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Derik Vanderford|Daily TimesThe UCHS Marching Band practices on a field outside the band room during summer band camp.
Derik Vanderford|Daily TimesThe UCHS Marching Band practices on a field outside the band room during summer band camp.
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SPARTANBURG — The Union County High School Marching Band will take advantage of a special opportunity at Wofford College.


The UCHS marching band — a.k.a. The Sting Machine — will be the guest band during the Wofford Terriers’ football home opener on Saturday, Sept. 13.


The band will take part in the pre-game “Terrier Walk” parade into the stadium, as well as perform at halftime and provide music from the stands during the game.


The game will also serve as a way for the band to raise money, as discounted tickets are available for friends, family and supporters of The Sting Machine. Wofford will give 25 percent of proceeds from tickets sold at this discounted rate back to the Union County Band Aide Club.


The discounted rate is $10 per ticket, and tickets are “best available” seats. All tickets will be left at Will Call at Gibbs Stadium. The discount tickets must be purchased by phone no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, by calling 864-597-4023.


Wofford will play North Greenville in the home opener at a 7 p.m. game time.


Among the Stars


At 70 students strong this year, The Sting Machine’s show for this marching band season is entitled “Among the Stars.”


Band Director Matt Chastain said the idea of the show is about a child who dreams of being an astronaut. The songs in the show include “The New Moon in the Old Moon’s Arms” by Michael Karmen, “Children’s Song No. 1” by Chick Corea, “Jupiter” by Gustav Holst, “Mars” by Gustav Holst, and “Clair de Lune.”


Chastain said he expects a very successful season for this year’s marching band.


“The work ethic this year has been the best I’ve seen,” Chastain said.


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