Cabell Midland Wins West Virginia Marching Band Prize

CHARLESTON, W.Va (AP) — Forty-three bands from around West Virginia showcased their talents on Saturday in the tenth annual State Marching Band Invitational Championship.

Cabell Midland High School won the awards for Overall “Honor Band" and Old Gold Division Grand Champion, according to a news release from the state Department of Arts, Culture and History. Paden City 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 winning first prize.

The event held at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field helps to promote and celebrate arts education throughout West Virginia, according to the release.

Event sponsors included the Save The Music Foundation, which provides free musical instruments to middle schools throughout the state.