Preview: Winter Percussion to perform at SCPA competition

Winter Percussion will perform at its second Southern California Percussion Association (SCPA) competition Saturday, Feb. 29 at Rancho Cucamonga High School.

Winter Percussion will perform its classically arranged show, “Exultation is the Going,” which consists of Frederic Chopin’s “Ballade No. 2,” Giuseppe Verdi’s “Overture to La Forza del Destino” and Jean Sibelius’ “Andante Festivo.” Unlike its previous competition at Colony High School, Winter Percussion will include a longer movement from “Andante Festivo” to end its performance. 

“I feel much more confident and prepared than I did for the last competition. This time is really going to outperform the last, and it’s going to look and sound a lot better than it did before,” timpanist senior Ethan Ho said. “We’ve gotten more comfortable with the music and really developed the way we play and communicate with each other, which lets us play more confidently together as one ensemble.“

Leading up to the competition, Winter Percussion has been rehearsing every Tuesday and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m to sharpen its setup time and communication through eye contact and movements. In addition, Winter Percussion organized band sectionals — meetings between band members to practice fundamentals — to improve overall cohesion.

“Rehearsals have become more and more efficient and fun. We are at the point in our season where we know all of our music, so rehearsals are dedicated to improving our performance as a whole. We strive to execute each aspect of our show at a higher level and perform with passion and consistency,” synthesizer player junior Mia Carrillo said.

Following Saturday’s competition, Winter Percussion will perform in its next SCPA competition Sunday, March 15 at Great Oak High School. Judges will evaluate the performance on music and artistry. Winter Percussion’s overall scores from the competition season will contribute to a composite score for the SCPA preliminaries at California State University, San Bernardino Saturday, April 4.

“In terms of the competition season, I hope the scoring will help us in the long run, but I also hope that we have fun,” electric violinist senior Nicholas Wang said. “The point of performing is for a form of expression, not for the competition.”

By Sherman Wu, Staff writer 
Photo by Mia Nam