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The Union City Invitational is a quality marching band competition that supports the needs of today’s music education students. Out event is designed to place focus on the positive aspect and benefits of performance. We choose judges that are second to none while providing an atmosphere that is positive and electric. The 2021 Union City Invitational will take place September 18th. This EARLY date was chosen in order to give you and your staff an early read with quality input and feedback. Often times your best input comes late in the season when it is too late to react and consider altering techniques or design issues which could make a huge difference in the success of your students. We look forward to sharing this great experience with you and your students.
Music - John D. Easley - Smyrna, TN
Music - Richie Wiliams - Paragould, AR
Music - Jereme Frey - Nashville, TN
Visual - Gilles Ouellette - Nashville, TN
Visual - Taylor Rock - Lexington, KY
Visual - Neil Konouchi - Nashville, TN
Color Guard - KC Perkins - Nashville, TN
Percussion - TBA
Drum Majors - Delana Easley - Smyrna, TN
Chief Judge - Blaine Bomar - Memphis, TN
Specific caption assignments will come closer to date.
The Union City Invitational judges are well-established experts in the music education, marching and pageantry field with their educational philosophy and background taken into consideration as much as their career accomplishments. Bands receive recorded evaluation and score sheets from each judge. The emphasis is on the input the judge offers into the band’s program via the recorded evaluation. The UCI adjudication system is based on TBA Marching band Evaluation System. We use a (6) person adjudication panel using all of the sheets, the three (3) music captions receive 200 points each with the Visual Performance Individual and the Visual Performance Ensemble scores averaged for a possible 200 points and the Visual Effect caption receiving the other 200 points. The final score is achieved by multiplying the total points earned by .10. You can see detailed information about this system as well as sample sheets at this TBA link. http://www.tennesseebandmasters.org/marching-band/
Along with the standard Visual and Music captions, we will be evaluating Color Guard, Percussion, and Drum Majors. We will be using the TBA Score Sheets for these various captions. Please see link above to look in detail.
Each band will be invited to a 20 minute critique with the judges panel. 10 minutes for Music and 10 minutes for Visual. Our judges are chosen specifically for the ability to participate in a constructive critique environment. Past adjudicators since 2016 include: Gino Capriani, Damon Padilla, KC Perkins, Joel Denton, Tim Allen, Christopher Lester, Julie Davila, Megan Feltes, Stephen Ferguson, Jeremy Frey, Carl Eppler, Kent Hinsaw, Scott Koter, Neil Konouchi, David McGrath, Albert Nguyen, Tim Pierce, Ken Snoeck, and W. Dale Warren.
Bands are classified by the number of MUSICIANS (Winds and Percussion) for contest.
After much consideration and discussions with band directors, UCI will change formats from a prelim/finals format to a one time performance for all bands. This decision was made due to the weather for early season contests. The heat is a contributing factor to many of our students, directors, and fans. The contest will be an evening competition for all bands. A schedule will be determined by the number of competing bands. As always, bands that enter early will have the latest spots for performance within their class. We will still have a judges' critique at the conclusion of the contest for all directors should they decide to participate. In addition, we will no longer charge an entry fee for UCI. It is our hope that this schedule change will make for a more conducive environment for a great performance.
Registration is now open!
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2021 Union City Invitational Schedule.
1305 High School Drive, Union City, Tennessee 38261, United States