Greencastle-Antrim show is more than just a drill

February 22, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - It might be a competition, but in the eyes of the Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School indoor percussion and color guard, Saturday's indoor drill show is just practice with some feedback.

"I teach the kids that if you think about the competition, you are not thinking about your performance," director Sam Forney said.

Eighteen schools from across the region will bring their skills and drills to the hardwood of the Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School gymnasium to compete in the 19th annual indoor drill show, but Forney said his students only will perform in exhibition.

While the Greencastle students might not feel the pressure of competition at their show, Forney said they will feel it again soon.


"We have two shows on Saturday, one here in the morning and one at Waynesboro," he said. "At Waynesboro, we compete."

Greencastle has competed in three shows so far this season and is doing well, Forney said.

"I am very happy with both groups," he said. "Our percussion line has won first at all three, and our guard has won first at two of the three."

With a new routine each year, the nine-member indoor color guard has moved its way to the top this season with "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not," a performance to the music from the motion picture "Amelie."

For the 23 percussionists, their medley of classical music titled "Classicussion Concoction" has won them high favor with the Keystone Indoor Drill Association judges.

Despite a long history of indoor drill teams at the high school, most of this year's students are new to indoor drill.

Forney said about 60 percent of Greencastle's indoor drill students are competing for the first time this season.

If you go

What: Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School indoor color guard and percussion show

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.

Where: Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School, 300 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, Pa.

Cost: $7 for adults; $5 for students and senior citizens.

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