We believe the study of instrumental music is a vital part of our school curriculum and is beneficial for students in many areas of their lives. Learning to play an instrument and being a part of a successful school band fosters discipline, cooperation, self-esteem, creativity, critical thinking, leadership, and personal responsibility. For many students, experience in band leads to a lifetime of participation in music and the arts.
• To teach instrumental music education through performance
• To develop performance skills and techniques
• To provide an ensemble/group experience requiring commitment
• To provide some of the musical needs of the school and community
• To develop life skills through cooperation and reaching goals
It is the mission of the Union County Band Department to make a positive difference in the lives of the band members by providing musical experiences and performances, and to assist them in achieving their potential as they develop confidence, cooperation, leadership, responsibility and high standards of excellence and character, individually and as members of the band program.
Mr. Drew Connolly
Drew Connolly is the Director of Bands at Union County High School, where he has been since 2018. During his tenure, the band has qualified for the South Carolina State Marching Band Championships, has placed several students in All Region and All State bands, and has had several students receive excellent and superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble festivals. Prior to his time at UCHS, he was the Director of Bands at Lancaster High School in Lancaster, SC. Mr. Connolly received his Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from the University of South Carolina, where he studied saxophone with Dr. Clifford Leaman, and his Masters in Music Education from Florida State University . He has studied conducting with Scott Weiss, Patrick Dunnigan, Richard Clary, and Alexander Jiminez.
As a performer, Mr. Connolly has played with the Carolina Wind Symphony and the Converse College Wind Ensemble. At USC, he performed with the Symphonic Winds, Swing Shift Big Band, the “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” Marching Band, ConCOCKtion Pep Bands, USC Sax Choir, and the USC University Band (clarinet).
Mr. Connolly spent four years serving on the highly regarded SWAG Team at the the Music for All Summer Symposium, a team of 40 servant leaders that help to guide over 1,000 student participants from across the world each year at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. As an arranger, his music has been performed by schools in South Carolina, including the USC Marching Band. As a drill designer, he has written for high school marching bands in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Mr. Connolly is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi (National Honorary Band Fraternity), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA). He currently lives in Spartanburg, SC with his wife, Kayla, and their two dogs, Bryson and Chip.
Mr. Roger Whitt
Mr. Whitt is currently Director of Bands at Jonesville Elementary and Middle School. A graduate of Furman University with degrees in Music Performance and Instrumental Music Education, Mr. Whitt has 23 years of teaching experience in band in schools across South Carolina. In addition, he served for 13 years as Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Anderson University. From 1992 until now, Mr. Whitt has developed numerous Allstate and Region Band musicians and has directed programs, which have achieved the Outstanding Performance Award at both the high school and middle school levels. He has also served as a marching band adjudicator in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, and is currently in the process of completing a Master's degree in Educational Administration and Supervision.
In addition to his duties as an educator, Mr. Whitt has enjoyed a performing career as a freelance percussionist with Greenville Symphony, Heritage Chamber Orchestra, GAMAC Symphony, Asheville Symphony, The Spartanburg Philharmonic, Hendersonville Symphony, Myrtle Beach Philharmonic, Long Bay Symphony and Florence Symphony Orchestras, as well as performing as a trumpeter with The Electric City Swing Band, The Don Edwards Big Band and The Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble.
Mr. Whitt's pride, joy and center of attention are his beautiful wife, Ashley and his wonderful children children Caroline, Zachary, Clara and Jessie. He enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, camping and every chance he can to spend time with his fantastic family!