WV Youth Symphony – Spring Concert

Charleston, WV – May 5, 2013

Videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/drandrewblackwood

Kanawha River Row – 1x

Had a nice row with my former coach, Jeff Chiparo, on the Kanawha River.

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Capital HS Band – Ripley Vikingfest 2012


  • Auxiliary – 2nd Place
  • Twirler – 1st Place
  • Field Commander – 2nd Place
  • Percussion – 2nd Place
  • Band – 2nd Place
  • Overall – 2nd Runner-up Grand Champion

CHS Band – Kanawha County Daily Mail Band and Majorette Festival


  • Grand Champions

Capital HS – Poca Heritage Day Band Festival

Division I – Class A Awards

  • Color Guard – 2nd Place
  • Drum Major – 2nd Place
  • Percussion – 2nd Place
  • Band – 1st Place
  • Outstanding Marching – 1st Place
  • Outstanding Music – 1st Place
  • Outstanding Show Design – 1st Place
  • Grand Champions


Capital HS vs Riverside HS – Pregame Show

Capital HS vs Riverside HS – Halftime Show

WVYSO European Tour Send-Off Concert

CHARLESTON, WV — On Sunday, June 10, 2012, the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra performed their European Tour Send-Off concert at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences – West Virginia. The videos below represent the first half of their tour show. Molly is principal cellist. We depart on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, for the ten day tour.

  • Arrive in Budapest, Hungary (performance)
  • Banska Bystrica, Slovakia (performance)
  • Krakow, Poland
  • Brno, Czech Republic
  • Vienna, Austria (performance)

2012 Bayer Symphony Sunday

CHARLESTON, WV — A 30-year annual tradition on the river lawn of the University of Charleston is Bayer Symphony Sunday. This year, Molly performed with the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra as principal cellist.

Row with Jeff

Jeff Chiparo, my coach from the University of Charleston back in 1984-88, joined me on the water today in his single. You might see him in some of the video. The Women’s 8+ from the UC was also out on the water. Lots of debris from a lock flush – yuck.