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PHS Winter Performance Ensemble advances to state finals

March 22, 2012

Brandon Knepper, sophomore, plays the marimba.

PLYMOUTH — In a season that has already seen much success, the Plymouth High School Winter Performance Ensemble (drumline and color guard) advanced to the Indiana Percussion Association’s indoor drumline state finals Saturday. After recently being promoted from Class 2A to Class A by the IPA Board of Directors, the Plymouth band students again set new records for the group by placing near the top of the field of nearly thirty schools competing for a chance to perform at the state finals.
In addition to qualifying for state finals, the Plymouth students placed first in the “visual” category and also placed third overall in their round of fourteen schools.
“To place that high in our very first state level event in a new class was really exciting for everyone,” said band director Bryan Ames. “This was a year of firsts for the group and the season is ending the beyond what we had expected when we started back in November.”
The state premlims was only the second time Plymouth competed in Class A this season. The ensemble started the season in Class 2A (one level lower than Class A).
“Class A is much harder than Class 2A,” Ames said. “The competition is much stiffer and the ensembles in this group are much stronger performers. Receiving a promotion into Class A was a huge reflection of the hard work and discipline that the Plymouth students have put into this activity.”
Senior band member Elizabeth Wolford said, “I was extremely excited that we placed so well in our new class.”
The drumline will now move on to the state championships to be held Saturday, March 24 at Ben Davis High School. Plymouth will perform near the end of the competition as the state finals is “seeded” in ranking order.
Winter Performance Ensemble members include:
Snares: Lindsey Holloway and Zach Lee; Tenors: Patrick Gouverneur and Konnor Smith; Basses: Ben Piazza, Chandler Price, Elizabeth Wolford, Justin Buchert, and Wesley Seidelman; Cymbals: Kent Gosky, Tonya Roeder, and Shelby Haisley; Percussion: Brandon Knepper, Daniel Johnson, Will Houser, Adam Fish, Sarah Iwinski, Marissa Hill, Sophia Smith, Taylor Scott, and Jon Eberly; Color Guard: Tori Fox, Rinda Scott, Ana Miranda, Katie Lee, Jessica Celmer, Colleen Scarborough, McKenzie Goble, Kelcy Berger
“Good luck to the Plymouth Winter Performance Ensemble as they compete for a state championship!” said Ames.
Class A line up for state finals
11:40 a.m. — Taylor
11:49 a.m. — South Central
11:58 a.m. — Pendleton Heights
12:07 p.m. — Elkhart Memorial
12:16 p.m. — Yorktown
12:25 p.m. — Hagerstown
12:34 p.m. — Avon “A”
12:43 p.m. — Mt. Vernon
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1:07 p.m. — Vincennes Lincoln
1:16 p.m. — Martinsville
1:25 p.m. — North Harrison
1:34 p.m. — Terre Haute South
1:43 p.m. — Tri-West
1:52 p.m. — Maconaquah
2:01 p.m. — Perry Meridian
2:10 p.m. — Terre Haute North
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2:29 p.m. — Plymouth
2:38 p.m. — Corydon Central
2:47 p.m. — East Noble
2:56 p.m. — Northview
3:05 p.m. — Zionsville
3:14 p.m. — Greenwood
4:30 p.m. — Award Ceremony

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