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TECH SAVVY — For the students and staff of the Union City High School Marching Band, the arrival of a new school year also means the time has come to learn its new competition field show. For the past week, the dedicated group has been working 12-hour days — from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. — to mark accurate field placing, commit the show music to memory and learn the colorguard and rifle routines. In the past, setting student field placement had to be done manually and one student at a time. Current advances in technology, however, have made the process easier than ever with smartphones and a list of coordinates, which allows students to set themselves. In the photo above, UCHS band students Alexa Nolan (right) and Jada Disney were able to set themselves on the school practice field Thursday evening, saving countless hours for the band and its staff.

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