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TCH Band Wows Crowd at Season Opener

By Staff | Aug 31, 2016

Photos by Shari Smith The Silver Knights’ Marching Band performs at halftime for school’s football season opener on Friday. TCHS Band Director Matt Jennings said he is pleased with the band’s first show and believes Field Commander Jenny Lynch will do a great job. Lynch is leading the band atop that silver stair-case riser left of center in the photo.

MIDDLEBOURNE – A large crowd cheered as the Silver Knights’ Marching Band advanced onto the field Friday evening for its first performance at a TCHS football game this season.

The award winning band played some familiar numbers and crowd favorites.

Every now and again, someone in the crowd might perk up and notice a hit such as “Paint it Black” a Rolling Stones’ song that resonates with a school whose colors are silver and black. Other songs spurred the crowd as the Silver Knights’ football team played Williamstown that can be seen at the Tyler Star News’ Facebook site.

“I was pretty pleased with their first show,” said Matt Jennings, TCHS Band Director. “They were a little nervous, which is good in a way because it shows how much they care.”

Jennings spoke with pride about this fresh group of marching musicians.

This Silver Knights’ trio uses their mallets to pound out the notes on these xylophones.

“It is a very young group and each kid has given it their best,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of students to start this job with. They work hard every day and are a joy to teach. I have 29 kids, including the field commander – and for 16 of them, it is their first year in marching band.”

The Silver Knights’ new Field Commander is Jenny Lynch, who looked impressive as she led the troops, so much so that a 10-year-old girl sitting in the stands took notice and said to her parents, “I want to join the band!”

Lynch, a senior, was pleased about Friday’s production.

“I believe that the marching band did rather well Friday night,” she said. “The performance was the best we have done thus far with both playing and marching. It is quite exciting to be the field commander for this band, especially with my fellow classmates that work hard to get the job done.”

Jennings, one of Tyler Schools best teachers, is optimistic about the band’s future.

“I think great things are in store for the Tyler band in the coming years,” he said.