South Indoor Percussion made it all the way to the finals of the Winter Guard International World Championships.
Over-all they placed 12th in the World in the Independent-A Competition, competing against 200 other percussion ensembles from all over the world.
The ensemble is composed of high-schooler's and college students from the Tri-State area of West Virginia.
The ensembles Executive Director says, “I am ecstatic, and all the members and all the staff and all the volunteers are all just really excited to have had the opportunity to not only be a part at WGI championships. Having had success in our first year in WGI championships really means a lot, and it really represents a lot of hard work from the ensemble and the staff and the volunteers. We're just really elated and really excited, and we couldn’t be happier to be in the position that we are in."
The ensemble's next audition is in October.
If you are interested in checking out the ensemble they will be hosting summer camps this summer.
One of West Virginia’s indoor percussion ensembles is the first to prepare to compete nationally.
South Indoor Percussion has logged over 400 hours of practice since last October.
Parkersburg South Highschool junior, David Evans says they put in a lot of hours, “every Friday night from 7 o’clock at night til 11 o’clock at night, and then we get up the next day at 8 and start at about 9 and we go until five o’clock on Saturdays.”
Cliff Marlowe, the Executive Director of South Indoor Percussion tells us they have been prepping for the Winter-Guard International World Championships, “which is april19 and 20th this year, we’ll go against groups from all over the country and all over the world, hopefully making finals for the first time, with the first time for a west virginia ensemble.”
The ensemble is made up of young musicians ages 13-20.
Marlowe says, “the ensemble is composed of high-schoolers or some college students that are mostly in the tri-state area of West Virginia,there is one or two southern Ohio individuals, they come anywhere from Marshall university the Huntington area, Charleston area, Nicholas county and the Parkersburg areas”
Mikala Fling, a Parkersburg South High School sophomore says, “we are practicing and we are changing parts we are making parts better and just getting all the ticks out of there.”
Evans, one of South Indoor’s original members, started his love for percussion in the 5th grade.
Evans says," its really fun sometimes it gets a little stressful but at the end of the day my best friends are in that gym right now and i enjoy being around them a lot.”
Fling being another local Parkersburg member, started learning to play the piano in 2nd grade is now onto the marimba.
Fling says, “a marimba is a wooden instrument…almost like a piano.”
The ensemble is practicing all day Saturday to not only prepare for nationals in a short couple of weeks, but to give their families a sneak peak at all of their hard work Saturday night.
Marlowe says, “today we are rehearsing to prepare for our family show, friends and family show which is a home event since most of our shows are in Ohio or other states.”
If you are interested in joining the Percussion Ensemble you can visit their Facebook Page, South Indoor Percussion, website www.southindoor.com, or email the Executive Director Cliff Marlowe, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.