EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSStudents Wow Crowds With Daily Mail Kanawha County Majorette and Band Festival
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Videographer: Shelby Spradling
Web Producer: Kera Mashek
Also Contributing: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Sep. 24, 2013 10:29 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 25, 2013 1:06 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The sounds of marching band music have filled the air Tuesday night in the capital city, all part of the annual Daily Mail Kanawha County Majorette and Band Festival.
All eight Kanawha County high school bands strutted their stuff in elaborate costumes, that included everything from kilts, to togas, and of course big feathered hats. And the performances they put on are pretty impressive.
A unified group of Kanawha County high schoolers kicked off the 67th annual Marching Band and Drum Majorette contest in Charleston Tuesday.
Music ranged from the Star Spangled Banner to Earth, Wind and Fire selections.
The musical styling of each band is unique. And certainly the students have been dedicated in prepping for the big show.
"Lots of hard work and a lot of practice!" said Dylan Persinger with Hoover's Band.
"We have put in literally everything. We've practiced since July from band camp and everything and all week, forever! And we've worked really hard like hours!" said Hannah Curry with the Nitro Band.
Eyewitness News asked, "Alright, but do you have the moves like Jagger?"
"Of course! Definitely," Curry and Nitro band-mates said.
And as they stepped in time to their tunes, it showed!
On top of the musical talent of these students, you can't forget about the flare! With sparkling skirts, drum majorettes are judged in a league of their own, and just like the bands they perform with--practice makes perfect.
"A lot of drops--and a whole lot of prayer!" said Emma Rhodes, St. Albans drum majorette.
Aside from all the fun, organizers love to see the community coming out to support music. All gate proceeds from Tuesday's contest are split to help fund band programs at each school.
"We like to give them as much support as we can because they can use everything they can get! " said festival emcee John Barker.
The freshman baton twirler we talked with, Emma Rhodes from St. Albans, came out a big winner being named 2013 Miss Kanawha Majorette. Watch a behind the scenes interview here with Rhodes as she gives Anchor Kera Mashek a lesson in baton twirling.
Charleston's Capital High School walked away as grand champion in the band contest. This is the tenth consecutive year Capital has earned the title.
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