By Derik Vanderford firstname.lastname@example.org
March 4, 2014
UNION COUNTY — Both the Indoor Percussion and Winter Guard groups were successful during competitions over the weekend.
On Saturday, the Union County High School Winter Guard team won first place at a CIPA (Carolina Indoor Performance Association) Competition held at Blue Ridge High School in Greer. The UCHS Winter guard — under the direction of Kathryn Patterson and Andrew Lecture — placed first in the Scholastic Regional A Division. Former UCHS Winter guard member Bess Lawson also assists with the group. Other teams that competed in the Scholastic Regional A Division on Saturday included winter guards from Gaffney High School, Asheville High School and TL Hanna High School.
The UCHS Winter Guard’s 2014 show is called “Turn to Stone,” which Patterson described as a metaphor for life. Performers begin the show as statues, symbolizing being born as blank slates. Red flags and arm bands are then introduced, symbolizing life’s happiness, joys and celebrations. There are also moments in the show when performers freeze, and other performers come and “encourage them” back to life. At the finale, the audience sees visuals of big, beautiful red flags before the performers “turn back to stone” again.
The UCHS Indoor Percussion group — under the direction of Matthew Chastain — also competed Saturday, in a WGI (Winter Guard International) regional competition which included groups from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Virginia. Union County High School placed 5th in the Percussion Scholastic A division. There were a total of eight schools in Union County’s division. UCHS came in 4th in two categories — general effect and music — and 6th in the visual category.
The group’s show for this year is called “The Right,” creatively reflecting the title in various ways such as having a giant green arrow on the floor which points to the audience’s right. There are times when the percussionists play with only their right hands. Less literal interpretations are displayed with a silent drill, playing on the “right” to remain silent and the piece titled “The ‘Rite’ of Spring.”
Chastain, Patterson, Lecture and Lawson said they would like to thank the parents and community for their support all of the UCHS ensembles and all they do to make opportunities for students possible.
This Saturday, March 8, both groups will perform during CIPA competitions at Spartanburg High School. Percussion groups will begin performances at noon, and guards’ performances will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234, Ext. 29.