Percussion

  • Percussion Scholastic A (PSA)

    • These ensembles demonstrate basic skills and concepts. Performers strive to achieve basic musical and technical skill sets as well as facilitate beginning concepts of movement.

    • A Class ensembles incorporate moderate challenges regarding orchestration and content.

    • In this class, groups with less experience in the indoor arena are given an opportunity for success.

  • Percussion Scholastic A-Advanced (PSA-Adv.)

    • These are the more accomplished ensembles who demonstrate basic skills and concepts. 

    • Performers in this class show an understanding of basic musical and technical skill sets as well as facilitate beginning concepts of movement.

    • A-Advanced class ensembles incorporate moderate challenges regarding orchestration and content.

    • This class is for percussion units displaying basic skills who wish to compete in CIPA as well as compete at the WGI A Class level regionally or nationally. Participation in WGI events, however, is NOT a prerequisite for participation in this class.

  • Percussion Independent A (PIA)

    • These ensembles may include participation from performers up to the age of 22 and are not required to be affiliated with one particular school system.

    • Percussion Independent A ensembles demonstrate basic skills and concepts. Performers strive to achieve basic musical and technical skill sets as well as facilitate beginning concepts of movement. 

    • A Class ensembles incorporate moderate challenges regarding orchestration and content.

  • Percussion Scholastic Open (PSO)

    • These ensembles demonstrate intermediate skills and concepts.

    • These ensembles have experience in the indoor activity and have moved beyond basic skills, but not yet ready for the advanced skills and concepts expected in PSW.

  • Percussion Independent Open (PIO)

    • These ensembles may include participation from performers up to the age of 22 and are not required to be affiliated with one particular school system.

    • Percussion Independent Open ensembles demonstrate intermediate skills in both performance and design. These ensembles have experience in the indoor activity and have moved beyond basic skills, but are not yet ready for the advanced skills, the sophistication of design, and performance consistency expected in PIW.

  • Percussion Scholastic World (PSW)

    • These ensembles demonstrate a virtuosic level of performance and design. All members contribute equally to the advanced level skills expected from participation in this class.

    • Program design and development is at the most sophisticated level in the Scholastic division.

  • Percussion Independent World (PIW)

    • These ensembles may include participation from performers up to the age of 22 and are not required to be affiliated with one particular school system.

    • Independent World class ensembles demonstrate a virtuosic level of performance and design. All members contribute equally to the advanced level skills expected from participation in this class.

    • Program design and development is at the most sophisticated level of the activity.

  • Percussion Scholastic Concert A (PSCA)

    • These ensembles are at a beginning level concert percussion ensemble that participates in the activity with emphasis on percussion performance without the presence of drill.

    • Instrumentation must be oriented to the performance of concert percussion. Movement is permitted for equipment changes and for better presentation of musical performance only.

    • One non-student conductor is allowed to direct the ensemble and must be stationed inside the competition area.

    • Class A percussion ensembles demonstrate basic musical and technical skills and incorporate basic challenges regarding orchestration and content.

  • Percussion Scholastic Concert Open (PSCO)

    • These ensembles are an intermediate level concert percussion ensemble that participates in the activity with emphasis on percussion performance without the presence of drill.

    • Instrumentation must be oriented to the performance of concert percussion. Movement is permitted for equipment changes and for better presentation of musical performance only.

    • One non-student conductor is allowed to direct the ensemble and must be stationed inside the competition area.

    • Open class ensembles demonstrate intermediate musical and technical skills. The programming and orchestration primarily incorporate intermediate design, with the possibility of incorporating limited advance concepts.

  • Percussion Scholastic Concert World (PSCW)

    • These ensembles are an advanced level concert percussion ensemble that participates in the activity with emphasis on percussion performance without the presence of drill.

    • Instrumentation must be oriented to the performance of concert percussion. Movement is permitted for equipment changes and for better presentation of musical performance only.

    • One non-student conductor is allowed to direct the ensemble and must be stationed inside the competition area.

    • Ensembles in the Scholastic World Class demonstrate advanced level musical skills and concepts.

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