The Marching Vikings compete in the largest divisions, classes 4A and 5A. Although Union Pines High School is classified as a 3A school the band competes in the larger divisions due to the large size of the band, an impressive statistic that isn’t typical for high school bands. The band also represents around 13 percent of the school's population, another equally impressive statistic.
The Marching Vikings take the field under the direction of Rob Hill. The color guard director is Les Simms. The percussion instructor is Donnie Bentley. The 2019 drum majors are Maddisyn Braun, Emily Sammons, and Emily Tortora. The student leaders are responsible for directing the band while they perform on the field. The brass captain is Lukas Smith, the woodwind captain is Emily Davis, the sideline percussion captain is Riley Horne, the field percussion captain is Chase Kirmse, and the color guard captain is Bailey Davis.
Recent awards include straight superior ratings at all competitions with a first place finish in visual ensemble at the Pinecrest Band Fest, and a second place finish in class 4A at state level completion at the Wakefield Heart of Carolina invitational. They also were a regional qualifier and competed in the Bands of America competition at Wake Forest University.
Awards for the past few years include the Runner-Up Grand Champion spot at the Pinecrest Bandfest with the top overall percussion and visual ensemble scores of the day, 1st place band and top overall score at the 2014 Pinecrest Bandfest, Grand Champion at the 2014 Southview Rumble in the Jungle, Grand Champion at the 2013 Lee County Brick Capital Classic, and 1st place in class 4A at the 2013 Forestview Jaguar Classic with top overall scores in percussion and marching. They also took 1st place finishes in music; general effect, marching, and color guard where there were as many as 25 bands in competition. In competition, the judged caption categories are Music, Marching, Color Guard, Drum Major, Percussion, and General Effect (the combination of the overall visual aspect of music, marching, and color guard combined).
The Marching Vikings also recently represented the state of North Carolina at the National Festival of States performance in Philadelphia, and have also been the North Carolina bands representative for the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C., and for concert band performance in San Antonio, Texas.
Visit the Schedule page for the band's upcoming performance schedule.
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