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Porter HS percussion students place 5th at state championship


Porter HS percussion students place 5th at state championship


April 17, 2017 | Interpersonal and Collaborative Skills | Percussion Students from Porter High School have competed each year since 2014 as members of the Texas Color Guard Circuit’s Percussion Division and recently finished 5th out of 17 in their class at the TCGC State Championships held at Texas A&M’s Reed Arena in College Station.

TCGC is the largest and most distinguished competitive circuit in the State of Texas for Color Guard and Indoor Percussion groups that compete in the winter season.

Schools with marching percussion groups are split into four different classes based on their ability, not UIL classification, and classes are managed by the judging panels to ensure that units are accurately placed and not “misclassified” into an easier competition group. This means that of the 17 schools that PHS was competing with at championships, 7 were 5A schools and the other 10 were 6A schools.   

Beginning groups participate in “Scholastic Marching AA”, Intermediate groups are in “Scholastic Marching A”, advanced groups are in “Scholastic Marching Open” and extremely advanced groups are in “Scholastic Marching World” class.  

This season, there were 11 teams in Scholastic Marching AA, 18 teams in Scholastic Marching A, 9 teams in Scholastic Marching Open, and only 2 teams in Scholastic Marching World.  

After competing in Scholastic AA for its first two seasons and earning the Bronze Medal at State Championships in 2015, Porter Indoor Marching Percussion was promoted to the much tougher Scholastic Marching A class in 2016 and the team suffered from the growing pains of not being prepared for the much harder competition finishing 12th out of 18.  In 2017, however, the team was much more prepared for the tougher competition  and finished in the top 3 at two of their four qualifying competitions and placed 5th overall out of 17 total groups competing in the “Scholastic Marching A Class.”

The show for 2017 was entitled “Together” and explored the concepts of Working Together, Coming Together and Staying Together.  Students portrayed acts of humanitarian efforts after natural disasters and displayed how working together to achieve  a common goal achieves success.

These students have truly shown themselves to be shining examples of the four pillars of the PHS Spartan Band: Discipline, Honor, Integrity and Commitment. Congratulations to the Porter Indoor Marching Percussion for an outstanding season.