OG indoor percussion looks to 2018 season

By BUSTER WOLFE,

The Oak Grove Indoor Percussion program is looking to repeat its two successful seasons this year, culminating with the Winter Guard International World Percussion Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

For the past two years – the first years in competition, the Oak Grove squad received the Fan Favorite Award at the WGI World Percussion Championships. The 2016 performers captured second place for Scholastic A Class.

“We won Silver Medals the first time at World Championships … and won Fan Favorite,” said director David Louviere. “Out of 59 groups in their class, only 15 advance to finals. Oak Grove not only advanced to finals, but also took home second place.”

When Oak Grove returned to the World Championships last year, the group placed fourth in the world and won Fan Favorite for the second year in a row.

Before the national competition, Oak Grove Indoor Percussion competed at WGI Regionals at USM in Hattiesburg in March.

Oak Grove is also defending back-to-back state champions in the other circuit of competition – the Louisiana Mississippi Color Guard and Percussion Circuit. Oak Grove Indoor Percussion competes in several competitions leading up to the LMCGPC State Championships in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Louviere said more than 50 students are involved in the program, including performers as well as managers.

“The group consists of all percussion instruments: a drum line, cymbals, a front ensemble and six dancers,” he said. “Indoor Percussion groups perform in gymnasiums and arenas on a gigantic mat that is the size of a gym floor.”

The Indoor Percussion program also is totally self-funded, Louviere said.

“Students who participate not only pay dues to cover the cost for staffing and show design and props, but also spend many hours outside of rehearsals to raise funds that benefit the entire group,” he said. “The program takes place totally outside of school hours. There are no rehearsals set during regular band class for the group of students who try out and participate. Rehearsals are set for several times a week during the season and the group has weekend competitions in one of the two different circuits during the season.”

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