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  • Pictured are members of the JM Steel Drum Band. Front row from left: Olivia Miller, Hannah Lynch and Paige Wallace. Middle row from left: Lakyn Phillips, Tessa Wise, Dakota Wyatt, Cloey Broski and Sarah Fitzpatrick. Back row from left: Leah Reuschel, Cameron Anderson, Brayden Snider, Creed Kidney Rebekah Clark and Pearl Chambers. Not pictured - Madi Blake and Cameron McClure.
    Front row from left: Olivia Miller, Hannah Lynch and Paige Wallace. Middle row from left: Lakyn Phillips, Tessa Wise, Dakota Wyatt, Cloey Broski and Sarah Fitzpatrick. Back row from left: Leah Reuschel, Cameron Anderson, Brayden Snider, Creed Kidney Rebekah Clark and Pearl Chambers. Not pictured – Madi Blake and Cameron McClure.

John Marshall High School’s Steel Drum Band, under the direction of Tracey Filben, has been selected to play at the upcoming West Virginia Music Educators Association conference in Charleston.

In the Mountain State, John Marshall was the top high school chosen to perform for the X-Ensemble, an accolade that recognizes non-traditional groups. Since the X-Ensemble’s inception in 2016, the JM Steel Drum Band has been selected for this honor three times. Groups are only eligible every other year, if they are selected.

The 16 piece Steel Drum Band’s performance will take place on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Charleston Civic Center. Tunes from many different genres will be played on the steel pans.  Some of the selections include Chasing Shadows (Don’t Look Back), Songlines and Black Magic Woman.