Summit HS Indoor Percussion 2018

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John Baudendistel
Program Coordinator/Front Ensemble Coordinator

Jayvon Treadway
Visual Caption Head/Battery Coordinator

DESCRIPTION: This year Summit HS will be fielding an indoor percussion group.  Indoor percussion is a type of competitive marching arts performed in the winter.  There are other types of indoor groups like guard and winds.  An indoor percussion ensemble consists of a marching battery section and a front ensemble.  It is essentially marching band, in a gym, without the band.  Many neighboring schools have these types of ensembles including: Page HS, Brentwood HS, McGavock HS, Father Ryan HS, and more.

WHAT DOES THIS ACTIVITY CONSIST OF? If you are a member of the marching battery percussion, you will be marching and playing a membrane instrument (drum) for the show.  There will be moderate physical demand and a great chance to improve timing as a musician.  Members of the marching battery ensemble generally have improved health from the physical aspect of the activity.

Members of the front ensemble spend more time learning critical thinking and problem-solving techniques for playing the music.  Students will play instruments other than their primary keyboard, rack, or electronic position.  The front ensemble is essentially responsible for creating most of the soundscape for the entire ensemble.

Rehearsals – just like marching band, indoor percussion requires rehearsal to instruct and prepare the music.  It requires building new skillsets the musicians may not have been familiar with before.  Rehearsals are going to be Monday (3:30-5:30 PM), Wednesday (3:30-5:30 PM), and Saturdays (9:00-12:00 AM, 1:00-4:00 PM).  Saturdays are our “camp” days.

Camp days – these are longer rehearsal days spent learning large amounts of music and drill that cannot be done during the shorter, weekday rehearsals.  These days are imperative to put the show in a timely manner.

Show days – just like marching band show days, we will generally rehearse the morning of the show and then travel to the show.  All shows will be local in the Tennessee, except for the final competition.  Transportation will be provided for the last competition.  After rehearsals, we will travel to the show and continue the day like a marching band show day.

NOTE: The instructional staff values academic education above all.  If students do not maintain above “C” average in all classes, they will not be eligible to march.  No exceptions. L


There is the potential that if there is more than the projected amount of participants, some students may be “cut” from the ensemble.  Although, it is imperative that there at least be a basic understanding of music and time.  Students will be placed in areas where they will succeed and benefit the rest of the ensemble.  We will do this by evaluating the students in a group setting playing together. There will be no individual auditions.

Here is our planned instrumentation:

3 Snare Drums
1 Tenor
4 Trainers
5 Bass Drums
3 Cymbals

4 Marimbas
2 Vibraphones
1 Xylophone/Rack
1 Bells/Rack
1 Concert Bass Drum/Gong
2 Auxiliaries (Percussion Accessories)
2 Synthesizers
1 Sound Pilot (Electronics Operator)

Total: 28-31 Members

We will begin by giving the students “packets”, which contain the fundamental warm-ups and technique literature.  The evaluation will be a couple Wednesday afternoons in November.  This is an ensemble that is intended to be comprised of members that are truly dedicated to their improvement as a musician and the overall success of the ensemble.


It requires a significant amount of resources to field an indoor percussion ensemble.  Music, uniforms, equipment, transportation, a floor cover, and instructional staff are a few of the many elements required to create the production.  Without funding, this group cannot exist.  It is essential that once you make a commitment to the ensemble, you recognize that you are pledging to support the group monetarily.

We are asking each member to “pledge” $470 for season.  This can be paid through one of three ways.

  1. $470 in full
    2. $470 – staggered installments (Dec. $200, Jan. $135, Feb. $135)

The staff is aware that this is significant amount of money for many.  To alleviate some of the financial burden of the members, the ensemble will be participating in fundraisers.





November 06, 2017 – Informational Meeting

November 18, 2017 – Workshop/Placement Day I (3:30 PM-5:30 PM) – MEMBERS INTERESTED IN BATTERY ONLY
November 27, 2017 – Workshop/Placement Day II  (3:30 PM-5:30 PM) – FRONT AND BATTERY
November 29, 2017 – Workshop/Placement Day III  (3:30 PM-5:30 PM) – FRONT AND BATTERY

December 06, 2017 – First Pledge Payment Due ($200)

December 04, 2017 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM)
December 06, 2017 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM)
December 08, 2017 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM)
December 09, 2017 – Camp Day I (9:00-12:00 AM, 1:00-4:00 PM)

December 11, 2017 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM) – Front Ensemble Only
December 12, 2017 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM)
December 14, 2017 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM)
December 16, 2017 – Camp Day II (9:00-12:00 AM, 1:00-4:00 PM)

December 18, 2017 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM)
December 19, 2017 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM)


January 08, 2018 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM)
January 10, 2018 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM) SECOND PLEGE PAYMENT DUE ($135)
January 13, 2017 – Camp Day III (9:00-12:00 AM, 1:00-4:00 PM)

January 17, 2018 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM)
January 20, 2018 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM)

January 22, 2018 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM)
January 24, 2018 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM)
January 27, 2017 – Camp Day IV (9:00-12:00 AM, 1:00-4:00 PM)

January 29, 2018 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM)
January 31, 2018 – Rehearsal (3:30-5:30 PM)

February 03, 2018 – Competition I (Independence HS)


February 07, 2017 – Third Pledge Payment Due ($135)

March 3, 2018 – Competition II (Spring Hill MS)


March 24, 2018 – REGIONAL (Spring Hill HS)


April 8, 2018 – SCGC CHAMPIONSHIPS (Bowling Green, KY)