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‘Star Wars’ Composer John Williams Would Be Proud of Bands

By Staff | Oct 26, 2016

Photos by Barbara Lynch TCHS Band superstars Hannah Ankrom, Jenny Lynch, Justin Phillips, Ellie Howell, Ross Gordy and Zach Jones take a moment to strike a pose with these trophies that will be added to that giant cabinet by the band room. Bittersweet, Saturday’s competition was the last one for seniors this year.

SISTERSVILLE – The judges liked what they saw Saturday because the Silver Knights’ and Wildcats’ marching bands added a few more trophies to their collection.

Multiple top note bands competed in Point Pleasant, but only the Silver Knights won first place in that class; first place percussion; second place field commander (Jenny Lynch).

“What truly makes a trophy special is that it is a symbol for all the hard work and time we have spend practicing,” Lynch said. “I am extremely pleased with the band’s performance and how successful we have become throughout the year.”

Overall, TCHS received the highest score day from the music judge and captured third place honors behind Spring Valley and Princeton.

As Silver Knights’ Band Director Matt Jennings attended a tribute concert to composer John Williams on Thursday, to borrow a phrase, the Force is strong with the Silver Knights.

“It was really exciting to beat those two bands in that category; their bands are about three times our size and are AAA schools,” Jennings said. “We also beat Nicholas County this time, who beat us the last two competitions. It has been a lot of fun and very rewarding to see the growth of this young band since we began in early July. They have come such a long way.”

After the PCHS’ band competed in Winfield, the Wildcats took home first in music, second in percussion, guard, marching and field commander (Levi Goddard) with Issac Price being the best overall soloist.

The Wildcats “left everything on the field” love this quote by Goddard.

“I think trophies aren’t necessarily special in the sense of just being a piece of metal and plastic, but they symbolize the hard work and dedication of what it takes to be in a marching band,” Goddard said. “They make you feel good because you’re winning something, but there is a deeper meaning. I am very pleased with the band’s performance. We left everything on the field. I believe that we did our best and I couldn’t have asked for a better performance. It has been a very successful season and I’m glad we ended it the way that we did.”

Since it was Jennings’ first year as band director, he gets the last word.

“I have a wonderful band staff and terrific band boosters who have helped to make the job much easier and more enjoyable,” he said. “It is kind of sad to see the competition season come to an end, but it helps knowing that the band members gave it all they had and that their hard work and dedication paid off. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with this group and I am already looking forward to getting next year’s band started.”