WCU band wins Sudler Trophy

The West Chester University Marching Band in competition. West Chester University’s Wells School of Music announced Monday that the Incomparable Golden Marching Band is the recipient of the distinguished 2019 Sudler Trophy. Presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the Sudler Trophy is known as the “Heisman Trophy of the collegiate band world.” It is awarded every other year to a college...

UHS Marching Band ready for 2016-17

The Unionville High School Marching Band. EAST MARLBOROUGH — The 82 dedicated musicians and color guard of the Unionville High School Marching Band spent the last days of their summer vacation transforming themselves into a precise, professional and synchronized unit. They learned the rewards of striving as a team toward a shared goal – the performance of this year’s show “Tribal Voices.” The...

UHS band wins at TaxSlayer Bowl

While Penn State fans might have been disappointed by the outcome of the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, the Unionville High School Marching Band came home with a great deal to brag about. The band won First Place, overall band and Grand Champions, competing against bands from around the nation, all in town to perform at the nationally-televised college football bowl game. As Grand Champions, Unionville...

WCU Marching Band to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The West Chester University Marching Band. WEST CHESTER — West Chester University’s Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band is one of only 10 U.S. marching bands to participate in the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. NBC10 will broadcast the parade from NYC at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26. “We are taking West Chester’s party to New York,” says WCU’s Director of...

Unionville HS band to perform at TaxSlayer Bowl

The Unionville High School Marching Band. EAST MARLBOROUGH — WorldStrides OnStage programs has invited the marching band from Unionville High School to perform at the TaxSlayer Bowl. They will join marching bands from across the country in the halftime show finale of this major college bowl game. An invitation to perform at the TaxSlayer Bowl is an honor reserved only for the most talented student...

Road to the ‘Roses’: excitement builds as Honors Band gears-up for Pasadena

A sneak-peak of uniforms, logistics & fundraising  By Kim Chiomento, Staff Writer, The Times KENNETT – The long and very exciting journey is nearly complete for the 154 member Calvacade of Bands Honors Band; scheduled to participate in the iconic 126th Tournament of Roses Parade – Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. This huge logistical undertaking is being lead by Unionville High’s...

School board ends band mandate

Some members leave door open to making marching band a for-credit activity in the future By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — The Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education unanimously voted Monday night to change the marching band at Unionville High School from a co-curricular activity to an extra-curricular activity, but some members held out the possibility that marching band...

Lance Armstong and the Pa. GOP: soul brothers?

If winning is all that matters, who cares about a little a lot of cheating? By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Lots to discuss this frosty weekend in January, so instead of the more typical main subject matter, indulge me and try to follow a thread of complicated technology, overt party politics, acoustics and just about a little bit of everything people are talking about in the Unionville area...

Board likely to drop band mandate

Board of Education appears poised to change marching band to extra-curricular activity By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The Unionville High School Marching Band, seen here in action at Disney World in 2012, will likely no longer be mandatory for the school’s music students, after a vote next Tuesday. EAST MARLBOROUGH — The Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education appears poised to end...

Giving thanks, and a little advice

A third annual Thanksgiving column that might not leave everyone so thankful for me…. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times It is hard to think that after just two years, we at The Times could have anything like a tradition, but this is amazingly, the third annual Thanksgiving column. Not surprisingly, I have much to be thankful for, from the tens of thousands of readers, dozens of advertisers...