What is Percussion?
Any musical instruments played by striking with the hand or with a handheld or pedal-operated stick or beater, or by shaking, including drums, cymbals, xylophones, gongs, bells, and rattles.
Our competitive field marching band performs in the Fall in NCBA competitions and consists of a front ensemble (pit or frontline and keyboard percussion) and battery (drumline) percussion alongside non-percussion instruments such as brass and woodwinds. For more information click HERE to learn more about our field marching band.
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Winter Percussion is a separate ensemble that does its own show indoors. You do NOT have to be in Band to be in Winter Percussion, though musical experience is helpful. It is not a course offering and practices are held in the evenings from December – March. Percussion in the Winter is an indoor percussion ensemble or indoor drumline consisting of the marching percussion (or battery) and front ensemble sections of a marching band or drum corps (a.k.a. pit or frontline which includes the marimba, xylophone, sometimes piano and other percussion instruments). Indoor percussion marries elements of music performance, marching, dance and theater; thus, the activity is often referred to as percussion theater. High school groups typically start after their fall marching band season ends, because of this, the activity is often called winter percussion or winter line.