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Percussion and Winter Guard Take First-Place Victories

Reece Baldwin, 10th, Matthew Estevez, 9th, Matthew Lampron, 10th, Jacob Bowman, 10th, Allie Smith, 11th, and Gabby Struve, 10th, show off their award at the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association.

Hours of weekly practice is paying off for Cuthbertson High School’s indoor percussion unit and varsity winter guard. On February 2, 2013, each captured first place in their divisions at the CWEA (Carolina Winter Ensemble Association) North Premier at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, SC. The indoor percussion ensemble, which has grown since last year from 13 to 19 members, competed in the percussion scholastic novice class with its show titled “Child’s Play.” Indoor percussion student captains are Reece Baldwin, center snare; Megan Stephens, pit; Gabby Struve, bass; Matt Lampron, tenor; and Allie Smith, percussion caption head.

“Feedback from the judges indicates that our show has great potential,” said Lealather (Lea) Mayers III, who leads the ensemble with Tommy Wilson. “We’re considering adding a regional competition to our schedule.”

The varsity winter guard, which competes in the Scholastic 4A class, performed its show titled “Remember When it Rained.” Audrey von Amsberg serves as varsity captain.

“Since last year, Cuthbertson’s winter guard has grown significantly in numbers and skill,” said Jamie Couick, who, along with Becky Hanna, leads the unit. “For the first time in Cuthbertson’s history, we’re competing with a varsity unit of 11 as well as a junior varsity team.”

The varsity winter guard and indoor percussion winter guard units each have four competitions remaining on their 2013 schedules. Winter guard: February 16, WGI Event; February 23 (including J/V), Sun Valley High School; March 9, North Forsyth High School; March 23 (including J/V), Northwest Guilford High School; March 30, CWEA Championships, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. Indoor percussion: February 23, Sun Valley High School (CWEA); March 2, WGI Spartanburg Regional, Dorman High School, Spartanburg SC.; March 23, Northwest Guilford High School (CWEA); March 30 CWEA Championships, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.

Written by: Susan Messina
Posted: Feb 11, 2013 by Paula White

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