From January to the end of March, we have a short Winter season called “Indoor Drumline” which is fun for the high school musicians (drummers) looking for an outlet. The ensemble is a competitive unit whose goal is to obtain the highest and most precise level of training and performance in marching percussion.
This year was our first experience with indoor. It’s been GREAT! Our high school entered 4 stages of the competition and took third place in the first 3 and 5th place in the last which we competed with a larger number of teams.
Our show, “Pathways” had a pit with marimbas, vibes, guitars, gong, large drum, chimes, keyboard & drum kit and a battery of 9 members, 3 snares, 5 bass and one tenor. The show is around five minutes of time. The performers routine is performed on a tarp. From the time the unit steps into the performance area, they are timed for setup and graded on the time and their performance routine. Costumes were designed and worn and the kids did wonderful!
We had four cars with 17 kids to take around the state to compete. Our crew was great and the parents who drove were very supportive. Every member did a great job of making the show a success and I was so proud of them all. This smaller, tighter group of performers worked really hard to accomplish so much in such a small amount of time.
We ended in Daytona Beach for the FFCC championship and a weekend spent away. We came back with our 5th place placard and a sense of real accomplishment.