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June 24, 2014

Aledo High School Percussion Ensemble to perform at PASIC

WEATHERFORD — Staff Reports

Members of the Aledo High School Percussion Ensemble will perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis in November, thanks to board approval of out-of-state travel expenses for students last week.

The group is one of just two high school percussion ensembles in the nation to be selected.

“I believe there are 26 kids going,” said Superintendent Derek Citty, adding that most of the costs would be covered through fundraising.

“However, I’ve asked Mr. [Joey] Paul to work up a number as to what they estimate the chartered bus cost will be and see if Mr. [Earl] Husfeld and I can dig up some dollars to pay the difference for airfare so these kids don’t miss an extra day of school.”

This spring, Aledo Percussion submitted recordings from two concerts that were then judged by collegiate professors and professional percussionists, leading to the invitation.

“This is a huge honor for the percussion program as this percussion contest is the largest and most prestigious percussion contest in the world,” AHS percussion director Tanner Trigg said.

The Percussive Arts Society International Convention features more than 120 concerts, clinics, classes, labs, workshops, panels and presentations.

Artists are invited to present and perform. The program showcases all areas of percussion, including: drumset, marching, keyboard, symphonic, world, recreational, education, music technology and new music.

“Mr. Trigg has elevated the percussion group; I’ve been here 21 years, and I’ve never seen it at such high quality,” said AHS Band Director Joey Paul.

“It’s incredible what these students are doing.”

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