Preview: Percussion to compete in Southern California Percussion Alliance Championships
Percussion will be competing in the Southern California Percussion Alliance (SCPA) Championships on Saturday, April 14 at the Citizenâ€™s Bank Arena in Ontario.
Open line will be performing â€śFalling,â€ť while A line will be performing â€śTouch Within.â€ť These original pieces, inspired by songs such as â€śEnding,â€ť were written by Walnutâ€™s instructor, Alan Han.
â€śI think the best part is the emotion being put into the music. I want to grow as a musician, and also, I want to build a family in a different class and at school,â€ť open line xylophonist freshman Jeremy Lee said. â€śIt doesnâ€™t only affect one aspect of your life, it spreads out, like teamwork. I think the purpose is to show off what we can do as a team of percussionists.â€ť
Percussion practices every Tuesday and Thursday for six hours to prepare. They take judgeâ€™s critiques from previous performances and use those critiques when rehearsing.
â€śIâ€™m looking forward to that final performance and feeling that all your work paid off,â€ť open line timpanist and A line vibraphonist senior Kris Denina said. â€śItâ€™s really to show how we work to improve after each one and we just build and go after each competition.â€ť
By Flora Lei, Staff writer
Photo byÂ Erin Tan