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March 25, 2013

Good day for local drummers at state finals

INDIANAPOLIS — It sounds like a plot for a movie: Twin brothers, each band directors, meet head-to-head at the Winter Percussion State Finals.

Fortunately it was a happy ending for both.

Tim Cox with his Decatur Central ensemble placed first while brother Tom Cox and his Goshen High School ensemble — under the direction of Derrick Shannon — placed second Saturday at Ben Davis High School. With 87.225 points Goshen was just 1.595 points behind Decatur Central.

“It was a great day,” Tom said. “It was our first time in the movement class. Usually when you are put into a new class you start at the bottom. We moved all the way up to first runner up at state. Who could ask for more?

“The movement class was all new for our 35 kids and I think they had a great time,” Tom said. “And this is Shannon’s first year teaching. We are all very proud of him.”

Third place went to Ben Davis, followed by Greenwood, Greenfield Central, Richmond, East Noble, Pike, Carroll and Columbus East.

Several other local schools participated in Saturday’s state finals.

NorthWood

It was a banner year for the NorthWood Winter Percussion ensemble that not only moved up in class, but finished the season with an outstanding performance at the state finals in the Percussion Scholastic Concert Open (PSCO) class.

“This is only the second year we’ve had winter percussion,” said Director Jacob Grable, a Bethel College student. “And we ended up placing fourth at state out of 13 competitors.”

NorthWood began the year in Class A and placed first at both the Franklin Central and New Palestine Invitationals. The judges then moved the group into open class before the Warsaw Invitational on March 9.

“There, we placed fourth out of seven, so we had our work cut out for us,” Grable said. “We began competing against schools double our size and we were doing really, really well.”

The ensemble performed a stock arrangement titled “Compound Autonomy” by Jim Casella.

Before state finals Grable said he reminded the kids that they had already put all the work in and they just had to trust in themselves. After the fourth place finish, Grable said he was incredibly proud of the students.

“What a great job. I told them that their work did pay off,” Grable said. “We all were really pushing them to the next level and they did it.”

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