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Wayne, Princeton named grand champions at Cabell Midland band competition

September 24, 2018
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The Princeton High School band competes alongside 18 other schools in the Cabell Midland High School marching band competition on Saturday in Ona.

ONA — Nineteen high school marching bands from West Virginia and Kentucky gathered Saturday at Cabell Midland High School for the 25th annual “A Knight at the Roundtable” marching band competition, hosted by the Cabell Midland Marching Knights.

Cabell Midland Director of Bands Tim James said he is thankful the rain held off until the end of the competition and that every band in the competition put forth a winning effort.

“It was a great group of all different types of shows to put on a beautiful pageant today,” James said. “Everybody was winners today. There wasn’t anyone who couldn’t have won. Considering the heat everyone went through this summer, it’s amazing how good all the bands were.”

Princeton High School took grand champion in Division 1 of the competition with 89.575 points, placing just 0.075 points above first runner-up Hurricane with 89.500 points. Princeton also took home awards for outstanding drum major overall, best soloist in Class A, best show design, Class A second place for flags and auxiliary, and Class A first place for percussion. Spring Valley took second runner-up in Division 1. Princeton was named Honor Band in the overall competition.

Wayne High School took grand champion in Division 2 with 80.125 points, with Lincoln County High School taking first

runner-up with 79.700 points. Herbert Hoover High School placed second runner-up with 78.550 points. Wayne was also awarded first place in Class C, second-place drum major in Class C, third-place flags and auxiliary in Class C and second-place percussion in Class C.

Catherine Blankenship from Lincoln County High School was awarded Miss Majorette and Herbert Hoover’s Josie Moore, runner-up for Miss Majorette, took outstanding twirler overall.

Wahama placed first in Class D and Spring Valley placed first in Class B.

Cabell Midland was awarded grand champion at both of its first two competitions at Huntington High School and Spring Valley High School. The Marching Knights will go on to compete at Hurricane and Poca in the upcoming weeks, as well as at the Bands of America championship competition in Indianapolis in November.

Follow reporter Megan Osborne on Facebook and Twitter @megosborneHD.

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