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Bands Give Superior Performances

By Staff | May 3, 2017

Photo Provided Band Director Matt Jennings directs the band students at a recent festival.

On April 25th and 26th, the Tyler Consolidated bands participated in the 75th Annual Region I Band Festival sponsored by the West Virginia Bandmasters Association and the Secondary Schools Activities Commission. This event was held at John Marshall High School and featured middle and high school bands from Tyler, Wetzel, Marshall, Ohio, Brooke and Hancock Counties. Each band performed two selections for adjudication. On April 25th, the TCHS band performed “Pulsation” (Richard L. Saucedo) and “Night Cries” (Elliot del Borgo). The following day, the TCMS bands traveled to JMHS for this state event. The 6th grade band performed “The Soaring Spirit (Rob Grice) and “Alpha Squadron” (Greg Hillis) while the 7th and 8th grade band performed “Beyond the Stars” (Ed Huckeby) and Celtic Air and Dance (Michael Sweeney). The TCMS 6th grade band was the only 6th grade band in that region who participated in this event.

Each band was assessed in the areas of tone quality, intonation, interpretation, rhythmic accuracy, technique, and balance. Other factors considered are choice of appropriate literature and stage appearance (posture, dress, discipline, etc.). The bands were then given an overall score which reflected the quality of their performance.

The ratings are as follows: I = superior, II excellent, III good, IV fair, V poor.

All three Tyler Consolidated bands received a rating of “I” or “superior” from each of the three judges. This was the 24th consecutive year (each year of the school’s existence) that the Tyler Consolidated High School band received a superior rating at band festival. Adjudicator’s for the festival were Mrs. Cindy Smith, a retired middle school band director from Wood County; Mr. John Lynch, a retired music educator who previously served as the band director at Martinsburg High School and Sistersville High School; and Mr. Christopher Nichter, assistant director of bands at West Virginia University.

These award-winning bands will perform their spring concerts in the auditorium at Tyler Consolidated next week. The week of performances will begin with the Knights Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble on Sunday, May 7th at 4:00. The middle school band concert will be held on Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00 while the high school band concert is scheduled for Friday, May 12th, also at 7:00.

Members of the TCMS 6th grade band are as follows:

Kashia Brown, Abigail Ebert, Analeigh Hakes, Trinity Kanz, and Raylynn Roberts (Flute); Leah Loudin, Harley Morrison, Autumn Shepherd and Shelby Thomas (Clarinet); Carlee Dye, Kellen Franks, Gwen Jacenkiw, Madison Lovejoy, Chase Thomas, and Mallory Westbrook (Alto Saxophone); Emily Gorby, Grace Howell, Havannah Lemasters, Russell Lewis, Landon Miller, Mason Nichols, Brody Seckman, and Kaci Shanabarger (Trumpet); Peyton Hayes, Abbigail Kimble, Austin VanCamp (Trombone); Jesse Griffith (Tuba); Wesley Drake and Garrett Freeland (Percussion).

Members of the TCMS 7th and 8th grade band are as follows:

Madeline Cecil, Audrey Dennis, Madeline Tarnecki, Victoria Yost (Flute); Dorian Eller, Jocelyn Foltz, Kate Gorrell, Lexi Huffman, Abigail Ice, Madeline Ice, Dakota Jones, Sadie Nichols, Lauren Templeton (Clarinet); Riley Leek, Mackenzie Perine, Ezra Reed, Hunter Stoller, James Streets, Briann Templeton (Alto Saxophone); Dylan Barnhart, Jeremiah Boley, Spencer Corley, Chad Harrison, Jarrett Ice, Alissa Miller, Seth Moore, Romana Rice, Shauna Riggs, Hannah Shreves, Lexi Southerly (Trumpet); Makenzie Hakes (French Horn); Garrett Ammons, Hadyn Brown, Ayden Hoover, Isaac Rush, Jason Stanaland (Trombone); Jackson Kibbey (Euphonium); Matthew Riddle (Tuba); Isaac Melvin, Zoe Silva, Logan Smith (Percussion)

Members of the TCHS Band are:

Abigail Ebert, Shianne Ferrell, Annabelle Highley, and Emily Jackson (Flute); Hannah Ankrom, Savannah Ferrell, Jenny Lynch, Brianna Wade (Clarinet); Samantha Barnhart, Mackenzie Drake, Logan Wade (Alto Saxophone); Anna Griffith (Tenor Saxophone); Tessa Boyd, Luke Daugherty, Ellie Howell, Ted Stackpole (Trombone); Matthew Riddle (Euphonium); Justin Phillips (Tuba); Cheyenne Ferrell, Katlyn Henthorn, George Kester, Emily Lancaster, Shawn Jones, Zack Jones, Brooke Mercer, Kimmy Owens, and Rachel Thomas (Percussion)