Spartan Band competition season announced for 2014

The Spartan Marching Band of Greenbrier East High School has announced the competition season for the 2014 fall season, presenting a marching field production of “Pink Floyd: The Wall.”

Greenbrier-East-SpartansThe Spartans will open the season, marching in the Marshall University “Band Day” on Sept. 6 in Joan C. Edwards Stadium on the University campus in Huntington.

Hosting the annual Greenbrier Valley Shrine Marching Band Classic on Sept. 27 with the Greenbrier Valley Shrine Club, the Spartan band will march in the parade through downtown Lewisburg as well as perform for judges’ comments in the field competition that evening in Spartan Stadium on the Greenbrier East Campus in Fairlea.

They will also march in the Frankford Autumnfest parade that morning.

Oct. 4 will see the Spartans marching in the Mountain State Forest Festival parade in Elkins during the afternoon and that evening competing in the Tournament of Bands Forest Festival field competition at Elkins High School’s stadium.

A double performance is scheduled for Oct. 18 when the Spartans compete in the St. Albans High School “Cavalcade of Bands” at West Virginia State University’s field in Institute and then in the Tournament of Bands Chapter Championships in Hurricane at Hurricane High School.

The West Virginia Invitational Marching Band Championships competition at the University of Charleston’s Laidley Field will see the Spartans marching on Oct. 25. In addition, James Allder, instructor of instrumental music at GEHS, is looking at possible competitions Sept. 13 and competing in the Atlantic Coast Championships of the Tournament of Bands in Hershey, PA, Nov. 1-2.

The 2014 field show by the Spartan Band is dedicated to the memory of the late Michael Osborne who was the assistant band director at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School, announcer for the past two years for the Spartan Band, a former Spartan bandsman and Spartan Band Camp staff member.

In addition, the Spartan band will be performing at all home Greenbrier East football games, the away game at James Monroe High School in Lindside and possible other select away football games. The first home field performance in Spartan Stadium will be Sept. 5 at pre-game and halftime of the Woodrow Wilson – Greenbrier East football game.

Funding for the competition season for the Spartan Band comes through the concession stands at Spartan Stadium which are operated by the all-volunteer Greenbrier East Music Boosters at home football and soccer matches as well as Eastern Greenbrier Middle School games and other events held at Spartan Stadium and other fundraising activities.