Page, AZ High School Indoor Percussion Group Competes in Winter Guard International Championships

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The Page, AZ High School Indoor Percussion Group is headed to Dayton, Ohio, to compete in the Winter Guard International (WGI) Championships. They will be the only Arizona high school that qualified for this highly competitive competition starting on Thursday, April 14.

The Page High School (AZ) Indoor Percussion Performance Group will be going head to head with 48 other hopefuls in the Scholastic A division this week in Dayton, OH. The group qualified by scoring an 88.3 in regional competition in Las Vegas, NV and followed that up by winning the Rocky Mountain Percussion Association Championship (RMPA)last week in Denver, CO., with a score of 89.15.

The group directors, Sharon Woodard and Jason Harrison feel that this years squad has a real opportunity at making the cut into the finals on Friday, April 15.

Indoor Percussion has made tremendous growth over the last several years. The percussion ensembles consist of a "battery" which includes snare drums, tenors, base drums and cymbols and the "pit" where the xylophones, marimbas, shakers, tympanis, large percussive instruments and keyboards are located. Picture a small marching band,sans brass and winds,inside a gym doing intricate drill and making great music and you have Indoor Percussion.

The show's original music was written by Seth Woodard,a former Page graduate and presently a fifth semester student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA., where he studies marimba under the watchfull eye of world renowned marimbist Nancy Zeltzman. Woodard is no stranger to percussion. He started writing drill for his high school band as a sixteen year old and has written percussion books for several Arizona high schools. He has a dual major at Berkley; Marimba Performance and Film Scoring.

The visual drill was written by John Crouch of Denver and co-director Sharon Woodard.

Two other Page High School alumni have been instrumental in the success of this years group. Tanner Woodard, a student at Northern Arizona University, has been working as the drill and visual instructor. Clayton Sternberg, a soon to be music teacher graduates this may from NAU and works with the group on performance and methods.


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