Welcome to Centaurus Winter Percussion Ensemble
Winter Percussion is an ensemble of students playing battery and pit instruments. We work hard and have lots of fun competing with other ensembles in a judged performance. Our goal is to improve our musicianship and artistry while interacting and learning from other groups and having fun with our peers. Winter percussion is an excellent complement to the Fall Marching Band program for those who participate in drumline and pit, and these students are highly encouraged to participate. However, Winter Percussion is open to ALL students and many have joined who have no experience with percussion instruments. Winter Percussion Ensemble is a great opportunity to explore your inner percussionist!
For more information about the world of indoor percussion, please explore the Rocky Mountain Percussion Association (RMPA) or the Winter Guard International (WGI) websites. For more information about Centaurus Winter Percussion Ensemble please contact Lori Nonies, Lauren Maxwell, or Aaron Vogelsberg.
A few things to know:
- Any student may audition for Centaurus Winter Percussion Ensemble
- 80% of the students who participate have not started on percussion
- Winter Percussion Ensemble is an extracurricular activity and there is a participation fee. Fees for winter percussion are currently being determined by the boosters. In the past dues were $500, this year it will be less due to COVID. Students MUST contact the booster/treasurer if a grant is needed. We do not want finances to be in the way of participation.
- Participating students are subject to academic eligibility rules
- Rehearsals are generally two evenings per week and Saturdays
- There are usually competitions and rehearsals over Spring Break
- We will be following all of the COVID protocols from marching band, and will divide up participants to maintain groups smaller than 25
2020-21 Winter Percussion Ensemble
Winter Percussion Ensemble is about to embark on their 2021 season!
“What is Winter Percussion or Indoor Percussion?” WGI definition:
Winter Guard Int’l (WGI) Percussion ensembles consist of the marching percussion (also called battery) and front ensemble (also called pit) sections of a marching band or drum corps. Indoor percussion marries elements of music performance, marching, and theater; thus, the activity is often referred to as percussion theater.
For a lot of students, it’s also a way of surviving after marching band season is over! Come check out and join the 2021 CHS Winter Percussion Ensemble (WPE). The CHS WPE is the 2019 reigning RMPA Scholastic A State Champion, and we are looking forward to another fantastic season performing. WPE is a tight knit group of students, parents and staff that share a passion for music, performance and community. WPE is also an opportunity for students/musicians to try instruments in the percussion realm. Do you play piano, bass guitar or drum set? We need you!!!
We will have a lot of fun! Please see the WPE upcoming schedule below:
“Check it Out Night” on Wednesday November 4th 6:00-8:00p.m.
Tuesday 11/10 Audition Clinic 6:00-8:00pm.
Thursday 11/12 Auditions in 5min. blocks from 7:00-9:00p.m.
Saturday 11/14 First Practice in a two hour block from 10:30am-3:30pm.
Saturday 11/14 Virtual Parent Meeting 5:00-5:30p.m.
For the months of November and December we will be practicing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (please see our handbook)
2019 Season – View from my Desk
The 2019 season has ended with Centaurus Winter Percussion finishing in 1st Place with a score of 87.80 at State Championships.
2018 Season – Stand!
The 2018 season is off to a great start! Several students performed in the Day of Percussion on Feb. 3rd, and the front ensemble also had a beautiful performance - earning them the judges favorite award!
2017 Centaurus Winter Percussion Ensemble ~ “Skip”
PSA State Score 91.063 - 2nd place - 2nd highest at State!
Highest score in school history!