THE Mountaineer football team is not the only fear University of Maryland officials have from West Virginia University. Maryland barred the WVU Marching Band - the Pride of West Virginia - from performing at halftime of Saturday's game in Baltimore, as it does all visiting team bands.
The snub will make even more enjoyable the WVU band's appearance at the upcoming 68th annual Daily Mail Kanawha County Majorette & Band Festival.
The eight high schools in the county will perform in the same stadium in a family and community tradition that dates back to the 1940s.
The young women will vie for Miss Majorette while the school bands will still compete for the Grand Champion.
This year, organizers switched to an Olympic format, which means bands will receive gold, silver or bronze medals in each category.
"This means every band in every category is being recognized," said Mark Davis, fine arts curriculum supervisor for Kanawha County schools.
Over the years, the festival has had changes.
Gone are Charleston, Dunbar, DuPont, East Bank and Stonewall Jackson high schools due to consolidation.
But alive and well are the spirit and determination of the band members and other students who will entertain their friends, family and community as the bands compete in a friendly rivalry.
The dedication of the band members to their music and the discipline of their marching in formation will serve them well later in life regardless of whether they go on to college or join the WVU Marching Band.
The festival begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field.