Westhill High School’s Ensemble is ready to make some noise. The group will be performing in three indoor percussion competitions, beginning at Westhill this weekend and ending the season in Ohio next week. On Saturday, Westhilll will host and participate in the Musical Arts Conference Championship, featuring 14 percussion groups.
“It’s a great feeling for them to be able to take pride in the fact that amongst all the schools that could have hosted, we were chosen to do so,” says Westhill’s Band Director Michael Wyatt. “And it’s also great for them that they have an opportunity to really kind of show off their school.”
“After the home show, championships are for us,” says Jacob Hardman, snare drum player. “We have U.S. Bands Championships on Sunday and then World Finals Tuesday through Friday.
“We’re going to face seven groups in our class on Saturday, We’re going to face 14 groups in our class on Sunday, and then we’re facing 54 groups in our class next week in Ohio,” says Wyatt.
“We’re really excited; this is kind of our last push for the season and it’s really good to kind of be at the culmination of all of our efforts for these past few months,” says Hardman.
“I’m optimistic; I think we’re doing well and hopefully we can continue that and end this year on a high note,” Wyatt.
The group has been working hard since December and Hardman says this year’s dynamic and edgy performance may give them that extra push.
“Our show this year is ‘Hanging By a Thread’, so it’s basically we’re puppets and it kind of tells a story of, in the beginning, we’re puppets under the control of the puppet master,” says Hardman. “A kind of revolution spreads amongst all of the puppets and at the end of the show we capture the puppet master.”
Saturday’s competition will begin at 5 p.m. in the Westhill auditorium.