Marching Band Invitational winners named

CHARLESTON – Twenty-three high school bands from 17 counties showcased their talents Oct. 19 in the second annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational.

The event was held at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field.

The West Virginia State University Marching Swarm also performed.

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

Participating bands were Bluefield High School, Mercer County; Cabell Midland High School, Cabell County; Capital High School, Kanawha County; Doddridge County High School; Harman School, Randolph County; Independence High School, Raleigh County; Nicholas County High School; Nitro High School, Kanawha County; Parkersburg South High School, Wood County; Philip Barbour High School, Barbour County; Richwood High School, Nicholas County; Ritchie County High School; River View High School, McDowell County; Roane County High School; Scott High School, Boone County; Sherman High School, Boone County; Sissonville High School, Kanawha County; St. Albans High School, Kanawha County; St. Marys High School, Pleasants County; Tolsia High School, Wayne County; Wahama Junior/Senior High School, Mason County; Wayne High School, Wayne County; and Winfield High School, Putnam County.

Local bands which placed in the competition were:

* Division 1, Second Runner-Up: Parkersburg South High School.

* Division 2, Second Runner-Up: Ritchie County High School.

* Division A Band Awards: 1st Place, St. Marys High School.

* Division 1 AA Band Awards: 2nd Place, Ritchie County High School.

* Division AAAA Band Awards: 3rd Place, Parkersburg South High School.

* Division A Percussion Awards: 1st Place, Doddridge County High School; 3rd Place, St. Marys High School.

* Division 1 AA Percussion Awards: 3rd Place, Ritchie County High School.

* Division AAAA Percussion Awards: 3rd Place, Parkersburg High School.

* Division A Drum Major Awards: 1st Place, St. Marys High School.

* Division 1 AA Drum Major Awards: 3rd Place, Ritchie County High School.

* Division AAAA Drum Major Awards: 2nd Place, Parkersburg High School.

* Division A Color Guard Awards: 2nd Place, Doddridge County High School.

* Division 1 AA Color Guard Awards: 3rd Place, Ritchie County High School.

* Division 2 AA Color Guard Awards: 2nd Place, Roane County High School.

* Division AAAA Color Guard Awards: 2nd Place, Parkersburg South High School.

* Division AAAA Soloist Award:1st Place, Parkersburg South High School (Trombone).

The West Virginia Marching Band Invitational was 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.