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UCHS band prepares for season, trip to D.C.

As the school year begins, so does the work of the Unicoi County High School Blue Devil band.
According to director Evangeline Hurter, there is a noticeable difference right off the bat.
“The band has begun to grow in size,” Hurter said. “It’s the largest it’s been in five years and will continue to increase in numbers over the next few years, creating a lot of excitement surrounding the UCHS band program.”
Growing numbers aren’t the only thing creating excitement. The band has been nominated by Congressman Phil Roe to be a representative of the state of Tennessee in the 2016 Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., an honor which was accepted with great pride, Hurter said.
“The band needs your support to represent our community on this national stage,” she added.
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“While Washington is exciting, so is the halftime show for this year’s football season,” Hurter also said. “The show is entitled ‘Somebody’ and tells the story of love found, love lost and the hope of love again. Tunes will include: ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody,’ ‘Somebody That I Used to Know,’ ‘Love Somebody’ and ‘Somebody To Love’.”
The UCHS band will begin competition season on Sept. 26. The location of this competition will be announced in the future, as will the location of a competition on Oct. 17.
Other competitions will include the Trail Blazer Band Bash at Daniel Boone High School on Oct. 10 and the Hilltopper Invitational at Science Hill High School on Oct. 24.
“We hope you will come out and watch a performance this season and help the band support the football team on Friday nights,” Hurter said.