union city bands

​​​​​​​​​​​​Excellence...Our Heritage...Our Commitment


​Competition is woven into the very fabric of America.  The Union City Invitational and Union City Bands believe that competing is a great motivator and provides amazing opportunities for learning life-lessons. The essence of competition is in the striving for performance excellence and being held accountable for learning. If the focus is on the learning, the competitive climate will be a source extremely valuable in life. On the other hand, the negativity associated with “winning at all costs” will be a detriment to personal growth. Winning is certainly a monumental benchmark, as is any measurement in the competitive arena. Performing your very best in competition is also a benchmark, as is competing with the very best programs. By choosing to participate in competition, individuals and groups have
already “won” simply by being highly motivated.

The competitive arena provides a very precious opportunity to practice quality sportsmanship and sincere appreciation for the hard work of others. It also is the place where the very best models in our activity can be displayed and celebrated. All performers need models to demonstrate possibility at the highest levels of performance and artistry. We encourage all participants to stay for Finals showing appreciation for those models, and for Finalists to  congratulate each other for their successes. As all programs continue to improve through motivation, the competition strengthens everyone pushing us beyond what
we believed to be our potential. Each and every band performance is a gift to us all and must be treasured. First place is fleeting, but the learning associated with the striving for excellence, the cooperative work ethic, and the appreciation of others is everlasting. The Union City Invitational encourages participants, parents and friends to celebrate the high value of the competitive environment for its lessons and to become immersed in “Celebrating the Passion for Excellence.”

2019 Adjudication Team



The Union City  Invitational judges are well- established experts in the music education, marching and pageantry field with their educational philosophy and background taken into consideration as much as their career accomplishments.  Bands receive recorded evaluation and score sheets from each judge. The emphasis is on the input the judge offers into the band’s program via the recorded evaluation. The UCI adjudication system is based on TBA Marching Band Evaluation System.  We use a (6) person adjudication panel using all of the sheets, the three (3) music captions receive 200 points each with the Visual Performance Individual and the Visual Performance Ensemble scores averaged for a possible 200 points and the Visual Effect caption receiving the other 200 points. The final score is achieved by multiplying the total points earned by .10. You can see detailed information about this system as well as sample sheets at this TBA Link  http://www.tennesseebandmasters.org/marching-band/

Each of the 10 Finalist  Bands will be invited to a 20 minute critique with the judges panel. 10 Minutes for Music and 10 Minutes for Visual. Our judges are chosen specifically for their ability to participate in a constructive critique environment. Past adjudicators since 2016 include: Gino Cipriani , Damon Padilla, KC Perkins, Joel Denton,Tim Allen, Christopher Lester, Julie Davila, Megan Feltes, Stephen Ferguson,  Jereme Frey, Carl Eppler, Kent Hisaw, Scott Koter, Neil Konouchi, David McGrath,  Albert Nguyen, Tim Pierce, Ken Snoeck, W. Dale Warren,  NOTE: 2018 Procedures have changed and are available in the Procedures Manual.

​​​​​​​​The Union City Invitational- September 14, 2019

The Union City Invitational is a quality marching band competition that supports the needs of today’s music education students. Our event is designed to place focus on the positive aspects and benefits of performance. We choose evaluators that are second to none while providing an atmosphere that is positive and electric. The 2019 Union City Invitational will take place on September 14th. This EARLY date was chosen in order to give you and your staff an early read with quality input and feedback. Often times your best input comes late in the season when it is too late to react and consider altering techniques or design issues which could make a huge difference in the success of your students.  We look forward to sharing this great experience with you and your students.

Preliminary Competition

Prelim performance times are scheduled based on postmark date (we also accept faxes and electronic entries) of application with the earlier postmark receiving the later performance time. 

Finals Competition

Finalist bands will be announced at the conclusion of the Preliminary Awards Ceremony.  The top 10 scoring bands regardless of class will advance to the evening’s Finals Competition. If a Class Champion is not among the highest scoring bands advancing to Finals, they will perform at Finals in exhibition. Performance order is determined by a “Top 5/ Bottom 5” Draw.  The top 10 Scoring Finalist Bands will get a 20 Minute critique session with the adjudication panel during the dinner break. 


Bands are classified by the number of MUSICIANS (Winds and Percussion)  for Preliminary Competition.

Competitors moving on to the evening's Finals Competition will compete for Finals Placement regardless of class.

  • Class A 1-29 Musicians
  • Class AA 30-50 Musicians
  • Class AAA 51-69 Musicians
  • Class AAAA 70-105 Musicians
  • Class AAAAA 106 or More Musicians.

We do not announce or publish band classifications before or during events so that no one, including judges, has preconceived expectations of a band’s performance based on class. The adjudicators are to judge what they hear and see without regard to classification.