Many West Virginians come back from Myrtle Beach with a suntan. A local high school band came back Sunday night instead with a busload of trophies from a marching band competition in South Carolina. The band also received a police escort from the Cabell County Sheriff's Department and a rousing round of cheers from families, friends and boosters at the school.
The Cabell Midland High School Marching Knights were chosen as the Grand Champions over some 16 other bands from across the Carolinas at a competition in Loris, South Carolina on Saturday night. The band took top honors in all categories including Auxiliary, Percussion, Hornline and Music.
More than 140 members, their teachers and instructors and many families stayed in Myrtle Beach for two nights, including a visit to the surf and they even formed the outline of the state of West Virginia on the beach.
The show is a musical and visual tribute to life in West Virginia and includes the songs, "West Virginia Hills," "16 Tons," "Amazing Grace," and "Appalachian Spring." The show was chosen by director Timothy James to celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday this year.
"I have never been prouder in my life. My gosh they did wonderful. Complete standing ovation from everyone," said James.
The Marching Knights were also Grand Champions in the past several weeks at the Marshall University's Tri State competition as well as the West Virginia Invitational competition at Laidley Field in Charleston.
Here is a link to a performance of the show entitled, "Echoes From The Hills" at the West Virginia Invitational Competition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrDHtfeUWfQ