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Northview captures state percussion title

Monday, March 26, 2012

Northview High School's Indoor Percussion ensemble won the Indiana State Championship Saturday.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Northview High School Indoor Percussion ensemble earned the Class A Indiana State Championship Saturday.

The Indiana Percussion Association State Finals took place at Ben Davis High School.

Competing in the PSA Division, Northview scored a 91.6 to win the title, with their show entitled "Destinations."

Greenwood placed second with an 89.97 and Maconaquah finished third with an 86.3.

The win was a surprise as Northview trailed Greenwood all season. However, the win was decisive as Northview ranked first from all six judges.

"Who would have thought that the group that showed up to their first contest with only of the drill learned, hardly any movement, and no uniforms would go on to become state champions?" Senior member Joe Varvel said.

Northview Indoor Percussion is led by director Rusty Bottomley; staff members include Brian Blume (music arranger), Tim Keller (drill designer), Dana Bottomley, AJ Cowall, Trevor Hanson, Sean Widmer and Jeff McCullough.

The win marks the second Class A State title from the ensemble as Northview also won in 2007 with the show "Ab Ovo." The group placed second in Open class competition in 2008 with "Picture Perfect", took a year off in 2009, placed sixth in Open in 2010 with "Grow" and seventh in Class A in 2011 with "Black Widow."

"I'm really proud of the kids and their growth this year," Bottomley said. "They really took their performance abilities up a notch and performed at a very high level. The show Saturday was fantastic. I told the kids when we returned to NHS Saturday night that the championship was amazing, but that what they'll remember was this group of people and how well they performed this show. And now they each know that with hard work and confidence they can be successful with whatever they put their minds to in the future."

Members include seniors Aubrey Welton, Devon Mikles, Joe Varvel and Shea McCoy; juniors Dan Reberger, Conrad Koehler, Lindsay Wools, Kody Jones, Danielle King, Traci Wyndham and Ethan Sands; sophomores Lexi Barnett, Josh Wise, Katie Souder, Brandon Rothrock; freshmen Jackson Copper, Dylan Sutherland, Austen Bowen and Mikala Atkinson; 8th graders Nathan Marshall, Grace Pierce, and Hanna Barnett; and 7th grader Nic Ross.

At the end of the competition, Zionsville was fourth overall with an 86.18, followed by Corydon Central (84.91), Terre Haute North (84.8), Tri-West (83.83), Avon "A" (82.675), North Harrison (82.22), Perry Meridian (81.61), Mt. Vernon (81.53), Plymouth (81.1), Vincennes Lincoln (80.0), Martinsville (80.78), East Noble (80.77), Hagerstown (80.6), Terre Haute South (78.22), Pendleton Heights (77.22), Elkhart Memorial (74.11), Taylor (72.3), Yorktown (71.71) and South Central (71.45).

Center Grove won the PSW Division with a score of 91.0, while Lake Central won the PSCW Division with an 87.70.

Greenfield-Central captured first-place in the PSO Division with an 87.50 score and Warsaw won the PSCO Division with a 91.05.

Cloverdale captured first in the PIA Division with a 72.90 and Twin Lakes won the PSCA Division with a 91.05.

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Congratulations to the Percussion ensemble! Great job!!!!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Mon, Mar 26, 2012, at 11:14 AM

Could have listed the names of our kids, instead of the names of the other schools that we don't care about.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Tue, Mar 27, 2012, at 6:29 AM

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