Zionsville Indoor Percussion topped 16 Scholastic Class A winter percussion groups to claim the IPA state title Saturday night at Ben Davis High School.
This is ZIP's fourth Indiana Percussion Association Class A state championship in five years.
Percussion Scholastic A scores at the state finals began in the low 70s, with scores among the top five finishers all within a narrow margin: fifth-place Brownsburg scored an 88.700, followed by Hamilton Southeastern with an 88.888; Carroll High School with a 88.925, and Northview with a 89.250. Zionsville earned top honors with a score of 90.288.
This year's Zionsville Indoor Percussion show is entitled "The Missing Link."
Zionsville Community High School Director of Bands is Tom Landrum. The ensemble is co-directed by Sam Beckom and Michael Rennaker, with former director Orion Avery acting as a consultant. Jack Percival, who also writes the drill for ZCHS's marching band and winter guard, is the show's designer. The original music was written by Don Barrett, who has written for Zionsville's marching band and winter percussion groups for the past five years. Winter Guard Director Brayton Mendenhall has assisted ZIP with its choreography. Former ZIP members Logan Witt and Brandan Willy help with the ensemble, and John Chung and Stephan Garbar round out the staff. Jeff King coordinates both the ZIP and ZIP cadet programs.
ZIP won IPA Percussion Scholastic Class A titles in 2015, 2016, 2017 and now, 2019. In 2018, ZIP was bumped into the more challenging Scholastic Open division, and placed third in the state.
Winter percussion is one of several opportunities for Zionsville band students to hone their music and performance skills during the marching band off season. Many band students participate in concert bands, a percussion class, the jazz band, and pep band.
"I want people to realize just how much is going on," Landrum said. "All the success in the winter groups really helps the marching band in the fall."
Landrum noted that not all of ZIP members are percussionists year round.
"Some of the performers are woodwind and brass musicians — the cymbal line plays woodwind and brass in marching band," he said.
Winter percussion has a cadet program, with students from Zionsville Middle School and Zionsville West participating and learning skills to prepare them for the high school program.
"That's a really valuable feeder program," Landrum said, noting that most of the state-winning ZIP ensemble were once ZIP cadets.
While it soon will be time for the winter musicians to turn their attention to a new marching season, ZIP members have one last competition — the WGI Percussion World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, later this month.
Nearly 50 Scholastic Class A bands from around the county will compete in preliminary events April 10, with the top 24 groups advancing to semi-finals April 11. Only 15 Scholastic Class A will move on to finals April 12.
For more information about ZIPs performance location and times at the WGI Percussion World Championships, visit www.wgi.com. For more information about ZCHS band activities, calendars, photos and registration information, visit ZCHSbands.com.