GLENVILLE —Glenville State College’s Ike & Sue Morris Stadium will be filled with the sound of music on Saturday, November 3rd. That will be the site of the inaugural West Virginia Marching Band Invitational (WVMBI) sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) and Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith.
“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Glenville State College for this statewide marching band invitational. The response from high schools around the state has been phenomenal, and we know that this program can continue to grow,” said the Commissioner.
Twenty-seven high school marching bands with approximately fifteen-hundred musicians, color guards, twirlers, majorettes and drum majors from across the state will be performing at the first WVMBI. Competing bands will be organized into four classes (A-4A).
These classes will be grouped into two divisions (A and 2A in Division II and 3A and 4A in Division I). Bands will be organized into classes based on school size, not band size. Awards will be given to schools for performance within their respective classes, divisions, and overall.
Both divisions will have a Division Grand Champion who will be eligible for Overall Grand Champion. The Overall Grand Champion and First and Second Runners-Up will receive cash prizes. This is one of the largest invitationals in the state and the only statewide invitational.
The bands competing in Division I are; Brooke, Cabell Midland, Capital, Elkins, Greenbrier East, Hampshire County, Parkersburg, Princeton, and St. Albans. Division II bands include; Bluefield, Gilmer County, Harman, Liberty Harrison, Magnolia, Nicholas County, Phillip Barbour, Poca, Ravenswood, Richwood, Ritchie County, Roane County, Scott, Sherman, Sissonville, Tygarts Valley, Valley Wetzel, and Wahama.
The GSC Marching Band will be an integral part of the festival. The GSC Drum Line and the entire GSC Marching Band will be performing at 2:45 p.m.
Members of the band will serve as hosts for each of the high school bands, allowing the college students to talk with the high school students about college, music education, and their experiences at GSC. The Glenville students will, where possible, be paired with their high school alma maters.
“The GSC Department of Fine Arts is very appreciative of Commissioner Smith’s dedication to this great event and for the opportunity to host. This is a wonderful opportunity for the music students of West Virginia. It is also a fantastic learning opportunity for the GSC Music Majors as they will be with the bands all day and will ‘wear many hats’ the day of the event to help make sure it flows and is a success” stated Lloyd Bone, GSC Assistant Professor of Music, Marching Band Director, and Fine Arts Department Chair.
The WVMBI is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. and last until approximately 7:30 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m. there will be an all bands finale. The awards presentation will begin at 6:45 p.m. with West Virginia First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin presenting the awards to the winning bands and individuals.
The WVMBI will also help promote the division’s educational ‘VH1 Save the Music Foundation’ program which provides free music instruments to middle schools throughout West Virginia.
“One of the most important missions we have at the Division of Culture and History is to encourage our young West Virginians to appreciate and participate in the arts. We want them to know the personal satisfaction they can find in discovering their own creative spirits and to become lifelong supporters of the arts.
I believe that it is vital for us to encourage young students to find an art form that they enjoy. Studies show that students with arts background are more confident and have more self-discipline. These traits, which help improve their overall scores and commitment to education, are invaluable tools for their future success. More than that, a love of art - whether it is performance or visual art - enhances a person’s appreciation of their environment and the world,” said Reid-Smith.
Admission for the event is $6 for ages 12 and up and $3 for children 11 and younger. The official West Virginia Marching Band Invitational program, featuring photos of all high school bands and the GSC Band, will available for be $4.
For more information about the 2012 West Virginia Marching Band Invitational including the performance schedule visit http://www.wvculture.org/agency/wvmbi/2012wvmbi.html