Local bands brought their best to alumni stadium as the Keyser High School Band hosted its ninth annual Cadence in the Valley Saturday.

Local bands brought their best to alumni stadium as the Keyser High School Band hosted its ninth annual Cadence in the Valley Saturday.
Nine bands including Keyser showcased their 2019 field shows, many in their first competition of the season, on their way to the Atlantic Coast Championships (ACC) set for Hershey, PA in late October.
Keyser debuted its show for exhibition earning a score of 74.85 for Rex: The colors of Mardi Gras placing them sixth in the 1 Open Division for the ACCs.
With props for Justice, Faith and Power, this year’s show includes pieces by Elton John and Green Day.
Southern Garrett High School had the top score with 82.76 placing them as champions of Cadence in the Valley and in the top spot of the rankings for Group 1A after week two.
Southern Garrett captured the specialty awards in for music, marching, percussion and auxiliary for their show “Don’t Stop the Dream” as they took patrons on the “journey of a dream through the eyes of a child and the wisdom of an adult.”
In second place in Group 1 A was Northern Garrett with a score of 75.42. Their show Blueprint holds the 14th spot in the ACC rankings, as they explore “using a blueprint to turn it into something amazing.”
Taking third place with a score of 74.17, Petersburg holds down the 20h spot in the rankings for All That Jazz: The Music of Chicago telling the story of Roxie Hart’s climb to fame.
Fourth place went to “Where There’s Smoke” as Somerset High School earned 69.60. They round out the ratings at 27.
Allegany High School was the only entry in Group 2 Open as they earned 80.95 for their show Full Circle exploring the circular idea that is all around. Allegany took home first place in the division along with awards for music, marching, percussion and auxiliary. They hold the second spot in their division for the ACC rankings.
Group 3 open featured performances by Mountain Ridge and Fort Hill High School marching bands.
Mountain Ridge earned first place honors with a score of 77.90 taking home awards for music, marching and auxiliary for Live at the Speakeasy.
Their black attire and color guard in red flapper dresses earned the 12th spot in the rankings.
Fort Hill High School was recognized as the People’s Choice and second place in Group 2 Open with a score of 77.55.
Their show “Toy Boat” told the story of the emotions of a little boy, portrayed by drum major William Swink, who lost his toy boat.
Fort Hill won the percussion award for their division and sits in the 14th spot in the rankings.
Preston High School earned top honors for Group 4 Open with a score of 73.85 for their show Rock On featuring familiar tunes of “Sweet Child of Mine” and “Don’t Stop Me Now.”
Preston earned honors for music, marching, percussion and auxiliary and hold the 11th spot in the ACC.
Sponsoring awards for Cadence were MedaSave Pharmacy, American Legion Post 41, Assumption Council 10545 Knights of Columbus, Kessel Lumber Company, Inspirations Dance Academy, Health Matters Urgent Care, Mike Ryan Bocephus Accounting and Tax Service, Anthony Rogers Attorney at Law, First United Bank and Trust, McDonald’s of Keyser, Fountain Ruritan, Brad and Denise Halterman, Reed’s Drug Store, Dr. Scott Thomas New Creek Family Medicine, Final Touch, Allegany Orthodontics, Chessie Federal Credit Union, Potomac Valley Hospital of WVU Medicine, Pilgrim’s Pride, Duckworth Insurance, Steve and Bernie Capaldi, Belt Paving, Progressive Physical Therapy, FNB Bank, Headsville Countryside Ruritan, Grant County Bank, Potomac Memorial Gardens, Triple C Concrete, Wepco, Markwood Funeral Home and Keyser Moose Lodge 662.
If you missed these bands at Keyser you can see them this Saturday at Preston High School in Kingwood.