KEYSER - Even a hurricane couldn't stop the Golden Tornado as the Keyser High School Band hosted its eighth annual Cadence in the Valley Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Even a hurricane couldn’t stop the Golden Tornado as the Keyser High School Band hosted its eighth annual Cadence in the Valley Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
Eight bands including Keyser showcased their 2018 field shows; many in their first competition of the season on the way to the Atlantic Coast Championships (ACC) set for Hershey, Pennsylvania, in late October.
Keyser debuted its show for exhibition, earning a score of 74.30 for “Icarus.” The story from Greek mythology shows how foolish pride can lead to one’s demise. Keyser is tied for third in the Atlantic Coast standings.
Allegany High School had the top score with 83.55, placing them as champions of Cadence in the Valley and earning them the rank of second in the Tournament of Bands. They are the reigning chapter champions.
Allegany captured the specialty awards in Group 3 Open for “The Painted Desert,” commemorating the 20th anniversary of the show created in 1998. Allegany won the awards for music, marching, percussion and auxiliary for their class.
In second place in the 3 Open class was Mountain Ridge High School with a score of 80.00 This year’s show “Picture This” includes selections of “Bicycle Race,” “99 Red Balloons” and “Pure Imagination.”
A highlight of the show was when a band member rode his bicycle around the field. The band enters next week’s competition ranked tenth.
Taking third place with a score of 77.50 was Fort Hill High School with their “Venus Amore” featuring the goddess of love and the statue garden of her children. Fort Hill holds down the 14th spot in the rankings.
Fourth place went to “The Greatest Showman” as Hedgesville High School earned 72.15. Selections included “The Greatest Show,” “This is Me,” and “From Now On.” They round out the ratings at 20 for the 3 Open class.
Northern and Southern Garrett made up Group 1A. Southern took top honors with a score of 80.69 for its video game show “Game On,” as Player Oone worked her way through some old and new games starting with Tetris and ending with Super Mario Brothers.
Southern also took the awards for music, marching, percussion and auxiliary and is ranked second in their division at the ACC.
Northern earned a 77.20 for its “Big Band  Swing Salute” featuring familiar standards such as “In the Mood,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’s Got That Swing.” The band is currently ranked at eighth place in the conference.
Petersburg High School was the only entry in the Group 1 Open Class. The Viking Band earned a score of 69.30 for their show “Jekyll and Hyde” and took home top honors for music, marching, percussion and auxiliary. They are ranked 11th after the second week of competitions.
If you missed these bands at Keyser you can see them at upcoming competitions scheduled for next Saturday at Preston and Spring Mills high schools.