Westview Gold Indoor Marching
WHO: All Band, Instrumental Ensemble, Orchestra Students and Parents!
WHAT: Information and Signup Meeting
WHEN: 6-6:30 pm Wednesday, November 14, 2007
WHERE: Westview Band Room
Dear Band, Instrumental Ensemble, Orchestra Students and Parents:
We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to an information/sign-up meeting
for the Westview High School Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble. All band,
orchestra and instrumental ensemble students are invited to participate in IMP.
At the meeting we will address the Spring 2008 rehearsal and performance schedule,
cost, etc. involved with the IMP group. Please scroll down for a preview. We will also
answer any questions you may have.
We look forward to meeting you, and we anticipate a great season for the Indoor
Marching Percussion group!
Jeri Webb Michael Atesalp Michael Fortin Nicole
Music Director Percussion Instructor Percussion Coach
WHAT IS INDOOR PERCUSSION…
Indoor percussion ensembles are comprised of marching percussion (snares,
tenors, basses), concert percussion (timpani, marimbas, xylophones, etc.) and
sometimes other instruments (electric guitar/bass, synthesizers, etc.). The
marching percussion section of the ensemble also incorporates choreography
and movement into their performance. The ensemble’s performances are
mostly competition based and usually take place in high schools or college
gymnasiums. Check out a video of our last year’s championship performance
on www.youtube.com/ westview drumline ADLA Championships
DID YOU KNOW…
o Winter/spring percussion ensembles are not a new thing. There
have been competitive circuits in southern California for more
than 25 years.
o The indoor percussion ensembles and “percussion theater” are
fairly new activities that emerged from a fusion of marching
percussion ensembles and winter guards.
o The indoor percussion ensemble is one of the fastest growing
activities among pageantry arts.
o There are literally hundreds of ensembles throughout California
and the number of these ensembles grows each year.
Although it seems like we have a lot of rehearsals, the time spent is going to be
half of what some of our competitors are putting in. Because of that, the
success of the season depends on attendance at all rehearsals and performances,
and a great attitude and desire to succeed. You are expected to participate in all
activities, as absences hurt your performance as well as the group. Because of
our relatively short amount of ensemble rehearsal time, you are also expected
to come to rehearsals prepared. Individual practice is expected.
We understand conflicts occur, and communication of these conflicts is vital
for the group’s success. Any absences for necessary situations must be
communicated to the Director well in advance of the rehearsals.
SO WHAT DOES IT COST…
There are a lot of expenses that are inherent with doing this type of activity and
the majority of the funding comes from the membership. We must pay for
competitions, drum heads, sticks, mallets, trucks to transport instruments to and
from shows, etc. That is just a sample of the overhead. IMP is an extra-
curricular activity and therefore it is open to those students who receive a grade
of Satisfactory on their report cards. In order to participate, students must be
current with their Fair Share Donations or have made arrangements with the
Booster President. We are planning on having fundraising opportunities available to
help further defray the cost of the tuition. These opportunities are in the planning stages,
and we will keep you informed as soon as details are known.
Tuition Payment Schedule (this includes the cost of a uniform):
December 1, 2007 $320
January 7, 2008 $320
SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT FEES…
o Students will be getting over 100 hours of instruction by multiple
staff members. If you were to pay ONE private instructor for that
time it would cost you over $3,000
o Some Drumline/Colorguard groups charge tuitions of up to
$1,500 per season.
o The retail cost of replacing drum heads for the whole group is
o IMP Tuition makes a nice Holiday Gift!
Monday and Wednesday Nights 6pm-9pm (starting 12/05/07)
Saturdays 9am-1pm (every other Saturday beginning
Rehearse-a-thon: TBD (beginning of January)
We intend on performing at 4 to 5 tournaments (including Championships).
The actual schedule will be finalized ASAP, pending registration acceptance
(some shows have been booked to full capacity since November 1st). Every
effort will be made to avoid scheduling conflicts with school activities (School
Musical, Festivals, etc). Shows are typically all day on Saturdays.
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, November 14, 2007!!!