KEYSER - It was a perfect night for a band competition with just enough breeze to help the flags fly as Keyser High School Band hosted its seventh annual Cadence in the Valley Saturday at alumni stadium.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - It was a perfect night for a band competition with just enough breeze to help the flags fly as Keyser High School Band hosted its seventh annual Cadence in the Valley Saturday at alumni stadium.
Nine bands including Keyser showcased their 2017 field shows, many in their first competition of the season on the way to the Atlantic Coast Championships set for Hershey, Pennsylvia, in late October.
Allegany High School had the top score with 82.90, placing them as champions of Cadence in the Valley and earning them the rank of third in the TOB. They are the reigning chapter champions.
Allegany captured the specialty awards in group 3 Open for “The Art of Movement” with scores of Visual – 33.30, Music – 49.60, Auxiliary – 17.00 and Percussion - 14.90.
In second place in the 3 Open class was Fort Hill High School with a score of 78.95. Individual scores included Visual – 31.55, Music – 47.40, Auxiliary – 16.00 and Percussion - 14.30.
As band members were dressed neatly in their uniforms they were interspersed with others with dirty faces, ragged hair and tattered clothes.
The narrative of “In Plain Sight” shared the plight of the homeless. Men, women and children without a place to live, clean clothes to wear or a place to bathe. The situations that put them on the street are as unique as the people themselves whether it’s being a veteran in need of medical attention or those struggling with addiction.
“Please use this performance to personally reflect, but also as an opportunity to initiate conversations about homelessness. I promise you: the more you look at it, the more you will see that homelessness is hidden ‘In Plain Sight,’” said band director Joseph Thompson.
The Golden Tornado Marching Band performed in exhibition while hosting the event, tying with Fort Hill at 78.95 and earning them the sixth spot in the TOB for Class 2 Open.
This year’s show “a. i.” shows the journey of artificial intelligence and earned the band scores of Visual – 30.15, Music – 48.80, Auxiliary – 15.20 and Percussion – 13.50.
Philip Barbour High School was the People’s Choice winner for Cadence and the band earned first place in Group 4 Open with a score of 76.30.
They are ranked eighth in the TOB and received the specialty awards for music, marching and maneuvering and percussion. Scores included Visual – 29.20, Music – 47.10, Auxiliary – 13.70 and Percussion - 14.70.
A large band with 125 members they are known as the pride of Barbour County.
Preston County High School earned second place with a score of 75.85 and received the best auxiliary award for its show, “The Colors of Rock,” featuring “Back in Black” and “A Whiter Shade of Pale.”
They are ranked tenth in the TOB and local scores included Visual – 29.15, Music – 46.70, Auxiliary – 13.90 and Percussion – 13.20.
Mountain Ridge earned first place in Group 3A with a score of 82.85 and secured the top spot in the TOB for their division with “Launch: Cosmic Horizon.”
They earned the specialty awards for music, marching and maneuvering and percussion. Scores included Visual – 32.88, Music – 49.97, Auxiliary – 15.41and Percussion – 16.53.
In Group 2A, the Pride of Pocahontas County took first place and all the specialty awards with a score of 74.81.
Their “Warriors in the Wild West” show featured its own jail complete with a hero and a villain. Scores included Visual – 29.98, Music – 44.83, Auxiliary – 14.14 and Percussion – 13.74.
Garrett County, Maryland split the awards for Group 1A with Southern Garrett earning first place with a score of 76.39 while Northern Garrett came in at 76.29.
Southern took the awards of music and auxiliary, and Northern earned the nod for marching and maneuvering and percussion.
Southern Garrett had the comic book heroes on their side as they performed music from Superman, Batman, Spiderman and Captain America to earn their scores of Visual – 30.42, Music – 45.97, Auxiliary – 14.80 and Percussion – 13.47.
Northern’s show celebrated the life of the Phoenix in “Uprising” featuring music by Cold Play and Fallout Boy.
Northern’s scores were Visual – 30.59, Music – 45.70, Auxiliary – 14.47 and Percussion – 13.67.
If you missed them this week at Cadence, be sure and check out all these bands as the competition season continues next week with area bands competing in Kingwood, West Virginia, and Frederick, Maryland.