The performance and competition schedule for the Spartan 2016 Marching Band Season has been announced by James Allder, director of instrumental music at Greenbrier East High School.
Having already performed at James Monroe and Woodrow Wilson versus Greenbrier East football games, the Spartan Band will perform Friday, Sept. 9, in Spartan Stadium for the pre-game and halftime of the Greenbrier East-Preston County football game.
On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Spartan Band will begin its competition season at Martinsburg High School Colburn Field for the Martinsburg Band Spectacular which is scheduled to step off at 5 p.m. This competition features some of the best bands from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
A trip to Mitchell Stadium in Bluefield is set for Friday, Sept. 23 as Greenbrier East’s Spartan Football renews the rivalry with Bluefield High School and the Spartan Band will perform at halftime.
The next day the Spartan Band will participate in the Frankford Autumnfest parade that morning and then in the Greenbrier Valley Shrine Club Shriners’ parade late that afternoon.
On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Spartan band will be a first-time competition participate in the Princeton High School’s “Southern Thunder 8.” H.P. Hunnicutt Stadium will be the setting for this eighth annual competition.
The next week, various Greenbrier East performing instrumental and choral music groups, including the Spartan Marching Band, will be performing during the annual “Taste of Our Towns” festival to benefit Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg.
After performing at pre-game and halftime of the Greenbrier East-Logan football game in Spartan Stadium in Fairlea on Oct. 14, the Spartan Band will travel Oct. 15 to Sissonville to participate in the “Cavalcade of Bands” competition at Sissonville High School that afternoon and that evening in the West Virginia Marching Band Festival at the University of Charleston (Laidley Field) Stadium in Charleston to conclude the competition season. This festival is sponsored by the WV Department of Culture and History.
The Spartan Marching Band will conclude the performance season with pre-game and halftime performances for the Greenbrier East Homecoming parade and Parkersburg South football game on Oct. 21; a trip to Princeton for a halftime performance at the Greenbrier East-Princeton football game in H.P. Hunnicutt Stadium; and in the senior night pre-game and halftime performances Nov. 4 when Greenbrier East hosts Spring Valley High School of Wayne County.
Funding for the instrumental music program at Greenbrier East is provided in part by the Greenbrier County Board of Education and by the Greenbrier East Music Boosters who operate the home and away side concession stands at all home Spartan varsity and junior varsity football games, boys and girls soccer games and Eastern Greenbrier Middle School football games as well as other activities in Spartan Stadium.