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Sliver Knights Band Crowned Grand Champions

November 6, 2019
Tyler Star News

The Tyler Consolidated High School Band competed at the 65th Annual West Virginia Black Walnut Festival on October 12th in Spencer. It was an outstanding performance for the band and the awards earned that day confirm that. In Class B (30-50 musicians), the TCHS Band earned 1st Place Field Show, 1st Place Field Commander (the TCHS Field Commander, George Kester placed 2nd overall), and 3rd Place Percussion. The Knights Band was named Grand Champions for Division II. The divisions are determined by size; bands with 50 members or less are placed in Division II. Those with 51 musicians and above are placed in Division I.

The biggest highlight of the day was that the Knights Band placed 1st overall in the field show competition out of 18 bands; they earned a higher overall score than the Division I Champion, Spring Valley High School. "We outscored some really amazing bands from much larger schools," stated TCHS director Matt Jennings. "Hard word and commitment to excellence pays off. It has been many years since the Knights Band has won the Black Walnut Festival. We are looking forward to continuing our winning ways at the Parkersburg South competition on October 26th."

Knights Conclude Season with Success

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Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights Marching Band

The Tyler Consolidated High School Silver Knights Marching Band concluded their competition on Saturday, October 26th at the 2nd Annual Parkersburg South High School Patriot Invitational. In their class, the Knights Band earned 1st place honors in field show, percussion, field commander, and color guard. Overall, the band was runner-up grand champion, only losing to Hurricane High School by 9/10 of a point. Field Commander George Kester was 1st overall, the Knights Drumline finished 2nd overall, and the color guard was 3rd overall, respectively. The band also received the Outstanding Show Design and People's Choice Awards. This year, the band was also 2nd runner-up grand champions at the Ripley Viking Fest, and was Grand Champions of the Black Walnut Festival. The Knights only lost to three bands this year: George Washington, Parkersburg South and Hurricane. All three are outstanding bands from AAA schools.


Piccolo: Hailey Tanner;

Flute: Abigail Ebert, Madeline Cecil, Madeline Tarnecki, Hayden Montgomery;

Clarinet: Savannah Ferrell, Maddie Ice, Abbi Ice, Autumn Shepherd, Harley Morrison;

Alto Saxophone: Samantha Barnhart, Logan Wade, Grace Howell, Sydney Deaton;

Tenor Saxophone: Anna Griffith, Carlee Dye;

Trumpet: Nachelle Probst, Shauna Riggs, Jeremiah Boley, Jarrett Ice, Emily Gorby, Kaci Shanabarger, Aiden Swan, Selene Holcomb, Abbi Stanaland;

Mellophone: Makenzie Hakes, Analeigh Hakes

Trombone: Jason Stanaland, Ayden Hoover, Jesse Griffith, Peyton Hayes, Abbi Kimble, Kaylee Haught;

Baritone: Jackson Kibbey;

Tuba: Matthew Riddle, Kellen Franks, Harley Yeater;

Quads: Shawn Jones;

Snare: Isaac Melvin, Garrett Freeland;

Bass Drum: Anna Grimes, Kimmy Owens, Zayd Al-Janaby, Trenton Webster;

Cymbals: Trevor Wise;

Auxiliary Percussion: Katie Ash, Aislinn Franks, Ava Gorrell, Sunshine Murphy;

Color Guard:Rachel Hashman, Kaytlyn Henthorn, Sydney Smith, Mallory Westbrook;

Field Commander: George Kester;

Guard Runners: Samantha Melvin, Alli Wince;

Director: Matt Jennings;

Assistant Director: Sally Conklin;

Percussion Instructor: Brian Bailey



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