High school marching bands assemble for 3rd Annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational

On Saturday, Oct. 25, Greenbrier East High School will join high school marching bands from across the state in Charleston for the 3rd annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational. Greenbrier East High School is scheduled to compete at 8:30 p.m.

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 at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field and will continue throughout the day.

The West Virginia University 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.

For more information about the West Virginia Marching Band Invitational, call Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner of the WVDCH, at 304-558-0220.


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