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Marching Bands Excel

By Staff | Oct 16, 2016

TCHS Field Commander Jennifer Lynch

SISTERSVILLE — Area marching bands competed with success in different venues across the state.

Tyler Consolidated’s Marching Band achieved top honors Saturday at the Black Walnut Festival in Spencer.

Silver Knights’ Jennifer Lynch scored second place as field commander. Her powerful voice and command presence are comparable to a Roman Centurion leading troops into battle.

Overall, the TCHS band captured first place in the field competition and first place percussion. Congrats.

And all this after playing Friday night at the Silver Knights’ football game in South Harrison and marching Saturday morning through downtown Sistersville for the crowd gathered to see the Tyler County High School Alumni Parade. That back-to-back line-up takes discipline, motivation and strong resolve to pull off. Labor Omnia Vincit — Hard work conquers all.

Silver Knights appear poised, relaxed -- chilling.

Salute to TCHS Band Director Matt Jennings and the Silver Knights.

The Wildcats traveled Saturday to Charleston to win several trophies as well: third place band, second place field competition, third place in music and best overall color guard. Love the flags. Ad Victoriam!

Friday night, the PCHS band marched onto Berger Field in two single columns to line up in a “V” formation for a cheering Homecoming crowd. The “V” formation is a common but highly effective synchronized marching order used by troops from antiquity to today’s fighting forces. Not easy pull off, especially when splitting into new formations.

During the Homecoming game, the Wildcats were joined by a few alumni musicians who showed the kids a thing or two about the classics. Strange that the group Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4” is now considered classic rock, but…there was a day when this song was in regular rotation on top 40 pop stations. Eh, the good old days before music turned into

Salute to PCHS Band Director Debra Price and the Wildcats — Biggest Little Band in the Land!

Trophy time

For more about the Silver Knights and Wildcats, check out the next edition of the Tyler Star News.