Indoor Percussion Ensemble
The South Forsyth Indoor Percussion Ensemble began performing in January of 2012 under the guidance of Percussion Director, Mark Hunter. They quickly were promoted from the Novice class to the more competitive Scholastic A class after their very first competitive performance. They are still an active competing unit in the Southern Association for Performing Arts (SAPA) at the Scholastic A level.
An indoor percussion ensemble or indoor drumline consists of the marching percussion (or battery) and front ensemble (or pit) sections of a marching band or drum corps. Indoor Percussion marries elements of music performance, marching, and theater; thus, the activity is often referred to as percussion theater. Although most indoor percussion ensembles are affiliated with high schools, there are also many independent groups that draw participants from a large area. Independent groups typically start rehearsing in October and groups associated with high schools start after marching band season ends in November or December, and the season culminates with WGI World Championships in April. It is sometimes called Winter Percussion due to the season in which it mostly occurs.
The South Forsyth Percussion Ensemble is made up of all of the participating percussionist in the South Forsyth Band program. The Ensemble performs in one large group as well as smaller chamber percussion groups. The percussion students at South Forsyth are trained in a variety of aspects of percussion and have an opportunity to perform with not only the above ensembles but also in one of four concert bands and a jazz bands
A percussion ensemble is a musical ensemble consisting of only percussion instruments. Although the term can be used to describe any such group, it commonly refers to groups of classically-trained percussionists performing primarily classical music.