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.
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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. Due to COVID-19, this event has, however, been deferred to 2021.
“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 few 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.
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.
Director of Union Bands