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The Tradition of Excellence Continues

By Staff | Nov 14, 2018

Photo by Magitha K. The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights Band poses with their trophies earned this year.

The Tyler Consolidated High School Silver Knights Marching Band recently concluded another highly-successful marching season. Numerous awards and trophies earned by the band this season are a testimony to the commitment to excellence by the members, the director, and the band staff. The band members take pride in their dedication, outstanding work ethic, and attention to detail. These characteristics have allowed the band to continue to be recognized as one of the strongest programs in the state, throughout the history of the school.

At the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins on Oct. 6, the band earned first place field show, and first place parade in Group II. On Oct. 13, the Knights traveled to the West Virginia Black Walnut Festival in Spencer.

Here, in Class B they captured first place field show, first place drumline, second place field commander.

They also won Grand Champion for Division II and finished in third place overall.

The TCHS Band continued its winning ways at the Patriot Band Invitational at Parkersburg South High School on Oct. 20. In Class A, the band earned first place field show, second place field commander and second place drumline.

The Knights Band wrapped up their award-winning season on Oct. 27 the West Virginia Marching Band Invitational in Charleston. The band finished third place in their class at this contest, received Outstanding General Effect for the Blue Division as well as Outstanding Marching and Maneuvering for their division. Out of 36 band, TCHS finished third place overall in this category.

Although the marching season has concluded, rehearsals and hard work continues as the band begins to prepare for Christmas Concerts and Solo and Ensemble. The TCMS Band will host their Christmas Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 11 while the TCHS Band will perform their concert on Thursday, Dec. 13. Both concerts will begin at 7 p.m.

In addition, 55 students in grades 6-12 have begun to prepare numerous selections for soloists and those in ensembles. This event will take place on February 2, 2019 at West Liberty University. In addition, Knights Band Director Matt Jennings and the TCMS 7/8 Grade Band have been very busy this semester preparing three selections that will be recorded in January and submitted for consideration as the middle school state honor band.

The Knights Band staff includes: Sally Conklin (assistant director), Brian Bailey (percussion), Maggie Fisher (media), and Martin Parrish (transportation).