While marching band season has been done since November for most area band members, nearly two dozen percussion players in Coal Grove, Ohio are still marching and playing indoors in the Ohio winter indoor competition circuit.
Coal Grove’s Dawson-Bryant High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble is in their third year in competition with 23 members and Aaron Statler is the director.
So far in 2019 the Dawson-Bryant group has two second place and two first place awards. Not everyone in the group is a traditional drummer or mallet player as there are also some members of the group who play wind instruments in the traditional marching band in the fall.
Indoor winter season contests feature themed performances in a gym and often groups will stage props across the entire floor to reflect the show theme. Marching is confined to that space and the performance is judged much like outdoor season contests with points for execution, skill in playing as well as showmanship and artistry.
The Coal Grove group will be at the OIPA State Championships this weekend in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Two other Dawson-Bryant band members will be competing with a separate group known as Movimiento Expressivo Winter Guard out of Charleston, West Virginia at the same contest.
More info about the show can be found at here