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 

Mission Statement

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.

Band Directors & Staff

Drew Connolly

Director of Bands

Drew Connolly is the Director of Bands at Union County High School. 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. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Music Education from Florida State University.


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 volunteering with the Music for All Summer Symposium as a member of the highly regarded SWAG team, a team of servant leaders that help to serve 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 native of Spartanburg, SC and graduated from Broome High School. 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).

David Candler

Assistant Director of Bands

Mr. Candler is the Director of Bands at Sims Middle School, Assistant Director of Bands at UCHS, and an alumnus of Union County schools. He has served as a director of bands at Sims Middle School since 2015. Prior to his time at Sims he worked in Berkeley County at Cane Bay and Westview Middle Schools teaching orchestra and chorus.
Under his direction, the Sims Middle School band has placed students in the SC Region III and VI Honor Bands as well as the SC All State Bands. Also, students have received superior and excellent awards at SC CPA and Solo and Ensemble. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education (K-12, Instrumental) from Limestone College where he studied saxophone with Dr. Chip Hill.
As a performer, Mr. Candler has been part of many local ensembles such as the Spartanburg Little Theater, Gaffney Little Theater, Spartanburg Community Band, Furman Lakeside Band, Greenville Tuba Christmas, etc.
He currently serves as the worship leader of The Vine Church in Spartanburg, SC. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Marla, son Liam, dog Jack, and attending concerts, playing disc golf, fishing, and reading.

Josh Terry

Assistant Director of Bands

Percussion Director

Mr. Terry is the percussion director at Sims Middle School, and Assistant Director of Bands at Union County High School. He is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina where he received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education. During his time there, he was a member of many ensembles including the USC Symphonic Winds and the Carolina Band Drumline. While attending USC, he spent time teaching percussion at various schools in Columbia. He recently completed his internships teaching the bands at Spring Valley High School and Kelly Mill Middle School. In 2009, he performed with Palmetto Percussion, and in 2014, was a member of the front ensemble for Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. He is  currently a part of the front ensemble staff at Civitas Independent. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, South Carolina Music Educators Association, South Carolina Band Directors Association, and the Percussive Arts Society. In his free time, Mr. Terry loves listening to music and exploring his new home of Spartanburg with friends.

Roger Whitt

Assistant Band Director

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!

Rodney Inman

Woodwind Instructor

Mr. Inman is currently the music teacher at Monarch Elementary School and is an instructor for the UCHS marching band. He is an alumnus of Union County Schools and a recent graduate of North Greenville University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. During his time at North Greenville University, he was the principle clarinetist of the NGU Wind Ensemble and the NGU Orchestra. While attending NGU, he spent time assisting marching bands in Greenville and Spartanburg counties, including Greenville High School where he was the Assistant Director of Bands and assisting the Rebel Regiment marching band at Byrnes High School where the band took 2nd place at state finals and was named a national semi-finalist at Bands of America Grand Nationals in 2017. 


As a performer, Mr. Inman has performed in Upstate Winds, Furman Lakeside Band, Greer’s Little Theatre and many more ensembles. 


His professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education (NAfME), South Carolina’s Music Education Association (SCMEA) and International Clarinet Association (ICA). 


During his free time, Mr. Inman loves listening to music, playing with his dog, spending time with friends and family and relaxing with a large glass of sweet tea. 

Lacie Lewis

Guard Instructor

Ms. Lewis is one of the Art teachers at UCHS and also assists the UCHS Colorguard and UCHS Gold Winterguard. More information coming soon!

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