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Winter Percussion begins the rhythm of competition season

Winter Percussion competed at its first competition Saturday, Feb. 8 at Colony High School.

For the competition, members memorized music arrangements adapted by their instructors, Jacky Nozuka and Tim Curle. Winter Percussion rehearsed every Tuesday and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., focusing on timing and technique.

“One of the most difficult parts is the run. It’s a section that we have to play really fast and speeds up as it goes through the pace, so it gets difficult to keep time,” marimbist senior Renard Pascual said. “We know we could’ve done better. We were all just nervous, but we’ll come back better next time.”

Judges evaluated the performance based on the group’s artistry and execution of its music. Winter Percussion placed third in competition but look to refine its routine and improve for the rest of the season.

“[My favorite part] is mainly the awards and when the judges have their scores ready to announce,” xylophonist junior Vega Shin said. “I like to see the comparison of the different schools we went up against. [That] is what also motivates me to push forward to improve for the next competitions.”

Winter Percussion will compete in its next competition Saturday, Feb. 29 at Rancho Cucamonga High School.

“Overall, we need to learn how to perform as a group. When you have 20 to 30 people all playing at a different tempo, it makes it difficult,” electric guitarist senior Muneet Lehal said. “We need to work on performing the piece as a show instead of just notes on a page.”

By Freda Lei, Staff writer
Photo by Isaac Le