KEYSER - The Keyser High School Band will be musically exploring the idea of “Artificial Intelligence” this year with a field show heavy on visuals and props.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - The Keyser High School Band will be musically exploring the idea of “Artificial Intelligence” this year with a field show heavy on visuals and props.
“I’m really excited; this is the most visual show we’ve done,” band director Suzanne Warrick said recently on a rare break from summer band camp.
“The show explores the concept of artificial intelligence and robots learning to be more like humans,” she said, explaining that the show is broken down into three movements:
1. Pulse Circuit, which represents the energy powering the robots;
2. Lucid Dreams, when the robots become self-aware and begin feeling emotions; and
3. Mechanical Mind, where the robots are fully functional.
“They can think for themselves and they are ready to take over,” she explains.
Warrick says she is also excited that senior Shawnna McGuinnis will be at the helm of the band for her third year in a row as drum major, and that the band is approximately 60 members strong.
They are all excited that they will be debuting their new uniforms this year, thanks to ongoing fundraising efforts of the band members and the community.
“They’re a little different visual element; they’re not as black as the previous uniforms,” Warrick says, explaining that the gray fade on the top “really accentuates the upper body.”
“I definitely would like to thank the community for helping us with the drive to raise money for the uniforms,” she said, noting that they only have about $20,000 to go until they have the total $53,000 paid off.
The band will be hosting its annual Cadence in the Valley competition on Sept. 16, and already have a lot of local high school bands signed up to participate, including Mt. Ridge, Fort Hill, Allegany, and Northern and Southern Garrett.
Cadence is also the Golden Tornado’s first competition of the season, with others scheduled for Sept 23 at Preston High School in Terry Alta, Sept. 30 at Allegany High School in Cumberland, and Oct. 7 at Tyrone High School in Tyrone, Pennsylvania.
Chapter 13 finals will be held Oct. 21 at Fairmont State University, followed by Atlantic Coast Championships Nov. 5 at Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The biggest appearance for the band, however, won’t come until the end of the year, when the Golden Tornado travels to New Orleans Nov. 28-Dec. 2 to appear in the Sugar Bowl Parade.
The trip to New Orleans won’t be all work for the students, however, as Warrick says “we’ve got a lot of activities planned,” including a cooking class and a riverboat cruise.
The general public will get to see the Golden Tornado’s new show and new uniforms for the first time as the band performs its halftime show at the school’s first home football game on Sept. 1.