2019 W.Va. State Marching Band Invitational Championship Winners
CHARLESTON, W.Va. Forty-two bands from around the state, including 36 competing bands and six exhibition bands, showcased their talents in the eighth annual West Virginia State Marching Band Invitational Championship at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Cabell Midland High School won the Overall “Honor Band” Award and Old Gold Division Grand Champion, and Wayne High School won the Blue Division Grand Champion award. Bands were judged on general effect, marching and maneuvering, music, music effect, percussion, drum major, color guard, majorettes and feature twirler.
This year’s event also included a drumline competition, with Cabell Midland High School winning first prize. The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) also inducted five current and former band directors into the State Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame. One honoree was local Debra Price, director of the Paden City High School marching band.
Paden City High School was among the winners of the State Marching Band Invitational Championship. They were awarded in the following categories:
Blue Division 1st Runner-Up, 1st place Class D Band Awards, and Class D Best Overall in percussion, color guard, drum major, and soloist (trumpet).