Gazette-Mail Kanawha County Majorette and Band Festival
The Gazette-Mail Kanawha County Majorette and Band Festival (formerly Daily Mail) is an annual festival dedicated to the public high school bands and majorette corps in Kanawha County, West Virginia. The event is held at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field in Charleston, West Virginia at the end of September of each year. The first event was held in 1947, and was attended by nearly 25,000 people. In past years, "The Star Spangled Banner" was played by the previous year's Festival Grand Champion. Beginning in 2013, all eight competing bands combined perform the National Anthem. The 2016 Festival Grand Champion is Capital High School. The event was sponsored by the Charleston Daily Mail newspaper, but is now sponsored by the Charleston Gazette-Mail after the Daily Mail merged with the Charleston Gazette in 2015. It is the longest running music festival in West Virginia. 2016 was the 70th anniversary of the festival.
The JoAnn Jarrett Holland Memorial Scholarship Fund
A $2,500 scholarship is awarded to the girl who places first in the feature twirler competition. This is an annual award given each year at the festival. This scholarship honors the memory of JoAnn Jarrett Holland, who won the competition in 1949 and 1950. Not only did she excel at this event, but she also supported it by attending the festival each year for the rest of her life. In 1973 her daughter, Kathi Holland Burton, won this competition and went on to be the feature twirler at West Virginia University for seven years.
WVU and Marshall exhibition shows
Every year, the Majorette and Band Festival has an exhibition show following the final high school performance before the awards ceremony. On the odd numbered years, West Virginia University's marching band, "The Pride of West Virginia," does one of their exhibition shows and on the even numbered years, Marshall University's marching band, "The Marching Thunder," does one of their exhibition shows.
WVU's marching band began performing for the festival in 2003. Marshall University's marching band began performing for the festival in 2004. The festival acts as a great recruitment opportunity for both bands.
High school bands
There are currently eight public high schools in Kanawha County. All participate in the festival.
Current High Schools:
- Capital High School, Charleston, West Virginia
- George Washington High School, Charleston, West Virginia
- Herbert Hoover High School, Falling Rock (Clendenin, West Virginia)
- Nitro High School, Nitro, West Virginia
- Riverside High School, Quincy (Belle, West Virginia)
- St. Albans High School, St. Albans, West Virginia
- Sissonville High School, Pocatalico (Sissonville, West Virginia)
- South Charleston High School, South Charleston, West Virginia
Former High Schools:
- Charleston High School, Charleston, West Virginia; closed in 1989
- Dunbar High School, Dunbar, West Virginia; closed in 1990
- DuPont High School, DuPont City (Belle, West Virginia); closed in 1999
- East Bank High School, East Bank, West Virginia; closed in 1999
- Stonewall Jackson High School, Charleston, West Virginia; closed in 1989
Previous Miss Kanawha Majorettes
The title of Miss Kanawha Majorette is awarded to the one girl who is the outstanding majorette of the evening of those competing in the category. The first girl to be named Miss Kanawha Majorette was Dolores Thompson in 1947. An annual tradition of being named Miss Kanawha Majorette is returning the next year to present the award to that year's Miss Kanawha Majorette with the trophy, tiara, and bouquet of flowers. A girl cannot be named Miss Kanawha Majorette for two consecutive years, however, it is possible for a girl to be named it twice.
Juliana Kemp is the only majorette to win the title of Miss Kanawha Majorette twice, once in 2003 and again in 2005. She went on to become the Feature Twirler for West Virginia State University's "Marching Swarm" from 2006 to 2008. Another former Miss Kanawha Majorette also went on to become the Feature Twirler for West Virginia State University. Miss Kanawha Majorette 2006, Stevi Ryder, was their Feature Twirler for 2010 and was a co-Feature Twirler for 2011 and 2012.
South Charleston High School has had the most girls named Miss Kanawha Majorette with a total of ten. Next to them is Herbert Hoover High School, Sissonville High School, and the former DuPont High School with eight; the former Charleston High School with seven; the former Stonewall Jackson High School with six; Capital High School, St. Albans High School, and George Washington High School have five; Nitro High School, Riverside High School, and the former Dunbar High School and East Bank High School have two.
- 2016 – Carrie Long, George Washington
- 2015 – Kaitlyn Cline, George Washington
- 2014 – Olivia Carnell, Capital
- 2013 – Emma Rhodes, St. Albans
- 2012 – Taylor Freeland, George Washington
- 2011 – Heather Ryan, Herbert Hoover
- 2010 – Alexandra Ameli, George Washington 
- 2009 – Casey Jarvis, Capital 
- 2008 – Kandis Courtney, Riverside 
- 2007 – Chelsea Morton, Herbert Hoover 
- 2006 – Stevi Ryder, Herbert Hoover 
- 2005 – Juliana Kemp, South Charleston 
- 2004 – Mandy Jo Wingo, Riverside
- 2003 – Juliana Kemp, South Charleston 
- 2002 – Ashley Parsons, Capital
- 2001 – Megan Tucker, Herbert Hoover
- 2000 – Christal Kirk, Herbert Hoover
- 1999 – Laura Hanna, Capital
- 1998 – Jessica Smith, DuPont
- 1997 – Kristen Tucker, Herbert Hoover
- 1996 – Heather Anderson, Herbert Hoover
- 1995 – Julie Keenan, DuPont
- 1994 – Beth Miller, South Charleston
- 1993 –Susan Booth, Sissonville
- 1992 – Kim Jarrett, Sissonville
- 1991 – Sarah Lang, Capital
- 1990 – Leigh Ann Dolan, Sissonville
- 1989 – Jill Pazerski, George Washington
- 1988 – Katie Hodges, Stonewall Jackson
- 1987 – Kristie Roberts, South Charleston
- 1986 – Lisa White, DuPont
- 1985 – Kim Randolph, Stonewall Jackson
- 1984 – Lori Began, South Charleston
- 1983 – Kim O'Conner, South Charleston
- 1982 – Karen Persinger, DuPont
- 1981 – Kelly Ellis, Charleston
- 1980 – Shannon Snodgrass, DuPont
- 1979 – Michelle Noe, Charleston
- 1978 – Ursula Smith, St. Albans
- 1977 – Donna Rowley, Sissonville
- 1976 – Debbie Wilkinson, Sissonville
- 1975 – Dawn Bailey, Sissonville
- 1974 – Jenny Lynn Phyllips, East Bank
- 1973 – Kathy Jo Light, DuPont
- 1972 – Bobbie Coleman, Charleston
- 1971 – Judy Boggess, Nitro
- 1970 – Kay Bennett, Charleston
- 1969 – Kathy Wingo, Charleston
- 1968 – Janie Coffman, Sissonville
- 1967 – Karen Schoonover, South Charleston
- 1966 – Donna Tickle, Stonewall Jackson
- 1965 – Beth Fleshman, Herbert Hoover
- 1964 – Betty Conner, Sissonville
- 1963 – Sandy Limer, East Bank
- 1962 – Jenny Doty, St. Albans
- 1961 – Phyllis Zabel, Stonewall Jackson
- 1960 – Jeannie Irvin, Dunbar
- 1959 – Patti Bostic, South Charleston
- 1958 – Nina Hatfield, Stonewall Jackson
- 1957 – Brenda Sullivan, DuPont
- 1956 – Frances Snyder, Nitro
- 1955 – Judy Thrall, Charleston
- 1954 – Eleanor Carney, Dunbar
- 1953 – Jean Thompson, St. Albans
- 1952 – Barbara Jean Tucker, St. Albans
- 1951 – Joyce Ballard, DuPont
- 1950 – Patty Hendrickson, Stonewall Jackson
- 1949 – Mathilde Bodkin, South Charleston
- 1948 – Phyllis Walker, Charleston
- 1947 – Dolores Thompson, South Charleston
Previous Festival Grand Champions
Before 1970, there was no award for Festival Grand Champion. 1970 was the first year the Festival Grand Championship was awarded. Herbert Hoover High School was the first school to win the Festival Grand Championship.
Capital High School is the only school to have won the Festival Grand Championship for eleven consecutive years and is the only high School to exceed ten wins at the festival with a total of eighteen wins. Next to them is Herbert Hoover High School with nine wins; George Washington High School with eight; Nitro High School with four; St. Albans High School and the former DuPont High School with three wins; Sissonville High School and the former Charleston High School with one win. South Charleston High School, Riverside High School, and the former Dunbar High School, East Bank High School, and Stonewall Jackson High School have never won the Festival Grand Championship.
- 2016 – Capital High School
- 2015 – Nitro High School
- 2014 – Capital High School
- 2013 – Capital High School
- 2012 – Capital High School
- 2011 – Capital High School
- 2010 – Capital High School
- 2009 – Capital High School
- 2008 – Capital High School
- 2007 – Capital High School
- 2006 – Capital High School
- 2005 – Capital High School
- 2004 – Capital High School
- 2003 – Nitro High School
- 2002 – Capital High School
- 2001 – Nitro High School
- 2000 – George Washington High School
- 1999 – George Washington High School
- 1998 – George Washington High School
- 1997 – Capital High School
- 1996 – George Washington High School
- 1995 – Capital High School
- 1994 – George Washington High School
- 1993 – Capital High School
- 1992 – George Washington High School
- 1991 – George Washington High School
- 1990 – Capital High School
- 1989 – Capital High School
- 1988 – Herbert Hoover High School
- 1987 – Herbert Hoover High School
- 1986 – George Washington High School
- 1985 – DuPont High School
- 1984 – Herbert Hoover High School
- 1983 – Herbert Hoover High School
- 1982 – Herbert Hoover High School
- 1981 – Herbert Hoover High School
- 1980 – Herbert Hoover High School
- 1979 – Charleston High School
- 1978 – Sissonville High School
- 1977 – Herbert Hoover High School
- 1976 – Nitro High School
- 1975 – St. Albans High School
- 1974 – DuPont High School
- 1973 – St. Albans High School
- 1972 – St. Albans High School
- 1971 – DuPont High School
- 1970 – Herbert Hoover High School
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