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NP Indoor Percussion places at competition

April 11, 2019

NEW CARLISLE — New Prairie High School Indoor Percussion took home second place in the Indiana Percussion Association (IPA) circuit in Percussion Scholastic B class.

The high school ensemble consists of student musicians playing percussion, brass and woodwind instruments in a live performance setting. The instruments are mostly played to concert and marching percussion.

This is only the school’s third year of competition on the circuit and second time advancing to the State Finals. The Indoor Percussion team has shown steady improvement since its inception, going from placing 11th in its first year, to sixth place at the State Finals last year. The Indoor Percussion group stepped it up even more this year, earning them the second place spot.

The students rehearse from November to March putting a competitive show together. The group generally rehearses about three times a week to maximize their potential. This year, in addition to regular rehearsals, the students attended a Winter Break Indoor Percussion camp to help get them ready for the competition.

Program Director Patrick Teykl spoke to the group’s hard work this year.

“These students have shown incredible dedication and perseverance this entire season,” Teykl said. “There were a lot of challenges put in their path along the way, especially the bad winter weather we had in January where we lost about six to seven total planned rehearsals due to various rounds of snow, freezing rain or terrible cold/wind chills. Rather than let it get in their way or affect the final product that was put on the floor, the students worked even harder to make up for lost time, added rehearsals on Thursdays amidst the regular Monday, Wednesday, Friday rehearsal schedule, and stayed focused on the long-term goal of achieving as high a State Finals finish as possible.”

New Prairie’s Indoor Percussion group was provided with drum line equipment by Bethel College. Bethel allowed the students to borrow the equipment for use during the competitive season, allowing more students to participate in the group, lifting a financial barrier for aspiring percussionists.

The students success was facilitated by New Prairie staff members Tre’von James, Beno Morris, Mikey Garcia, Fabian Perez, Pablo Palacios and Nick Emerson, who worked tirelessly with the ensemble every step of the way.

Together with Director Patrick Teykl, the staff and ensemble were able to create a story that landed them close to the top.

“Their achievements this season are a true testament to what happens when a group of students come together and communicate, collaborate and cooperate at the highest level,” Teykl said. “We’re extremely proud of all they have accomplished this season!”