Percussion ensemble takes New England championship

Apr 8, 2019

Dartmouth High’s award winning percussion ensemble earned high marks at its last competition before heading to world championships this week.

On April 6, the percussion ensemble competed at the New England Percussion and Wind Championships, held at Dartmouth High School. Although the group was the only entry in its class — Scholastic Marching World — the ensemble earned a score of 95.95 for its performance.

The ensemble performed its winter show, titled "All In" It focuses on a gambler — played by Caleb Enos — as he becomes trapped in the cycle of addiction. Musicians play the role of dealers and the kings, queens, and jesters that come to life.

“The show just takes you though that lifestyle — it can be demonic, and downhill,” said Local Bolarinho, who plays a King on snare drums.

He is excited to head into the world championships. Although he had hoped for a higher score on April 6, he is hoping for bing things in Ohio.

“I’m really excited for this year because I thought we maxed it out last year, but we really pulled it together this year,” Bolarinho said. “The show is really fun, and I’m just loving it.”

As the percussion ensemble prepares to travel to Dayton, Ohio for the WGI Percussion World Championships, the indoor guard is returning from its trip to the world guard championships.

After hosting a send-off show last week, the indoor guard brought its genie-in-a-bottle-themed show, titled “Granted” to the world stage.

The group earned an 86.6 score and the Fan Favorite title, securing 12th place in the championships.