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 20209 drum majors are Emily Tortora, Natalia McCullough, & Caitlin Pierpont. The student leaders are responsible for directing the band while they perform on the field. The brass captain is Ethan Jones, the woodwind captain is Lizzy Wilson, the sideline percussion captain is Jaqaries Donaldson, the field percussion captain is Zac Cash.
Recent awards include straight superior rating at all competitions. They also include third place overall at the 2019 Midway High School band competition with a superior rating. Runner-Up Grand Champion spot at the Clayton High School band competition with the top overall General Effect of the day, Grand Champion at 2019 East Randolph Wildcat Band Classic with 1st place Drum Major, Color Guard, Percussion, General Effect, Visual Performance, and Music overall! Grand Champion at the 2019 Lee County Brick Capital Classic with top place in 5A competition in Music, General Effect, and Music while earning the Brian Tyner Music Award which is the highest music score regardless of class.
Awards for the past few years include straight superior ratings at all competitions with a first place finish in 5A bands, visual ensemble, drum major, percussion, marching execution, and music at the 2018 Lee County Brick Capital Classic. Runner-up Grand Champion, first place visual ensemble, and drum major at Triton High School. Second place band in 4A competition with first place in marching, percussion, and drum major at the 2018 Pinecrest Band Fest.
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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