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.
Staff Contact Info:
Jared Olson, Winter Drumline Director | firstname.lastname@example.org | 763-300-2225
Zach Fitzgibbon, Battery Coordinator | email@example.com | 612-719-5913
Mack Steinberg, Front Ensemble Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org | 651-280-8124
2021-2022 Season Info:
The Eden Prairie Winter Drumline season begins on Thursday, November 4th and Monday and November 8th with “Try It Nights” from 7pm to 9pm in the EPHS band area. Current and prospective students will be able to try various instruments, learn from instructional staff and other current members, and narrow down the instruments they would like to audition for. Following that, we will host a Parent and Member Info Meeting and New Member Auditions. All 8th-12th grade percussionists are encouraged to attend!
Dates to note:
Thursday, November 4th 7-9pm – Try It Night #1
Monday, November 8th 7-9pm – Try It Night #2
Thursday, November 11th 7-9pm – Parent and Member Info Meeting
Monday, November 15th 6-9pm – New Member Auditions
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