Drumline Performs in First Competition

Indoor drumline performed in its first winter competition of the season on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Damien High School.

In preparation for its competition, drumline rehearsed for six hours each week, along with morning practices to clean up unstable parts of its performance. During the show, drumline featured the first and second movements of its indoor percussion show titled “The Missing Piece.”

“Among my drumline ‘siblings,’ I act like it’s a really small deal [to have a solo as ‘the missing piece’], but when I’m performing, I feel like I’m playing an important role for my group,”snare drum player sophomore Shawnee Huang said. “Even though I felt nervous, I had a big adrenaline rush because I was able to do something different that other drumline teams couldn’t do. But in the end, if we didn’t have each other, we wouldn’t be complete.”

After the judges critiqued each movement for all of the teams, drumline received 12th place out of 19 spots for its overall performance, including placing fifth for visuals, 12th for music, 13th for visual effects and 14th for musical effects.

“I’m content with how we did because we didn’t have our whole show and still had a lot of revisions to make,” battery section leader junior Matthew Distante said. “I guess the most memorable moment was right after the performance. Everyone was determined and pumped, and a lot of people I asked were incredibly proud of how they played that day. It was really beautiful seeing everybody care so much, having given it their all.”

By Jessica Huang, Staffer

Photo courtesy of Shawnee Huang