SHS Winter Percussion Heading to...
The WGI World Competition will take place in Dayton, Ohio, from April 9 through 11, 2015.
The winter percussion ensemble w...
Stamford Public Schools (SPS) comprises more than 16,100 students, over 1,500 professionals, and 20
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  • 1. -more- __________________________________________________________________________________ SHS Winter Percussion Heading to the World Competition in Dayton Scoring First in Preliminary Round and Second Overall in Regionals FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2015 MEDIA CONTACT: Sharon Beadle 203-977-4095 sbeadle@stamfordct.gov Stamford, Conn.—Stamford High School (SHS) Winter Percussion recently took second place in the Winter Guard International (WGI) Trumbull Regional competition, en route to compete in the WGI World Championships for the first time in five years. Winter Percussion, or indoor percussion ensemble, consists of marching percussion (or battery) and front ensemble (pit or frontline) sections of a marching band. Winter Percussion marries elements of music performance, marching, and theater. Performing their show, “Priceless,” SHS came in first out of 12 competing Scholastic A Class bands, from across the East Coast to Canada, in the preliminary round of the competition. The preliminary placement earned them one of only six spots to compete in the finals. The theme of the show “Priceless” is based off of the 1990’s MasterCard commercials, but highlights the “priceless” moments made while performing with your friends in a drumline. In the finals, SHS scored 83.525 points out of 100 points, just slightly behind the first place high school from Rhode Island. Bands are awarded points for their performance in the following three areas: general effect, music performance, and visual performance. “I am very proud of the winter percussion ensemble students and staff this year,” said SHS Music Teacher, Band Director, and Alumnus George Beratis. “The students have been working very hard since the end of October in preparation for the current season. My students practice tirelessly and are seeing their hard work pay off right in front of their eyes. Beratis said the show is a “must-see” performance. Details on upcoming shows can be found at http://www.stamfordhigh.org/beratis.aspx .
  • 2. The WGI World Competition will take place in Dayton, Ohio, from April 9 through 11, 2015. The winter percussion ensemble will be practicing over 20 hours a week to prepare for the Musical Arts Conference (MAC) Championships in early April, as well as and their trip to Ohio for the WGI World Championships. SHS Winter Percussion Brian Roman*, Snare drum and drum set, Senior Teddy Lionetti, Snare drum, Senior Stephen Musitano*, Snare drum and drum set, Senior Anthony Flores, Tenor drums, Senior Matthew Denicola, Bass drum, Junior Andrew Knaus, Bass drum, 10th grade Ivan Velez, Bass drum, Junior Jakob Zeller, Bass drum, Freshman Chris Ryan, Marching cymbals, Senior Jennifer Midy, Marching cymbals, Senior Matthew Bagan, Marching cymbals and synthesizer, Junior Benjamin Jachimczyk, Cymbals and drum set, Freshman Ashley Lupo*, Marimba, Senior Shynah Batista, Marimba, Senior Viviana Castillo, Marimba, Senior Sophia Giello, Vibraphone, Junior Susana Cevallos, Vibraphone, Junior Michael Mazzeo, Electric guitar and electronics, Sophomore Joseph Bagan, Mallet cat and synthesizer, Freshman Andrew Bagan, Synthesizer and accessories, 6th grade Andrew Cohen, Accessory percussion, Freshman Chris Lofreddo, Accessory percussion, Freshman Steven Flores, Accessory percussion, bells, and mallet cat, Freshman *Captain SHS Winter Percussion Staff Members Five of the nine-member staff of the SHS Winter Percussion band are SHS graduates. George Beratis, Band Director ** Diane Zinicola, Percussion Director** Willie Dumas, Visual Caption Head** Holman Carvajal, Visual Tech Stacey Palumbo, Battery Tech** Matt Kravetz, Tenor Tech and Sound Engineer- Jess Tenca, Front Ensemble Caption Head** Matt Bauer, Front Ensemble Tech Leila Polo, Cymbal Tech ** Stamford High School Graduate ###
  • 3. Stamford Public Schools (SPS) comprises more than 16,100 students, over 1,500 professionals, and 20 schools, including six magnet and two International Baccalaureate schools. SPS has a total of 12 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools. The mission of SPS is to prepare each and every student for higher education and success in the 21st century. SPS is proud that our district is as rich in diversity as it is in talent. We have students from many cultural backgrounds and geographic locations—as demonstrated by the more than 65 different languages spoken in the homes of our families. SPS offers our students a learning experience rich in cultural diversity and reflective of the global society in which they will work and live.

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