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14 school districts compete in Greencastle-Antrim 2012 Keystone Indoor Drill Association Indoor Competition

February 18, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • The Greencastle-Antrim Middle School Indoor Guard performs to "Always Love" by Addison Road Saturday at the 24th annual Greencastle-Antrim 2012 Keystone Indoor Drill Association (KIDA) Indoor Competition.
By Roxann Miller

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The Greencastle-Antrim High School gymnasium was filled with parents and spectators watching students from 14 school districts compete Saturday in the 24th annual Greencastle-Antrim 2012 Keystone Indoor Drill Association (KIDA) Indoor Competition.

Percussion ensembles and indoor guard units from middle and high schools from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia competed against each other for first-, second- and third-place trophies.

Sponsored by Greencastle-Antrim Band Boosters and judged by KIDA, teams of percussionists and indoor guard units took the stage to impress the judges and wow the crowd.

The Waynesboro percussion ensemble opened the competition, followed by the Greencastle-Antrim High School band performing an exhibition performance of its 2012 program, “Three Days in August.”

Sam Forney, Greencastle-Antrim’s band director, said the percussion ensemble won the KIDA blue percussion ensemble championships in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Not only do students like to compete, but Forney said competing helps them improve musically.

“They are learning through this whole activity,” Forney said. “We put the KIDA judge tapes on digital and send them out to the kids. They listen to the comments from the judges on their performance. That way, they can work on their performance.”

Forney said participation in percussion ensemble and indoor guard is a big investment of time for the students.

Before the season begins, the percussionists practice on Fridays and all day Saturday. The indoor guard practices two nights a week and sometimes on Saturday, he said.

“They learn organizational skills, commitment and teamwork from being a part of this,” Forney said.

Colin Maher, 17, a Greencastle-Antrim High School senior, has been playing drums since he was in fifth grade.

“I like drumming, and I like music overall,” Maher said. “So it (percussion ensemble) makes you a better musician.”

Maher said he doesn’t mind the intense amount of time involved in percussion ensemble because he loves to practice.

“I’m insane about practicing. I practice about six to seven hours on my own,” he said. “As a group, we practice Fridays for about three hours and then on Saturdays a few hours before competitions.”

The indoor percussion ensemble and indoor guard unit participate in a competition just about every Saturday.

Greencastle-Antrim senior Danae Oliver is the captain of Greencastle’s indoor guard unit.

She explained that indoor guard is basically the equivalent of the color guard that performs during high school football games except that the indoor guard performs using taped music rather than live band music.

Indoor guard uses rifles, flags and batons, and combines them with dance, music and elaborate costumes to tell a story.

“It’s really awesome when you know that you practiced really hard and have mastered those skills,” Oliver said. “It’s really awesome to get in front of people, and they cheer for you, and you can see that they are impressed (by your performance).”

Greencastle’s performance was choreographed to the music of “Turning Tables” by Adele.

“It’s really cool to put on a show and make people happy,” Oliver said. “There’s a lot of different elements that come together to fit this music, and it’s really cool how it comes together.”

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