USSBA Indoor colorguard, percussion champions awarded

Congratulations go out to every talented performer!

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Colorguards stand in an Olympic-style retreat today during the USSBA Indoor Championship. Below, members of the Bensalem High School percussion ensemble perform.

Nineteen colorguards and 17 percussion units celebrated the US Scholastic Band Association’s last event of the season today at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, N.J., during the USSBA’s second annual Indoor Championship. The colorguard segment kicked off the day-long event followed by the Zildjian Indoor Percussion Championships Presented by the USSBA late afternoon into the evening.

Congratulations go out to the following Group Champions in the Colorguard segment of the event:

Bridgewater-Raritan High School – Group AAA Champions, 96.650
North Penn Visual Ensemble – Group AA Champions, 94.300
Old Bridge High School – Group A Champions, 95.050
North Penn Middle School, Junior Guard Champions, 91.650
Short Circuit (Haddon Heights Elementary School), Elementary Guard Champions, 85.30

VIEW SCORES FOR THE COLORGUARD SEGMENT OF INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations go out to the following Group Champions for the Percussion segment:

Cheshire High School – Group AAA Marching Champions, 97.600
Perkiomen Valley High School – Group AA Marching Champions, 95.800
Bunnell High School – Group AA Standstill Champions, 95.850
Montville Township High School – Group AA Concert Champions, 94.300
Sayreville War Memorial High School – Group A Standstill Champions, 89.900

VIEW SCORES FOR THE PERCUSSION SEGMENT OF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Hundreds of colorguard and percussion performers took to the performance floor, some for the last time this season.

“It’s been an amazing day…so much fun,” said Angie Ghaly, a senior at Old Bridge High School. This was a start-up year for the Old Bridge guard, she added, noting that she never knew it would be so much work, but to her, far more enjoyable for her than outdoor colorguard. “

“I wish there was summer indoor guard,” laughed Olga Gallis, also an Old Bridge senior heading to Rutgers University in the fall.

Nerves were a factor for some performers as the arena’s size is breathtaking when preparing to take the floor. Becky Kuzmich was calm as she waited with Bunnell High School’s colorguard, but admitted she was a tad nervous. The group with a program titled “London 1800” traveled all the way from Stratford, Conn., to compete in the event.

“I think we’re ready,” Kuzmich said. “We’ll just do our best and have fun.”

The Zildjian Indoor Percussion Championships Presented by the USSBA rounded out the evening as the USSBA’s student-friendly philosophies brought out the best in every performer. SANY3455 (Custom).JPG

For 12-year-old Cole Araby, his first year in the Cranston High School East percussion ensemble was a great experience. To play with the high school level players was not only fun, but he learned plenty of percussion skills during the season.

Araby, along with Chris McCormick, 14, are worried Cranston might not be able to field the group next year due to funding, but they stay hopeful that won’t happen.

“I’d be really sad because this drumline is part of my life,” McCormick said.

The USSBA Indoor team would like to thank and congratulate all the performers of the 2011 season.

“Your passion, talent and enthusiasm keep us going,” said Tara Lee Bryant, Band Relations Manager of the USSBA. “Being able to provide these types of events for every student to grow and learn through the thrill of performance is the greatest reward for all of us here at the USSBA.”

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