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Twenty-six marching bands from throughout West Virginia will gather in Charleston Oct. 19 for the second annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational.

The invitational is sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, in participation with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, the Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

"This Marching Band Invitational gives our West Virginia high school bands an opportunity to savor the spotlight completely," WVDCH Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith said in a news release. "It gives everyone who loves the band a chance to get a full day of music, high-stepping performances and pride in the talents of our young musicians."

The competition will begin at 10 a.m. at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field and will continue throughout the day. The Majorette Competition will take place at 5:15 p.m., the finale with all bands is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. and the awards presentation is slated for 7:30 p.m.