Winter Percussion Kicks Off this Month

And the beat goes on. And on. At least for members of  Winter Percussion. They are prepping for their season, with auditions on Nov. 15, 16 and 21 at Plymouth. Interested students should show up in the band room 5:30 – 9 p.m. The tentative schedule for the season may be found at

According to Director James Sparling, Winter Percussion is an extracurricular activity that runs from mid-November to mid-April where students can explore their interest in music through battery and front ensemble percussion. The battery consists of drummers and cymbal players that march while the front ensemble consists of keyboard and accessory percussionists that do not march. Even though these two main sections do different things, all students work together to learn and perform the same show.

Austin Luttermoser, Plymouth senior and last season’s drumset player said, “I’ve been in both the battery and the front ensemble during my time in Winter Percussion, but I had a lot of fun in both sections.” Luttermoser also said that he enjoys the feeling of having the group’s hard work pay off at the end of each season.

Winter Percussion is also a no-cut activity and no experience is necessary to become a member of the group. Evie Leach, Plymouth junior and cymbal player, said, “I joined last year and had a really good time. I play a wind instrument in marching band and I didn’t have any experience with percussion, but the staff taught me everything I needed to know to be successful.”

Not only is Winter Percussion an activity to expand a student’s musical knowledge, but it is also a great environment to make friends. Colin Hoffman, Canton senior and quad player, said that he has made almost all of his friends in Winter Percussion because new students join every year and he seems to click with everyone there.

Hoffman also said, “My favorite part of the whole thing is seeing how far we’ve come at the end of the season. In November, we’re practically strangers, but at the end of the season we’re amazing friends that have fought to be better musicians and to make the show the best it can possibly be. I’m really hoping to see a lot of new faces this year so that other people get the chance to know what that’s like, too.”