Determination, dedication and perseverance; the Clinton High School Winter Guard and Percussion showed those characteristics from start to finish, completing their most successful seasons to date this past weekend in Raleigh.
Both the Winter Guard and Percussion of the CHS Band Program competed in the Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA) Winter Circuit, which has groups from North Carolina and Virginia in competition from January through March. These two ensembles are strictly extra-curricular, with students practicing two nights a week in an effort to continue training while they are in the “off-season” of marching band. Students in these two groups also are unable to take Percussion and Colorguard as year-long classes due to block scheduling, yet over the past three years have grown exceptionally in this activity.
The Winter Guard and Percussion competed at West Johnston High School on Feb. 11, Clayton High School on March 3, Green Hope High School on March 24 and AIA Circuit Championships this past weekend.
The Winter Guard participated in the Scholastic Regional A1 Class in 2012, performing their program “Someone Like You.” After placing 5th, 2nd, and 5th respectively at their first three competitions, they placed 7th following their AIA Preliminary Performance out of 18 groups; the top nine advanced to Sunday’s AIA Finals at Dorton Arena. In Finals, the Winterguard finished in 6th place overall, with a score of 76.25. Their finish in 2012 was eleven places higher than in 2011; we appreciate all of the effort our students have put forth and the excellent show design and instruction by Drew Zellmer and Beth Harper. Members of the Winterguard include James Joyner, Hailey Usher, Brittany Herring, Kaitie Hicks, Dana Harn, Sandra Resendiz, Maddy Peterson, Autumn Pinkney, Ashley Cruz, Megan Baldwin, Kay’Nautica Brandon and Ashland Rayner.
The Winter Percussion participated in Concert A Percussion Class in 2012 and repeated as Silver Medalists at AIA Championships on Saturday Night. Performing their program “Child’s Play,” the Percussion placed second twice and third once in their three competitions, respectively. Director Mark Cashin served as the primary instructor, with Percussion Instructors Matt Barbee and Zack Marshall helping throughout the season. “Child’s Play” is rated as an extremely difficult composition and was written for college percussion ensembles; for our students to be capable of performing this literature is a tribute to their talent and dedication. Members of the Winter Percussion include Leah Cashwell, Kevin Byrd, Isaac Cousar, Ga Kay Gao, Hope Jania, Allie Green, Susan Jones, Daniel Ko, Jane Langston, Elizabeth Tsao and Kameron Turlington.