KINGWOOD - Both Keyser and Frankfort high school bands took top honors in their respective categories Saturday in the Preston High School Tournament of Bands competition in Kingwood.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KINGWOOD - Both Keyser and Frankfort high school bands took top honors in their respective categories Saturday in the Preston High School Tournament of Bands competition in Kingwood.
Keyser, competing in Group 2 Open, finished with a score of 82.30 and Frankfort, in Group 3-A, finished with a score of 83.68.
The Tornado’s specialty scores were: Visual - 32.70, music - 49.60, auxiliary - 15.60 and percussion - 13.80.
The Falcons’ specialty scores were: Visual - 33.65, music - 50.03, auxiliary - 15.21 and percussion, 15.94.
Due to their exceptional scores, Frankfort is currently ranked No. 2 in its category for the Tournament of Bands season, although they are not a competition band, and Keyser is ranked No. 3.
Keyser’s show this year is “a.i,” centering around the idea of artificial intelligence. It includes 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.
Frankfort’s program showcases the music of John Williams, including the themes of “E.T. - The Extraterrestrial,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “Princess Leia’s Theme” and “Throne Room” from “Star Wars.”
Top bands in other categories at the Preston competition were:
Middle School: Mountaineer Middle School of Morgantown.
Group 1A: Northern Garrett High School of Accident, Maryland.
Group 4O: University High School of Morgantown.
Keyser will head to Allegany High School next week to participate in competition at Greenway Avenue Stadium in Cumberland, where they are scheduled to take the field at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.
Frankfort will be taking their show to Morgantown to perform in the Morgantown Band Spectacular at West Virginia University’s Milan Puskar Stadium - also on Saturday.
Another area high school, Mountain Ridge, which is currently ranked No. 4 just behind Frankfort, will also be at Greenway and is scheduled to perform at 6:15 p.m. Saturday.