Knox High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble Finishes Season

Seniors Dillon Button and John Howard (Batman and The Joker) rehearse their roles on Saturday before the IPA State Prelims in Avon.

The Knox High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble closed out their season on Saturday, March 17th, at the Indiana Percussion Association State Prelims in Avon.

Their 2012 production, entitled “The Dark Knight”, featured music from the movie soundtrack of the same name. The group started the season in Percussion Scholastic Class AA, but was quickly identified by the IPA Board of Directors for promotion to Class A. The entire ensemble was recognized in a special ceremony at a contest earlier in the year, and was recognized again at State Prelims for their outstanding achievement.

“Promotion is one of the highest honors IPA can bestow on an ensemble,” stated Percussion Director, Andy Rice. “It is a recognition that the students have accomplished everything that is asked of them at a certain level, and they have demonstrated that they are prepared for a new challenge. Only four groups in the state were promoted to Class A this year. The kids and community should have lot of pride in this program.”

Although the ensemble did not advance to State Finals, the students had an outstanding performance and were noted for their creativity and training. It was an enjoyable conclusion to a successful season, and everyone is looking forward to the upcoming fall and next winter.

Story and photo submitted by David Elliott and Knox High School Principal Dr. Elizabeth Ratliff.