trip that we will be taking to Williamsburg VA in 2014

Big Band Back to School Bash - August 17, 2013 - Saturday

The Gilmer Free Press

Big Band Back to School Bash Saturday, August 17, 2013 5:00-7:00 PM featuring a performance by the Glenville State College Marching Band!

Glenville Presbyterian Church invites you to a back-to-school celebration with FREE food, Clown Moon Bounce and games!

*Grand Finale performance by the GSC Band*  located on the church lawn, #1172 WV Hwy 5 West, about 1 mile from the stop light in Glenville.

Questions:   304.462.7239

Big Band Back to School Bash - 08.17.13

The Gilmer Free Press

Big Band Back to School Bash Saturday, August 17, 2013 5:00-7:00 PM featuring a performance by the Glenville State College Marching Band!

Glenville Presbyterian Church invites you to a back-to-school celebration with FREE food, Clown Moon Bounce and games!

*Grand Finale performance by the GSC Band*  located on the church lawn, #1172 WV Hwy 5 West, about 1 mile from the stop light in Glenville.

Questions:   304.462.7239

GCHS Band Boosters Longaberger Basket, Coach Purse and Case Knife Bingo - 08.25.13

The Gilmer Free Press
The GCHS Band Boosters will be holding a Longaberger Basket, Coach Purse and Case Knife

Basket Bingo on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at the Gilmer County Senior Center

The doors open at 12:30 PM and the games will start at 1:30 PM\

There will be a 50/50 Raffles and Concessions

All money raised will go toward the band trip that we will be taking to Williamsburg VA in 2014

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