Unionville High rocks weekend competitions

On Saturday, April 9, Unionville High musicians and performers rocked their respective championship competitions.

2016 UHS Indoor Color Guard

The Unionville High School Color Guard includes (first row from left) KC Simmons, Fiona Fox, Gwen Snavely, Victoria Childs, and Liam Riley. Second row: Rachel Hughes, Sarah Zrebeic, Sara Lezeu, Dakota Kilgariff, and Heather Rittler, and third row: Helen Nichols, Aisha Lunkins, Kyle Lacey, and Audrey Buchanan.

The Unionville High School Indoor Color Guard won first place at the Cavalcade of Bands Color Guard Championships Scholastic Regional A Division.  Following an undefeated season, they competed against eight color guards from southeastern Pennsylvania schools.

Their show, “At the Speakeasy,” is a lively routine with a 1920s flair. The students spun flags, rifles and sabres with complex choreography that had the crowd cheering.

The Unionville High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble took second place in a competitive field of 12 at the Mid-Atlantic Percussion Society Championships.  Their program, “Leave Your Mark.” is a musical introspective about making a difference in the world by doing one’s best, a routine that captivated both the audience and the judges.

2016 UHS Indoor Percussion Ensemble-1

Unionville High School Drumline  (from left in second row) are John Grossbauer, Trevor Seidel, Linyun Wang, Alison Harten, Ellie Kerns, Megan Atkinson, Lexie Grace, and Rose Lacey. Third row: Drew Hunt, Andrew Goodridge, Michael Dirnberger, Eric Folmar, Divyan Jain, Irene Liu, Dana Dirnberger, and Erin Harten. Top row: James Conway, Ryan Hastings, Michael Friedman , Thomas McClure, Sid Iyer, Julia Trigg, Linghai, Wang, and Harry Kolb. The front row includes staffers (from left) Cody Stafford, Chris Houck, Sean Clendening, Matt Marion.

The drumline is excited about competing in the World Guard International Percussion World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, from April 14 to April 17.  On Tuesday, April 12, the Unionville High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble will host a free Dayton sendoff show in the Unionville High gym.

Friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances and music lovers are invited to come out and enjoy the program "Leave Your Mark" one last time before the group heads to Dayton for the WGI World Championships.  Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show will last approximately 30 minutes.  The color guard will also do an encore performance of its award-winning show, “At the Speakeasy.”

The guard is directed by Mary Litzenberg, Jen Hilbish, Tanner Jones, Woody Kleintz, Kate Rittler and George Thomson. The drumline is under the direction of Cody Stafford, Trey Collins, Devon Bond, Matt Marion, Maria Graham, Sean Clendening, Brianna Dougherty and Chris Houck.

The recent performances are available for viewing on You Tube. For the color guard, click here. For drumline, click here.

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