Percussion competes at Rancho Cucamonga

Percussion Open Class won third place and Percussion A Class won second place at the Rancho Cucamonga competition on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 to March 4.

This competition is one of the factors that will determine whether Percussion qualifies for semi-finals. Walnut’s instuctor, Alan Han, wrote original songs which were inspired by songs such as “Touch” and “Within” by Daft Punk.

“Although our instructors do an amazing job at helping us learn techniques and music as individuals, competitions are where I feel that we grow the most as an ensemble,” freshman Mia Carrillo said. “The judges critique us as an ensemble so that we move forward and become better as one voice.”

Students practiced every Tuesday and Thursday from 3-9 p.m. and during tutorial and lunch to prepare for the competition.

“I think the fact that everyone is so passionate about the program shows how far we’ve come from our initial attempts and how hardworking each member is. It gives me a lot of hope with what’s to come from the program even after us seniors graduate,” senior Chris Ramirez said.

Walnut competed against schools such as Notre Dame High School, Sierra Vista High School and Yorba Linda High School.

“We’ve definitely improved, and the instructors are really helpful in our journey. Besides our instructors, it comes down to our motivation to succeed. By putting in the extra effort, it gives us the results that we want,” junior Andrei Dimaano said.

By Alison Ho, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Mia Carillo

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