Percussion wins big in Valley competitions

EUHS Winter Percussion Theatre Group captured a first place and one third place trophy in the Clovis meets.

Approximately 36 young and dedicated band students worked extremely hard to earn top scores before three different sets of judges. Students participated Friday and Saturday in the San Joaquin Valley Winter Percussion and Guard review as well as the Winter Guard International at Clovis East High School. The Exeter students were regarded by SJVGPR and WGI judges as musically superb and received very high scores.

Unprecedented in any discipline the students placed both days of the competitions, winning more points than their competition. This included much larger high schools like San Marcos High School of Santa Barbara, three Clovis high schools, Tulare Western, Fred C. Beyer, Hawthorne, and Grants Pass of Oregon. Student percussion groups were judged on categories such as theatrical theme - where students act while they play - musical precision, timbre, instrumentation, sound and presentation and general effect. The winter percussion show is titled "Rain."

The Winter Percussion Ensemble will compete again next weekend at Clovis High School. For more information contact Kirk Clague, Director of Bands, at 592-2127, ext. 391. The group will also perform at the annual spring fund-raiser and silent auction from 6-9 p.m. on April 24 at the Exeter Church of God.

Congratulations are also extended to the Pit and Battery directors Jared Sherrill and Alex Herrera for their outstanding work and dedication to the EUHS students.

The Winter Percussion ensemble is currently raising money to attend the national WGI competition in San Diego, April 15-17. Anyone interested in donating funds to the trip or to the EUHS music department can call Clague at the number above. The EUHS Band Web site is www.monarchband.com.

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