Winds, percussion finish competition season

by Aden Kropp/Staff Writer

With Winter Winds and Indoor Percussion coming to a close, it’s a good time to look back and see how the people in both of these groups have done in their shows.

Winds’ show, named “The Heist,” has had an undefeated season so far, and they placed second at Worlds competition recently. Their show was about a robbery, hence the name, “The Heist.” The instrumentalists acted as the robbers, trying to steal a suitcase. The suitcase was encased in a giant dome. The dome was a sturdy prop that the cast used to show their acrobatic prowess. The show told a small story that ends up with the case stolen, and the criminals gone.

“It has been a really good season,” Harley Hatcher, 11, stated. “We’ve been undefeated all season and I believe our band has grown closer as a family.” Harley had a visual solo in the show; she stole the case that the show is revolving around.

This effort was not without some obstacles. She said, “I had multiple challenges in the show. I had to learn some challenging music. Also, since I’m a visual soloist I’ve had the challenge of learning to perform with good technique, facial expressions, and grabbing an audience’s attention.”

Jackson Sipes, 11, started off the show with a bang, and was the first person that appeared on stage. “I am very proud to be a part of this show and it is honestly one of my favorite seasons to date.”

Indoor Percussion’s show, “Watching You,” has been doing well also. Their show was a kind of message that people are always being watched through the internet. From security cameras to phone cameras, one can never escape. The message was a profound one, and the show made great use in the front ensemble and the battery. “The season is great,” said Cael Savidge, 10, “we got second at state in open class, which is the best we have ever done in school history.”

With every show, lessons were almost always learned. Dustin Brewster, 12, played the snare drum, and was a soloist in the percussionist’s show. “I learned that you have to learn to trust other people for something with a team, and that not everything can be solved by just doing it yourself.”