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Read on to learn how students can become involved in LGHS Percussion.


Percussion Techniques Class

The Music Department offers an elective course, Percussion Techniques, to interested students at all grade levels.  Freshman Marching Band percussionists are automatically placed in this course, which meets during 5th period and is overseen by marching band instructors Cameron Spencer and Steve Martinez. The goal of the class is to provide a solid foundation for all percussion techniques (rudimentary, mallets, timpani, and small auxiliary) while preparing percussion ensemble music throughout the year. Students will acquire the skills needed for future placement in the Percussion sections of Symphonic Band/ Wind Ensemble, and for participation in the Winter Percussion ensemble. Students who complete Percussion Techniques will receive 1 year of Performing Arts credit (grades 9-12).


Winter Percussion

Winter Percussion is offered as an extracurricular activity. The ensemble rehearses for several hours after school twice a week and on Saturdays, after the fall Marching Band season ends. Members work on a show with a theme or storyline expressed through music, choreography, drill, costuming, and characterization. Winter Percussion performs at local and national level competitions, and at school events. Because it is an extracurricular activity, students do not receive academic credit for participation in Winter Percussion. Find more information about this years' program HERE.

We need a parent or two to help out with the Jan. 17 8th grade info night... to serve pizza from 5:45-7:30. http://lghsmusic.ivolunteer.com/event_007

If you missed the informational meeting on November 9th, and you are interested in Winter Percussion, please contact Cameron  Spencer at cs@eusonic.com.

Winter Percussion is an after school activity that runs from December through March. You don't have to be a percussionist to join. We will teach you. It's similar to the marching band, but we perform indoors, have more elaborate shows, and it's a slightly smaller time commitment (no Football games). This group is extremely successful, placing in the top 3 at championships for the past 4 years. Here's a video from last year.

Competition Dates:

  •  February 10th in Dublin
  •  February 24th in Stockton
  •  March 10th in San Jose
  •  March 23rd-25th in San Bernadino

We're giving you these competition dates early because attendance at all competitions is mandatory. If you have a schedule conflict on a competition date email Cameron immediately. We may be able to work something out.

We also ask that members be in town on Thursday 2/22 and Friday 2/23 during Ski Week. We have rehearsals these days leading into our second competition. This is when we plan to be finishing the show, so it's very important to have everyone there.

We're excited to share the show theme with you all! The staff has been working hard on it for many months.

LGHS Winter Percussion ensemble wore medals, and huge smiles, after capping off a banner season by taking 1st Place in their division at the Northern California Percussion Alliance Championships on April 2. The group edged out 14 other schools in a deep field to take the top prize for the first time in LGHS history. On March 5 they also earned 2nd Place at WGI Regional Finals in Fresno. Congratulations to the students, and their hardworking directors Cameron Spencer and Steve Martinez, for an amazing season!

Spring has also been a winning season for four students from LGHS Wind Ensemble. Lazare Herzi (trombone, '16), Max Swisher (euphonium, '16), John Field (tuba, '18), and Eli Merg (trombone, '18) earned rave reviews and Command Performance honors for their Low Brass Quartet performance at the CMEA Solo/Ensemble Festival at San Jose State on March 19. Lazare has also held spots in the Santa Clara County Honor Band and the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band for 2016, and Max performed in the California All-State Honor Band and in the National Honor Band. Hats off to all four musicians for their outstanding work.