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Glenwood Percussion chalks up another significant finish

The Glenwood Percussion Ensemble, comprised of Glenwood Springs High School and Glenwood Springs Middle School students, finished its 2009 competitive season with a second-place finish at the Rocky Mountain Percussion Association State Championships, held April 11 at Legend High School in Parker.

The weekend before, twenty-one members of the Glenwood Springs Percussion Group spent seven hours in a snowstorm to get to Denver to perform for judges from around the country.

The competition was canceled because of the weather, and the judges were stuck in Denver, so an opportunity arose for the Glenwood drummers. They were offered a chance to perform for the judges at Arvada High School and receive feedback about their performance.

How could they turn that down? The judges gave comments, and the parents who were in attendance had the rare chance to hear those comments. The judges then went down on the floor and worked with individual group members, providing invaluable lessons and possible ways to improve their performance.

In 2008, the groups’ first year of competition, the ensemble took first place honors in the “scholastic A” class. This year the group moved up to “open” class and brought home a second-place trophy in this first year in that classification.

Coach Aaron Lundblad said his favorite part of the evening was when the announcer asked all the seniors who were competing to raise their hands, as this would be there last state percussion event. “No hands went up from the Glenwood team,” Aaron said. “We got this far with a young group of kids and they will be back!”

The ensemble begins try-outs this week for the summer and fall season. The group has a long list of local performances and fundraising activities ahead.

The group has a goal of going to the World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, in the spring of 2010 and winning their division. All their fundraising efforts will be aimed toward this goal.


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