Chambersburg, North Hagerstown among top performers

February 24, 2003|by TAMELA BAKER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Drums were beating from all directions Saturday as Waynesboro Area High School hosted its annual Indoor Guard and Percussion show, featuring high school percussion, color guard and majorette groups from Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.

Six schools scheduled to compete in Saturday's program had to cancel because of weather and accidents, said Waynesboro faculty member Camille Bowen, whose eighth-grade daughter Karen is a member of the color guard. But the school was still buzzing with activity as the competition got under way.

There were several categories of competition; schools were assigned categories based on their past performances. First-place winners included Dallastown, Central Dauphin and North Hagerstown in the percussion competitions, and Bermudian Springs, River Hill, Big Spring and Chambersburg in the color guard competitions.


As competitors warmed up in the corridors, Waynesboro percussion instructors Chris and Amanda Kline explained that judges would be looking at a variety of criteria in assigning scores to each group.

"It's how clean the group is and how balanced," Amanda Kline said, "and the type of show and the type of music."

A percussion ensemble has 10 minutes to get to the floor, perform and get off, the Klines said. "You work for four months for that five minutes" the group actually plays, Chris Kline said.

For their performance, the Waynesboro group played music by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. Had they checked out the competition?

"We've looked around a little bit this morning," Chris Kline said, "but they stopped playing when they saw us."

Greencastle-Antrim High School's percussion group played selections from Carmen. Central Dauphin added ambience to their jazz and swing numbers with murals of a cityscape.

And they all made a lot of noise.

"Drummers are loud," Chris Kline conceded. "The drums and the gym aren't mixing too well."

The color guards are judged on movement, how they work with their equipment and the impression of their full program, said Waynesboro instructor Sarah Wisner. She said the students might be a little nervous before the competition, but "we're a competitive group - they know that's what they do."

But there was little time to rest after their performances, Bowie said - as soon as they were finished, most of the competitors loaded up and headed to Greencastle for yet another competition Saturday evening.

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