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Knights Band Makes History

By Staff | Feb 26, 2020

Pictured is the Tyler Consolidated High School Band, who will be performing at the West Virginia Music Educator’s State Conference in March. From left to right is (first row): Nachelle Probst and Kaci Shanabarger; (second row): Jeremiah Boley, Shauna Riggs, Brody Seckman, Jarrett Ice, Emily Gorby, Austin VanCamp, Analeigh Hakes, and Makenzie Hakes; (third row): Abbi Kimble, Peyton Hayes, Jesse Griffith, Jason Stanaland, Ayden Hoover, Kellen Franks, Matthew Riddle, and Jackson Kibbey.

The Tyler Consolidated High School Band will be well-represented at the West Virginia Music Educator’s State Conference in March. In addition to having six members selected for the West Virginia All-State Band and one for the All-State Orchestra (the second-highest number in school history), 21 students have been selected as state honor’s finalists for Solo and Ensemble. Until this year, only two other students in the program’s history had been selected for this prestigious honor. Three soloists and a large brass choir achieved this distinction through a lengthy process.

After several months of preparation, these students performed their adjudicated pieces at the Region I West Liberty University Solo and Ensemble Festival on February 1. After receiving a “superior” rating, recordings of these students were then submitted to a panel of judges for further adjudication. They were then compared to other recordings submitted from around the state. After two rounds of further scrutiny, 26 total entries were selected as state honors finalists. These state-wide submissions not only included instrumental selections, but also vocal, strings, piano, and guitar performances. Four selections as state honors finalists is the highest of any band program in the state this year.

These students will perform at the WVMEA State Conference on Friday, March 6 in the Little Theatre at the Charleston Civic Center. The recital will begin at 6:00.

Knights Band members who were selected as finalists were (the title of the piece is in parenthesis): George Kester, marimba (Rain Dance by Alice Gomez); Matthew Riddle, tuba (Morceau Vivant by Marcel Marteau); Harley Yeater, tuba (40 Fathoms, Harold Walt.ers) and The TCHS Brass Choir (Intrada No. 7 by Melchior Franck).

Members of this ensemble include: Nachelle Probst, Jeremiah Boley, Shana Riggs, Jarrett Ice, Emily Gorby, Brody Seckman, and Kaci Shanabarger (trumpet); Makenzie Hakes, Analeigh Hakes, and Austin VanCamp (French Horn); Jason Stanaland, Ayden Hoover, Jesse Griffith, Peyton Hayes, and Abbi Kimble (Trombone); Jackson Kibbey (Euphonium); Matthew Riddle and Kellen Franks (Tuba).

Knights Band Makes History

By Staff | Feb 26, 2020

Pictured is the Tyler Consolidated High School Band, who will be performing at the West Virginia Music Educator’s State Conference in March. From left to right is (first row): Nachelle Probst and Kaci Shanabarger; (second row): Jeremiah Boley, Shauna Riggs, Brody Seckman, Jarrett Ice, Emily Gorby, Austin VanCamp, Analeigh Hakes, and Makenzie Hakes; (third row): Abbi Kimble, Peyton Hayes, Jesse Griffith, Jason Stanaland, Ayden Hoover, Kellen Franks, Matthew Riddle, and Jackson Kibbey.

The Tyler Consolidated High School Band will be well-represented at the West Virginia Music Educator’s State Conference in March. In addition to having six members selected for the West Virginia All-State Band and one for the All-State Orchestra (the second-highest number in school history), 21 students have been selected as state honor’s finalists for Solo and Ensemble. Until this year, only two other students in the program’s history had been selected for this prestigious honor. Three soloists and a large brass choir achieved this distinction through a lengthy process.

After several months of preparation, these students performed their adjudicated pieces at the Region I West Liberty University Solo and Ensemble Festival on February 1. After receiving a “superior” rating, recordings of these students were then submitted to a panel of judges for further adjudication. They were then compared to other recordings submitted from around the state. After two rounds of further scrutiny, 26 total entries were selected as state honors finalists. These state-wide submissions not only included instrumental selections, but also vocal, strings, piano, and guitar performances. Four selections as state honors finalists is the highest of any band program in the state this year.

These students will perform at the WVMEA State Conference on Friday, March 6 in the Little Theatre at the Charleston Civic Center. The recital will begin at 6:00.

Knights Band members who were selected as finalists were (the title of the piece is in parenthesis): George Kester, marimba (Rain Dance by Alice Gomez); Matthew Riddle, tuba (Morceau Vivant by Marcel Marteau); Harley Yeater, tuba (40 Fathoms, Harold Walt.ers) and The TCHS Brass Choir (Intrada No. 7 by Melchior Franck).

Members of this ensemble include: Nachelle Probst, Jeremiah Boley, Shana Riggs, Jarrett Ice, Emily Gorby, Brody Seckman, and Kaci Shanabarger (trumpet); Makenzie Hakes, Analeigh Hakes, and Austin VanCamp (French Horn); Jason Stanaland, Ayden Hoover, Jesse Griffith, Peyton Hayes, and Abbi Kimble (Trombone); Jackson Kibbey (Euphonium); Matthew Riddle and Kellen Franks (Tuba).