Fort Frye Invitational held

The sounds of music filled the air around Beverly on September 23 as the Fort Frye Invitational stepped off. After an absence of several years, the Fort Frye High School Band and Fort Frye Band Boosters once again hosted a marching band competition.

The Fort Frye Invitational was part of the MidStates Band Association competition schedule. This competition offered bands a different ‘take’ on the usual marching band competition. Critiques were given to each band by the judges and there was a one-on-one opportunity to talk with the judges about their comments and scores. The judges for MSBA are trained extensively by the same school that trains the nationally renowned judges for the Bands of America competitions. Another ‘perk’ for bands — bands are classified by the number of band members versus the school size, giving a 36 member band the opportunity to compete against other bands of their size as opposed to competing in the same class with a 100 piece band simply because the schools are the same size. All bands receive automatic qualification for the championships held in Cincinnati.

Participating in Class A were Sissonville High School and Paden City High School. Sissonville’s show, “Mechanical Resonance,” earned the group Best Auxiliary and second place in Class A. They are under the direction of Corey Green and Daniel Holderby. Performing “Songs of the People”, Paden City earned Best Music, Best Visual, Best General Effect, and Best Percussion in Class A as well as first place in class. Paden City’s band is directed by Debra Price and assisted by Brian Price and Kayla Leek.

Bands in Class AA were Gallia Academy, Crestwood High School’s ‘The Scarlet Guard,’ and the Belpre Golden Eagle band. Class AA awards for Best Music, Best Visual, Best General Effect, and Best Percussion were presented to Crestwood for their show “For the City That I Love”. Gallia Academy performed their show “Trapped”, earning Best Auxiliary honors. Belpre’s show “A Tribute to Journey” earned them third place in the competition, while Gallia Academy took second place and Crestwood came in first in class.

Grand Champion, regardless of class, of the Fort Frye Invitational was Crestwood High School. The “Fan Favorite” award was won by Gallia Academy.

The Fort Frye Marching Cadets, as the host band, performed in exhibition only. Under the direction of Jonathan Lucy, Bandon Arehart, and Spencer Van Doren the group presented its 2017 show “Shattered Earth”.

Local businesses, families, and school groups once again stepped up to sponsor trophies and ads. This year’s trophy sponsors included Fort Frye Band Boosters, Dough Boyz Pizzeria, Fort Frye Teacher’s Association, Rock Box, Hickory Grove, McDonald’s, Bill and Cheryl Hohman, Fort Frye Art Department, Charlotte Kitts, Fort Frye Local Administration, Dr. Stephanie Starcher, Daniel and Louise Pennock, Dr. Phil and Jennifer Lowe, Fort Frye High School Band Alumni 1972, and “The Super Six.” Other sponsors and advertisers included Tom Nguyen, Fort Frye Athletics, Fort Frye High School Staff, Fort Frye Administration, Marching Cadet Parents, KBI Real Estate, The Rock Box, Sponey’s IGA, Sherlock Oil, Witten’s, Hickory Grove, Beverly Lions Club, Wings Etc., Christopher Associates, McDonald’s Bosner Plumbing, Electric and Refrigeration LLC, First Impressions Salon, TQI, Muskingum Valley Beverly-Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Heiss Plumbing and Electric, Newton Insurance Agency, Heritage Realty Solution, Schilling Truss, and Settlers Bank.