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Alumni wanted for benefit concert

By Staff | Jan 28, 2015

In the fall of 1993, Tyler County High School and Sistersville High School were joined together to form Tyler Consolidated High School.

This meant new school colors and a new mascot; so, money had to be raised to purchase new uniforms for athletics, cheerleaders, and band.

With practices starting in January, 86 alumni came together and formed an alumni band. Practices were held once a week on Sunday afternoons until the concert was held in March. A total of 10 selections were included in the program. The selections were chosen by the four guest conductors: Duane Dober, Roger Kimble, the late Ed Hood, and the late Tommy Walters. Overall, it was a lot of hard work and fun all rolled into one.

Since SHS and TCHS consolidated, Wayne Smith has made the county proud each year by bringing at least one marching competition championship trophy to the county. No matter the size or experience of the band, he somehow accomplishes and forms a winning band.

It takes a lot of support and money to keep the Silver Knight Marching Band at the level that Smith expects. Once again the band is seeking to raise money to purchase new uniforms. So, starting at a date yet to be determined, we are once again looking to form an alumni band to perform on March 28, 2015. This date was moved back from an original Feb. 21 date because of snow days and scheduling issues. The concert will include a dinner and concert with guest conductors.

Organizers ask the public to “search deep in your hearts and minds about being part of this wondrous event.” For more information contact Martin Parrish at 304-652-4369 or Maggie Weekley Fisher at knightsalumniband@ymail.com.

If weather permits, the first practice will be held Feb. 8, 2 p.m., at Tyler Consolidated High School in the band room.