Wednesday, September 25, 2013

...Battle of the Bands...

...last night was the annual Battle of the Bands known locally as the Majorette Festival...I think this is the 66th year for this competition...first held in 1947...

...so...Scout spent another evening on the field...arriving at 5 PM and not leaving 'til after 10:30...
...they marched in while it was still daylight...
...and all of the bands joined together for a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner...
...lined up and ready to 'take the field'...
...in position...
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...and the show begins...
...they were in the third position for their show...
...I'm pretty sure that's Scout right behind the number 3...but the bell of his mellophone is in front of his face...
...their show was 'Earth Wind and Fire'...so all of us old-timers knew the songs...HA!...
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...a sample...
...leaving the field...
...they quickly get into their parade formation for the march back to their seats...always at attention and always in formation...
...after the high school bands...the WVU marching band marched in...there are over 300 of them and they all don't even fit into the picture...
...lined up and ready to 'run' onto the field...that is one big band!...
...they filled up the field with people and the stadium with sound...
...their forms were amazing...W.V.U. spelled out to both sides...
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...then their famous logo marches across the field playing the 'fight song'...
...an outline of the state of West Virginia...
...they formed these 'concert arcs' facing the audience and then facing the high school bands and played a few songs in concert...
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...it was quite a show!...
...then there was a big star for the finale...
...then the high school bands were back on the field for the awards...

Band Marching - GOLD
Band Playing - SILVER
Field Commander - GOLD
Overall Effect - GOLD
Silks - SILVER...(we called this Flag Corps when I was in Band)

...and our majorette was 1st runner up this year...

...it was an awesome evening for the band...
...after the awards as the other bands are milling about and celebrating...ours...of course is marching off at attention...

...we're all pretty sleepy today...

~Have a lovely day!

1 comment:

  1. I am so impressed. We have nothing like this and it is a great shame.

    Wonderful weather for it!

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