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Renegade Regiment

The Union High School Renegade Regiment Marching Band holds a long list of honors and recognition as a result of its longstanding tradition of striving for excellence in both music performance and marching. 

The uniqueness of the Union High School band resides in its consistently meeting high standards in all aspects of music performance.  The marching program is recognized across the United States as an innovator in costuming, props, music and show design. The excitement generated by brilliant uniforms, quality musical performance, and marching precision are the elements that attract crowds and draw rave reviews and positive responses from judges across the United States.

Visit the Union Bands website - which also contains information about the band department, schedules, proper forms, information about events, percussion, color guard, and alumni. 

The band has been a consistent finalist in the Bands of America competitions across the United States for the past 20 years. 

From St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio, West Virginia, Flagstaff, and Indianapolis, the band has made finalist appearances in regional competitions every year, including winning the 2000 Bands of America Super-Regional Championship in St. Louis, MO.  The marching band has placed in the top 20 or top 10 in multiple trips to the Indianapolis Grand National Championship.

After a successful season in the fall of 2018, it was announced in the spring of 2019 that the Renegade Regiment had been selected to participate in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, representing the state of Oklahoma. This will mark the second Parade appearance by the band, having previously appeared in 2013. The Renegade Regiment will join the Parade to the call of “Let’s Have a Parade,” the iconic phrase that has signaled the start of every Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1924.

“Union High School Marching Band is truly the total package,” said Wesley Whatley, creative producer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “They continuously and flawlessly combine boundless artistry and creativity with precision and passion on the field each fall. Macy’s Band Selection Committee is proud to welcome back the accomplished Renegade Regiment to the 2020 Macy’s Parade!”

“Union’s Renegade Regiment is ecstatic about having the opportunity to once again represent Oklahoma in the spectacle that is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Charles Pisarra, band director and associate director of Fine Arts for Union Public Schools.  “There is no greater feeling in the world than to have our talented musicians and performers on display for the world to see.  I guarantee we will be in fine form.” 

The Renegade Regiment will spend the next 18 months planning for their parade appearance. Rehearsals and creative fundraising events not only bring the school and the community closer, but also prepare the students for the march of a lifetime.

For more than 90 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has given thanks to what Macy’s values most –- its loyal fans. More than 5,000 Macy’s employees and dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to create a spectacular event that entertains the cheerful crowds and provides joy to millions at home watching on Thanksgiving Day.  Stretching down a more than two-mile-long route in New York City, the spectacle is alive with gleaming color, music and smiles.

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About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For more than 90 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons.  For more information on the Macy’s Parade, please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.

 

 

 

Contact

Charles Pisarra

Charles Pisarra
Director of Union Bands

Phone: 918-461-7814
Fax:  918-461-7898

Union Bands Calendar 

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District Announcement

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.

Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.

May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.  Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.  May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Administrative Changes Announced

Scott Pennington named director of new Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning Department;   Clayton Hucke named interim 7th Grade Principal

Dear Union Parents and Guardians: 

I am excited to announce that Mr. Scott Pennington, principal at the Union 6th & 7th Grade Center, has been asked to lead a new department within Teaching and Learning entitled Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning. As you know, we are in the second year of our five-year district strategic plan. One of the elements of this plan is Union’s Learning Model that focuses on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social and emotional learning.

As we continuously evaluate our data, and hear from teachers and our site leaders, there continues to be a dominant narrative that more must be done to address the social and emotional development of our students. Collectively speaking, our teachers continue to do amazing work in providing dynamic learning experiences for our students. It is now time for us to articulate a tiered approach to addressing unwanted student behaviors and student trauma – at all grade levels – while also fostering greater hope and confidence in our students’ lives. The idea is that we will be more proactive in our efforts, providing counseling and guidance to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. I firmly believe this will make a positive difference in our students’ lives and in the learning culture of our buildings.

Mr. Pennington’s work as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal make him uniquely qualified to lead in this new position. In addition to this change, I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Clay Hucke, assistant principal at Union High School, has been asked to serve as an interim principal at the Sixth & Seventh Grade Center. Mr. Hucke has done an outstanding job at the high school and he looks forward to serving the students, staff, and parents at this site.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Pennington and Mr. Hucke. These moves will become effective January 1, 2020.

Respectfully,

Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Union Public Schools

Board of Education Considers Policy Changes

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions, which may be viewed here. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to [email protected].

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to board@unionps.org.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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