Winter Percussion Information
Winter Percussion is an extracurricular group which rehearses from November through April and performs in a series of competitions beginning in February.
The Athens Drive H.S. Winter Percussion Line is the indoor complement to the percussion unit of the marching band, and is a formal part of our entire band program. Like the marching band percussion section, this indoor group includes battery percussion (marching snares, tenors, basses) and front ensemble instrumentation (mallet instruments, timpani, auxiliary percussion). The group is also auditioning students for synthesizer, electric bass, guitar, and drum set. To be chosen as a member of the Winter Percussion Line is an honor and performing as part of this group is a privilege. The group rehearses from mid November through mid April and performs in a series of competitions beginning in late February. Any Athens Drive student is welcome to participate (you do not need to be currently involved in the band program); however, the ability to read music is a prerequisite. John Antonelli is the lead staff member.
- The Winter Percussion Line is open to all current seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen.
- A positive attitude must be demonstrated at all times as reflected in the quality of the work and the relationships with other members of the unit. Students must be trusted to work independently and be able to work together in small and large groupings. Students must also be willing to spend the extra time required to set-up and store-away equipment used in rehearsals/performances.
- Minimal musical competency includes the comprehension and performance of basic rhythms (subdivision to the sixteenth note and syncopation) in 2/4, ¾, 4/4, 6/8 and cut time meter. All students must be able to read rhythmic notation; mallet performers must be able to read pitch notation.
It is important to realize that because the group is so interdependent (that is, everyone depends on everyone to be there), any absence or tardy hinders the progress of the group. All percussionists are expected to be at every rehearsal and performance. The schedule of rehearsals and performances linked below is tentative, but fairly accurate; the entire schedule will be discussed in detail during the orientation/introductory rehearsals.
Once the schedule is officially agreed upon and confirmed, conflicts with any of the dates must be presented in writing to both the instructors and the parent advisors. Email addresses and phone numbers will be distributed at the orientation rehearsals. The instructor reserves the right to prohibit a student from performance due to excessive or unexcused absence.
Members will be expected to know the music and choreography before being permitted to perform. This policy will be enforced in the interest of the individual student as well as the entire unit. A member who does not demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in performing part of the show may be asked to perform less work.
The orientation sessions will consist of sight reading and exercises related to specific instruments. Students who have no previous percussion experience, but who can read music, should not be discouraged from participating. We are especially interested in piano players for mallet instruments.
Instrument assignments will be determined by the quality and skill of those participating and the needs of the line.
Fair Share Assessment
1) a non-refundable registration fee of $100
2) plus an additional financial commitment of $745
Activity buses and/or carpools will be arranged to offset expenses for travel to local competitions. Travel to out of state competitions will be provided by charter busses. There will also be a food, lodging and event ticket expense (members pay) for the WGI Championships in Dayton Ohio (a mandatory trip for all participants). These charges will be assessed separately from the Fair Share Assessment and are estimated to be around $350.
Upon deciding to participate in the Winter Percussion Line, each student - new and returning - must complete the Winter Percussion Registration Form on our "Forms" page and submit it online with a $100 non-refundable registration fee by November 24th (checks made payable to the Athens Drive Band Boosters). Students/families with a credit in their band account can have this fee deducted by indicating so on the form.