17th Annual Viking Classic Marching Band Competition

Union Pines Marching Vikings Host
17th Annual Viking Classic Marching Band Competition
Saturday, Oct. 24th at Union Pines High School

The Union Pines Marching Vikings will be hosting the 17th annual Viking Classic marching band competition on Saturday, October 24th from 1:00 pm until 9:30 pm at Union Pines High School.  Admission to the event is $5.00 and several concessions will offer a variety of food.  This is a major fundraiser that will enable the Marching Vikings to purchase much needed new instruments, uniforms, equipment, and to cover transportation costs, another huge expense.  There will be 21 bands in competition ranging from Class 1A to Class 4A.  Come prepared to have a fun-filled day and be entertained by great music and shows. The opening ceremonies will begin at 1: 15 pm and the first band will perform at 1:30 pm.  Many bands will follow with an awards ceremony for all classes at 8:30.  The Union Pines Marching Vikings will be performing at exhibition along with the UNC Pembroke Marching Band before the awards ceremony. The UNC Pembroke Drumline will also perform at intermission between the 2A and 3A bands. Trophies will be presented by the Union Pines Marching Viking Seniors.
This year, the Marching Vikings are proud to present Spies, a marching show that takes you on a mission that a secret agent would be expected to complete.  In Accepting the Mission, we set up the plot as the hero is contacted by the agency and sent on a mission.  Mysterious Shadows reveals clues to the mission which are found in a cavern, shrouded in mystery.  Our hero gathers and begins pursuing the clues when he suddenly encounters mysterious lady, in Lady with a Secret.  The hero confronts the antagonist whom he must vanquish in order to complete his mission in The Nemesis.  Our hero must work quickly and heroically to disable an illusionary explosive device to save the planet from destruction in The Doomsday Device!  Finally, since no spy story would be complete without a swingin’ and stylish getaway, we will recreate an exciting ending in A Cool Getaway!
The Marching Vikings take the field under the direction of Mr. Rob Hill.  The Marching Vikings’ assistant director is Ms. Jessica Traversino, the colorguard instructor is Mrs. Cori Dunn, and the percussion instructors are Mr. Wayne Osborne and Mr. Tom Bernett. The 2009 student drum majors are Murphy Pilson, April Shiflett, and Maggie Trout who are responsible for directing the band while performing on the field.  The brass captain is Sierra Bunnell, the woodwind captain is Callen Leak, the sideline percussion captains are Whitley Smith and AJ Rackl, the field percussion captains are Brooke Epley and Kailyn Mangrum, and the colorguard captains are Rebekah Williams and Lindsey Burns.
This year, the Marching Vikings have received straight superior ratings and took Grand Champion at the Pinecrest Bandfest and placed first overall in their class at the Terry Sanford Bulldog Invitational. They took 1st place colorguard at South View along with the spirit award and the peoples choice award which is determined by the audiences favorite band of the day.  They will also be competing at Cape Fear, and Lee County this season.  Last year, the Marching Vikings had an outstanding season, having placed in every competition entered for class 4A. They competed at Scotland County, Pinecrest, South View, Fuquay-Varina, and Lee County. Their awards included superior ratings, and first places for marching, general effect, music, drum majors, color guard, and percussion.  The Marching Vikings also received first place in overall Class 4A competitions, to include two Grand Champion Trophies for highest overall score of the day, and the Peoples Choice Award voted on by the audience for favorite band of the day, where up to 22 bands throughout the state have competed.
Thanks to all the local businesses and parents that contributed to making this year’s Viking Classic a success.  Also, the Union Pines band students will begin their annual two week fruit sale starting in November.  The fruit will be delivered in early December.  If you are interested in fresh Florida fruit and supporting the band, contact any Union Pines band member or Mr. Hill at Union Pines High School.  You may visit the bands website at www.unionpinesband.org for more pertinent information about the band and their performance schedules.  Thanks for your support!

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