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March 25, 2013

Good day for local drummers at state finals



Fairfield Winter Percussion Director Ryan Johnson was happy with the ensemble’s eleventh place finish in the PSCO class.

“We’ve had a winter percussion group at Fairfield only sporadically,” Johnson said. “And our group of 17 is made up of seventh- to 12th-graders. We are a pretty young team this year.”

Moving into the open class meant competing against more established groups and with more difficult music.

“We started out in Scholastic Concert A class and placed second at the New Palestine Invitational,” Johnson said. “To balance things out, we were moved up to a new class.”

In the new class, the ensemble placed sixth out of the seven groups competing.

“Despite getting a late start in the season, the kids did a great job,” Johnson said. “Every week they looked and sounded like an entirely new group — and that’s a good thing.”

The ensemble performed “Stream of Consciousness” by Dream Theater. Johnson described the piece as “all over the place with some fun sections with a Latin feel.”

“All in all, despite some scheduling conflicts, I think the students handled it very well,” Johnson said. “They improved every week. I think it ended up being a great day.”

Warsaw placed first in the PSCO class followed by Union County and Whiteland. Northwood was fourth with 88.800 points, Elkhart Central 10th with 73.700 and Fairfield 11th with 73,600.

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