POINT PLEASANT — The popular Battle of the Bands competition returns to Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School this Saturday.
Hosted by the Point Pleasant High School Black Knight Marching Band, this year’s event kicks-off at 3:50 p.m. on the football field with a performance by the Point Pleasant Junior High School Band under the direction of Chipper Hendricks.
According to Ben Loudin, director of the PPHS Black Knight Marching Band, 11 bands will be featured during the competition.
Bands slated to perform include: Bluefield High School, Johnson Central (Kentucky) High School, Logan High School, North Marion High School, Poca High School, Princeton High School, Ripley High School, Spring Valley High School, South Gallia High School, Tug Valley High School and Wirt County High School.
The final performance will be provided by the Black Knight Marching Band as members present their award-winning show “Chicago on Broadway” in exhibition.
This year, the Black Knight Marching Band has grown to 83 members with 13 seniors taking the field in exhibition for the last time, including Drum Major Gretchen Nibert, Color Guard Captain Katherine Deem and Percussion Line Captain Kody Ramey
This year the Black Knight Marching Band has participated in five competitions and taken home the following awards at these high schools: Spring Valley: First Place Color Guard in class; Third Place Percussion in class; Third Place Band in class. Cabell Midland: Outstanding soloist award; Second Place Drum Major in class; Second Place Color Guard in class; Second Place Percussion in class; Second Place Band in class. Hurricane: Second Place Drum Major in class; Second Place Color Guard in class; Second Place Percussion in class; Second Place Band in class. Poca: First Place Color Guard in class. Marshall University: Third Place Color Guard AAAA Band.
The Battle of the Bands Awards Ceremony will follow at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Battle of the Bands is open to the public with an admission fee of $5 per person. Children under the age of five will be admitted free of charge. Concessions and baked goods will be available for purchase.