Winter Drumline

Being a part of an ensemble that competes in Winter Guard International (WGI) and Minnesota Percussion Association (MPA) events offers students a unique opportunity to learn, perform, and compete in this constantly evolving and challenging activity. While competition is a part of the process, personal growth for the participants is the ultimate goal. Each group offers a unique combination of education, life experience, and tradition, sure to leave a positive, life-long impression on your child. At EPHS students will have the opportunity to continue growth and development in: teamwork, communication skills, work ethic, accountability, leadership, musical development ensemble skills, technique, performance, and group first. The Eden Prairie Winter Drumline is a Scholastic Open line competing in both MPA and WGI. The Winter Drumline consists of battery percussion (snare drums, tenor drums, bass drums, and cymbals) and front ensemble percussion (marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, xylophone, drum set, synthesizer, and auxiliary percussion). The Winter Drumline season typically runs from mid-November to mid-April.

Fill out our Winter Drumline Interest Form for the 2024 season!

EPHS Drumline Instagram

EPHS Drumline YouTube 

Exercise Packets

Staff Contact Info:

Jared Olson, Winter Drumline Director | | 763-300-2225

Zach Fitzgibbon, Battery Coordinator | | 612-719-5913

Mack Steinberg, Front Ensemble Coordinator | | 651-280-8124

Winter Drumline Season Info:

The Eden Prairie Winter Drumline season begins in mid-November with "try-it nights" and a parent/student pre-season meeting in the EPHS band area. All 8th-12th grade percussionists (as well as non-percussionists for select instruments) are encouraged to attend! The calendar below has all rehearsals and competitions listed through the end of the season in mid-April. The Winter Drumline season ends with a trip to Dayton, OH for WGI World Championships! 

Be sure to check out our Instagram and YouTube. Please reach out to Jared Olson with any questions!

Marching Band Percussion

The fall Drumline and Front Ensemble make up the percussion section of the Eagle Marching Band. Both marching battery percussion (snare drum, tenor drum, bass drum, cymbals) as well as grounded front ensemble percussion (marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, synthesizer, drum set, and auxiliary percussion) contribute to the Eagle Band music and visual design. The Eagle Marching Band competes in local area shows as well as Bands of America Regionals and Grand Nationals. Percussionists in 8th-12th grade are encouraged to join! Auditions typically occur at the end of May and rehearsals typically begin in July and end in  October.

Concert Band Percussion Ensemble

Concert Percussion Benchmark Exams

Term 2, 9th
Term 3, 9th
Term 4, 9th
Term 2, concert
Term 3, Concert
Term 4, Concert
Term 2, Symphonic
Term 3, Symphonic
Term 4, Symphonic
Term 2, Wind Ensemble
Term 3, Wind Ensemble
Term 4, Wind Ensemble


Performed at the 1997, 2010, 2014 Music For All National Percussion Festival.
Performed at the 1998, 2010, 2014 Minnesota Music Education Mid-Winter Clinic.
Performed at the 1998 Minnesota Percussion Association Day of Percussion.
2012 WGI Scholastic Open Semi Finalists
2013, 2014 WGI Scholastic World Finalists
2015, 2016, 2017 WGI Scholastic World Semi Finalists
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Minnesota Percussion Association State Champions