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Tyler Knights Band Marches in Parade

By Staff | Nov 22, 2017

Pictured are the new uniforms TCHS Band would like to purchase.

The Tyler Consolidated High School Silver Knight Marching Band participated in the Perkins Restaurant & Bakery Fantasy in Lights Parade in Wheeling this past Friday evening, November 17th.

The band played, “Let It Snow!” as they marched down the parade route. In addition, several members of the TCMS and TCHS Bands performed at Middlebourne United Methodist Church last Sunday, November 19th. The students accompanied church organist and Knights Band director, Matt Jennings for the congregational hymns, “Come, Yet Thankful People, Come,” “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow,” “For the Beauty of the Earth,” and “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.” They also performed “Ode to Joy” for the postlude.

Upcoming performances for the Knights Band include: the Sistersville Christmas Parade (November 30th), the Middlebourne Christmas parade (December 1st),

TCMS Christmas Concert (December 14th, 7:30), TCHS Christmas Concert (December 18th, 7:30), Solo and Ensemble at West Liberty University (January 27th). The band will also be traveling to Morgantown this coming Monday, November 27th to watch the WVU Marching Band’s “Keynotes” Concert. “The Pride of West Virginia” has three members on its roster who are graduates of Tyler Consolidated: Ross Gorby, Daniel Grimm, Julian Work.

Lastly, the Knights Band Patrons and director would like to inform the community that they intend to purchase new uniforms. The band is growing and in a couple of years, they are anticipating having more members than they do uniforms. The TCHS Band will unveil their new look at the beginning of the 2019 fall season. Although that date seems to be in the distant future, the great expense of these high-quality uniforms will require lots of fundraising. Each uniform will include: bibbers (pants), jacket, hat, plume, and gauntlets at a price of $575. The Knights Band patrons intend to order 70 uniforms. With the support of the surrounding community, the TCHS Band hopes that production of the new uniforms will begin approximately one year from now.

Students are -left to right- Row 1 – Jeremiah Boley, Shauna Riggs, Mason Nichols, Makenzie Kimble, Sally Conklin (Knights Band assistant director), Austin VanCamp, Makenzie Hakes, Matt Jennings (Knights Band director), Row 2: Matthew Riddle, Maggie Fisher (Knights Band staff), Peyton Hayes, Jason Stanaland, Ayden Hoover, and Ted Stackpole)

The public will be made aware of specific uniform fundraisers soon. In the meantime, those wishing to contribute to the uniform fund may do so by sending private donations to: Tyler Consolidated High School, 1993 Silver Knight Drive, Sistersville, WV 26175, Attention: Matt Jennings.

Director Matt Jennings wishes to thank TCHS English teacher and Knights Band staff member Maggie Fisher for creating a promotional flier for the new uniform.

He also greatly appreciates the help of company who will manufacture the uniform, DeMoulin and their West Virginia representative Elaine Kerr of Kerr’s Music World in Charleston for their assistance with the design and for providing the Knights Band with a uniform sample.

TCHS Band recently marched in Wheeling's Christmas parade.