Barboursville pays tribute to the director of the school orchestra with a day that bears his name


A decade of state titles for the Cabell County group

BARBOURSVILLE, WV (WOWK) – Tuesday, December 21, 2021 has been declared “Timothy James” day in the village of Barboursville by Mayor Chris Tatum. James is the principal of the 10-time West Virginia State Champion Marching Band at Cabell-Midland High School.

Timothy James (left) honored by Barboursville Mayor Chris Tatum’s proclamation (right) Photo: Christy Scibek

In a ceremony at the village council meeting held at Barboursville Middle School, Tatum read a proclamation in honor of James and to recognize the group’s 10th consecutive title and the first victory for the Governor’s Cup last fall.

Proclamation of Timothy James Day in Barboursville

Everyone knows there are 10 state championships under this man’s belt… that’s a pretty incredible achievement and we wanted to honor Mr. James and the Marching Knights tonight.

Chris Tatum, Mayor of Barboursville

“Tim James is the most awarded marching band director in state history with 153 major championships,” said Randall Reid-Smith, curator of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History who was also present.

Cabell Midland Marching Knights performs “I Too Am An American” at the Philip Barbour HS – Video: Susan Adkins

Under James’ leadership, with his team, the Cabell Midland Marching Knights enjoyed an undefeated competitive season in 2021, including wins at the West Virginia Marching Band Invitational and the Inaugural Governor’s Cup in late October.

James was a marching band principal, music and arts teacher for almost 40 years, and led groups to win victories at Cabell Midland, James Monroe, and Huntington High School throughout his career.

“Sir. James is a respectable teacher with a great passion for music. I am grateful for his dedication to helping students appreciate and develop their musical potential,” said one of his current students, Owen Scibek.

The school’s Jazz Knights group performed Christmas music for those in attendance at the council meeting and James told 13 News he was “very honored” by the proclamation.

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