EHS band to represent Randolph at fete

Members of the Elkins High School Fighting Tigers Marching Band will file down to Charleston June 22 to represent Randolph County in West Virginia’s 150th Birthday Celebration Parade.

The Randolph County Commission convened in a special meeting Tuesday to nominate the marching band to serve as the county’s representative in the parade, which will take place during sesquicentennial celebrations in the state capitol.

In April, the commission received a letter from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History asking it to select a representative from the county to march in the parade; the letter noted that the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission wants all 55 counties to be accounted for.

“We advertised for this and we received one interested participant, which was the Elkins High School band,” Commission President Chris See said at Tuesday’s meeting. “They said they’d be glad to go down and represent Randolph County.”

See added that the 95-member band had put in a funding request for $2,000, which will cover the cost of transportation to and from Charleston and one meal for each member.

The commission unanimously approved the nomination as well as the request for financial assistance.

“I take great pleasure in making the motion that the Elkins High School band represent Randolph County in West Virginia’s 150th Birthday Celebration Parade,” Commissioner Mike Taylor said.

EHS Fighting Tigers band director Joseph Bowen described the opportunity as a once-in-a-lifetime event.

“I do feel it’s a huge honor for the band to be the representative for Randolph County and I think – well, I know – we’re going to make them proud,” Bowen said Tuesday. “It’s going to be a great experience when we get down there, especially for all these kids. This is something that’s only going to happen once: West Virginia’s only going to turn 150 once. Essentially, the kids are going to have an experience that no one else can have.”

Bowen said he and the band would like to express their gratitude for the commission’s support.

“We’re really excited that the Randolph County Commission has elected to sponsor our trip, and we are certainly very grateful and want to thank them,” he said.

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