Percussion

Arcadia Percussion has three performing ensembles:  World Line, Open Line, and A line.  Approximately 90 to 100 students participate each year.  Each ensemble takes part in three main activities:  outdoor marching percussion, concert performances with the orchestras and concert bands, and indoor marching percussion competitions in the spring.  The ensembles are directed by Kevin Sherrill and instructed by Tony Nunez, Kevin Shah, Jesus Alcantar, Jeff Doolittle, Phil Idell, James Yoshizawa, James Catherall and Kyle Harry.


Each group has two components which are the battery and the pit.  The battery is made up of snares, tenors (also called quds), and basses.  The pit, or front ensemble, can have xylophones, marimbas, vibes, timpani, drum kit, and synthesizers, as well as an array of auxillary percussion instruments.

All three percussion ensembles marched in the 2012 Rose Parade as part of the Apache Marching Band.

"A" Line and Open Line - Intermediate Percussion:  Both the ensembles march in the Arcadia Festival of Bands parade and perform at the percussion competition, as well.  Both ensembles compete during spring indoor percussion season at SCPA (Southern California Percussion Alliance) and WGI (World Guard International) events.  They also travel to one competition outside the Southern California area.  The students' work ethic and dedication have resulted in great success through the years at indoor competitions earning awards and medals.

In 2013-2014, Open Line won the silver medal and the "A" Line garnered a bronze medal at the SCPA Finals in San Bernardino.  The Open Line also earned first place at WGI regional finals competition in Fresno, California.

World Line - Advanced Percussion:  The World Line is the Apache Marching Band percussion section.  They perform throughoutthe fall in band reviews, field show tournaments, at home football games and at Arcadia Festival of Bands.  During the spring this group performs at the highest scholastic level in both SCPA and WGI competitions.  The student and instructor commitment produces great success in competition in California, and they are consistent SCPA regional finalists and medalists.  World Line has been a finalist at WGI National Championships every year since they started competing at the national level in the 2001-2002 season.

In 2010-11, the World Line was the National Champion, earning the gold medal at the WGI National Champion-ships in Dayton, Ohio, with their show entitled "Rise."  They were also the regional SCPA champions and WGI gold medalists.


In 2014, the World Line placed sixth at the WGI National Championships in Dayton, Ohio, with their show entitled "Find My Way."  They won the bronze medal at the regional SCPA championships held at CSUSB.

2013-14 Season:  There is a parent meeting specifically for percussion parents in the fall - usually October or November. The date will be announced in the fall.  The competition calendar will be posted at arcadiamusic.org.  We are looking forward to a wonderful year!


Websites for indoor percussion competition information:

Southern California Percussion Alliance (SCPA): www.sc-pa.org

Winter Guard International (WGI): www.wgi.org

Note:  World Line members should also check the Band Calendar for Marching Band events.

Percussion Calendar