The Union Band recently finished second place in the Class 2A State Championships.
The Union Band recently finished second place in the Class 2A State Championships.
The Pride Of Union, led by band directors Adam and Katie DeVenney, put the finishing touches on a successful 2019 marching season with a second place finish at the MHSAA Class 2A State Championships in Pearl, Miss. It was the band’s fourth runner-up finish at the championships and their third in four years. 

It was the last contest for 28 UHS members.  Those senior members are: Savanna Smith, Olivia Smith, Isabella Hicks, Amber McDonald, Mattye Meador, Julian Harmon, Nathan Vance, James Spreafico, Montana Butler, Seth Sessums, Trint Barfoot, Zac LeBlanc, Garret Johnston, Nate Moore, Peyton Robertson, Tyler Nelson, Kayleigh Vance, Kay Germany, Aly Goul, Allison Watson, Megan Graham, Hanna Richardson, Kayla Tucker, Sam Hancock, Maggie Weeks, Blake Burkes, and Dustin Welborn. 

This year’s marching theme was “The Greatest Generation, Tribute to the Veterans of World War Two.”

Adam DeVenny shared his thoughts on this year’s band theme, the seniors, and on the marching season. 

“This year’s theme was suggested by a band parent, Cory Boatwright at last year’s championships,” DeVenny said. “Obviously, it was a great suggestion and we are very much appreciative. The strongest building block to any program is support from the parents, school, and community. 

“We are blessed to have all three here in Union.”

Two examples of the type of support the band has received, DeVenny said, are parents helping out every day and teachers making encouraging posters for the band students. 

“I feel the greatest strength among our band members is a willingness to help and encourage those around them,” he said. “If they see that someone is having a bad day, or struggling with their music, there is always someone there to help them through whatever issue they may be facing. 

DeVenny said Saturday’s performance was the best his band had put together all season. 

“The energy and emotion levels were through the roof and really got the crowd on their feet,” he said. “It was fantastic. Mrs. D and I hope that each graduate can take away a sense of accomplishment after being a part of this organization for eight years. We also hope that life skills such as time management and teamwork will help them in their future careers.”