UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School indoor percussion group came home with a first place win on Saturday.
The UCHS indoor percussion group won first place in the Percussion Scholastic A Class at the CIPA (Carolina Indoor Performance Association) qualifier contest at Dorman High School on Saturday.
Director Matt Chastain is in his third year with the group, and he said his students are learning the value of commitment.
“The students are starting to understand the whole idea of ‘if they work really, really hard, it’s going to pay off,’” Chastain said. “It takes dedication, time and commitment, and now they are reaping the fruits of their labor.”
Saturday’s competition was the first one this season in which Union County’s indoor percussion group — consisting of 29 students — played their new show, “The Right.”
The show creatively reflects its title in numerous ways. For example, there is a giant green arrow on the floor which points to the audience’s right, and there are times when the percussionists will only play with their right hands. Chastain said the group also takes a less literal approach with portions of the show such as a silent drill which plays on the “right” to remain silent. The show also includes “The ‘Rite’ of Spring.”
Chastain said that in years past, the group has worried more about the audience’s response than that of the judges, which has hurt them at past competitions. He said this show was designed to balance what will entertain audiences with what judges will like.
“The judges gushed about the show on Saturday — so mission accomplished,” Chastain smiled.
Chastain said he 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.
The group will return to Dorman High School for their next competition — the WGI (Winter Guard International) regional competition including groups from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Georgia — on March 1.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234.