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Battles of the Bands

By Staff | Oct 11, 2017
The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights Marching Band performs at the Mountain State Forest Festival.
The Biggest Little Band in the Land” performed at the annual Viking Fest Competition.

The Tyler Consolidated High School Silver Knight Marching Band traveled to Elkins this past Saturday, (October 7th) and had great success at the 81st Annual Mountain State Forest Festival. In the parade competition, the Knights Band placed first in their class, and 5th overall (out of 18 bands). Only 2.9 points separated the TCHS Band and the grand champion of the parade, Parkersburg High School. In the field show competition, the Knights also placed 1st in their class and finished 4th overall. In addition, the highlight of the day was that they placed 4th overall in the combined parade and field show competition. Tyler Consolidated missed being the second runner-up grand champion of the competition as they finished only nine-tenths of a point behind 3rd place Philip Barbour High School.

The Knights Band proved that bigger is not always better, as they outscored some much larger schools with bands twice their size (or more) in either the parade, field show, or overall. These bands include: Parkersburg High School (field show and overall), Buckhannon-Upshur High School (field show and overall), Fairmont Senior High School (parade and overall) Philip Barbour High School (parade), Bridgeport High School (parade – did not attend field show competition), Elkins High School (overall), Robert C. Byrd High School (parade – did not attend field show competition), Preston County High School (overall), and Brooke High School (overall).

The Knights Band is open this weekend, but will travel to Charleston on October 21st to compete in the West Virginia Marching Band Invitational and will also participate in the Point Pleasant Battle of the Bands competition on October 28th.

The Paden City High School Marching Band enjoyed another successful marching band competition. On Saturday, October 7, “The Biggest Little Band in the Land” captured 1st place in Class C at the Ripley Viking Fest Competition in Ripley, WV. Facing competition from 7 other bands the Wildcats were excited to capture another 1st place victory during this year’s competition season. Isaac Price also captured best soloist for Division 2 which included 14 bands from classes C & B. The band will conclude its competition season at the West Virginia Marching Band Invitational on October 21st in Charleston. We are also excited to announce the return of the Band Community Calendar for 2018.

The funds raised from the calendar will assist the band with their upcoming performance trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL. For more information go to pchsbandpatrons.wix.com/fundraisers.