Union City Invitational

The purpose of this post is to inform you about the many details surrounding our bands participation in the Union City Marching Invitational, our first contest of the year!  Please read this post in its entirety to ensure that you are informed of each detail.

On September 17th, we will be traveling to West Tennessee to participate in a contest at Union City High School.  Taking this trip across the state provides these students with a unique experience that most of them have never experienced that they will remember forever!

Union City High School is approximately 3 hours from Antioch High School.  Because of this distance, and because there is a good chance we will be selected to participate in the "finals" performance that happens in the evening, we have chosen to NOT return to AHS that night, but to stay overnight at a hotel in Union City.  The students will report to AHS at 6am on Saturday, September 17th and will be bussed from AHS to UCHS.  The students will participate in the contest throughout the day and into the evening and will then be bussed to the hotel.  Students will wake up on Sunday, September 18th, have breakfast in the hotel and will then be bussed back to AHS with an approximate arrival time being 12:30pm

Students will be lodged in the hotel in groups of 4 by gender.  They will be filling out rooming requests in class within the next couple of weeks.  While in the hotel, students will be under the supervision of 8 members of the marching band staff, along with 8 parent "chaperones" all who have extensive experience working with students.

There is NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE for this trip.  Funds to pay for bussing and hotels were all acquired by fair share payments and significant fundraising efforts over the summer.  Students will NOT have to pay for their hotel rooms.  Students will be expected to bring $6 to pay for their dinner, which is a spaghetti dinner being provided by the Union City Band Boosters.  Events like this can only take place when parents and students stay current and up to date on their "fair share" payments.  Please make sure you are doing so!

ALL MARCHING BAND STUDENTS will be expected to be in attendance at this contest.  If certain circumstances require your student to return home on Saturday evening, or any time before our scheduled arrival back at AHS on Sunday, you must arrange your own method of transportation for your student.  If that is the case, you will be taking your student home from Union City on Saturday night, and they will not be staying with us at the hotel, I need to know that information AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

As with every contest, we encourage ALL parents to attend!  The students perform better when they have an army of support in the stands cheering them on!  An adult ticket for the entire day (both Prelims and Finals) is $18.  Children ages 5-12 are $5. 
As I mentioned previously, we are offering a handful of travel packages for parents and families.  These packages will include charter bus transportation to and from Union City, and hotel accommodations with the band.  Please stay tuned for this information and act quickly as spots are limited!

For those of you choosing to travel on your own, there are a few hotels in the area that are available. 

The students and staff will be housed at the following hotel.  Please do NOT call to book your own room here.  They will tell you the hotel is full as we have most of the rooms blocked off and are getting a great deal on the rooms.
Quality Inn by Choice Hotels
2201 Reelfoot Avenue, Union City, TN 38261
(731) 885-8850

Other hotels within 15 minutes of Union City High School:

Hospitality House
1221 W Reelfoot Ave, Union City, TN 38261
(731) 885-6610

Country Hearth Inn and Suites
2009 West Reelfoot Avenue, Union City, TN 38261
(731) 885-7774

Hampton Inn Martin
5575 Skyhawk Pkwy, Martin, TN 38237
(731) 587-5800

Econo Lodge Martin
853 University St, Martin, TN 38237
(731) 587-4241

Please stay tuned as there will be a much more detailed itinerary coming out within the next couple of weeks.  Some parents may be nervous about sending their child on an overnight event with their friends, but I assure you, the staff in place has the experience to execute the logistics of this trip with ease.  I spent three summers traveling with groups of more than 200 across Europe.  Taking 140 of the best high school students around to West Tennessee will be very manageable!  The students are VERY excited about this opportunity and I am beyond thrilled to be able to help provide a wonderful educational experience for them while allowing them to have a blast with some of their closest friends!

As usual, please do not hesitate to e-mail me with ANY questions you might have!