The United Township High School Band program serves students in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Pep Band, co-curricular Marching Band, music theory, and various chamber music ensembles. Concert and Symphonic Band members rehearse daily for 45 minutes. Symphonic Band members attend weekly 7:00 AM sectionals. Symphonic Band members typically perform four concerts and two festivals each year. In addition, approximately 75% of the students study privately and are involved in small ensembles. Over the past 10 years, an average of 30 members has been named All-District musicians, and eight students named All-State musicians.
The UTHS Symphonic Band has achieved a reputation as one of the finest high school bands in the United States. They have performed on numerous occasions for important conventions and festivals throughout the USA, including the Illiois Music Educator’s Association All-State Convention, the prestigious Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, the University of Illinois Super-State Band Festival, as well as the Western Illinois Univerity Band Showcase. In 1998, the UTHS Symphonic Band performed at the annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2005, the band was a featured performer at Chicago’s prestigious Orchestra Hall. In 2016 the Symphonic Band performed ON the "Featured Stage" at the Chicagoland Concert Band Festival. In 2017, the band was selected to perform at the University of Northern Iowa Invitational Wind Band Clinic. in 2019, the SYMPHONIC BAND WAS SELECTED TO BE A SHOWCASE BAND AT WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY.
In addition, the United Township High School Marching Band has had a most successful history. Over the past 20 years, the band has earned more than 20 grand championships throughout the Mid-Western United States, including 5 championships at the State of Illinois Invitational Marching Band Championships.
Original “East Moline High” Fight Song (1918)
"To The Orange And Black"...
Come each loyal student of East Moline High
Come join in our song and our school glorify;
We're full of high spirits, good fellows are we,
We're proud of our school and always will be.
To the Orange and Black we'll always be true
We'll stand by our school to the end;
We'll ever be ready to fight and to do.
And a challenge to each one extend.
No school can compare with our East Moline High
We tackle all contests with vim;
Our banner is flung to the limitless sky
We'll never let its glory dim.
(For) youth will be served for ever and aye.
Our spirit of loyalty never can die;
We're conquerors all in the contest of life.
Each ready to meet with success or with strife.
UTHS Fight Song (1966) - Based on the the tune “Mr. Football USA”
We're gonna fight and win for East Moline.
We're gonna keep our banners high.
We've got the team and pep and everything.
Our spirits never die.
Fight on for the Orange and Black;
But fight on hard and clean.
Come on, all you Panthers, yell for East Moline.
Hilltoppers and Panthers
A Panther can be many things to a school—we see it as a name decoration on team uniforms, part of an engraving on a school ring, as a cartoon illustration in the school paper, as a symbol on a yearbook cover, as a clever design on a spirit button, on a plaque in front of the school building, as an in-laid mosaic on the tile floor, painted on athletic facility walls, and in the flesh as the school mascot.
East Moline was known as the "Hilltoppers" for many years because of the geographical location of the first high school building.
In a 1946 election, the student body voted to adopt the "Panther" as a school nickname which could be used in illustration and reality.
"Pete" was an immediate success and through the years, carried on the spirit of UTHS. Although he has seen many changes both serious and lighthearted, Pete has won our hearts as he truly is the "Spirit of UTHS."
Pete made his first live appearance as a mascot in 1956.