Even with marching band season ending in the fall, band students at Mount Union Area High School still have many extracurricular opportunities. One of these is the Darkhorse Indoor Percussion, for which students can participate in the drum line or pit percussion ensemble.
This group offers a unique experience to students because band members from area schools are all invited to participate, including Huntingdon Area, Southern Huntingdon County and Juniata Valley high schools.
Freshman Lisa Stoner commented on the benefit of joining indoor percussion.
“One of the main benefits is having the opportunity to come together with all four schools and be a part of something much bigger than ourselves,” she said. “You become so close with the people around you that by the end of the season, it feels like a family. In the end, I guess you could say you join to better yourself as a musician and stay to better yourself as a person.”
Practices for indoor percussion are held from 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The drum line has separate practices from 4-6 p.m. Fridays.
The Darkhorse Indoor Percussion also has multiple competitions throughout the winter and spring months. The final championship for the group is held at Wildwood, New Jersey, from from Wednesday, April 29, to Sunday, May 3. There, the ensemble practices even more and competes at the end of the week. Darkhorse Indoor Percussion took home the gold medal last season with its first place performance.
The Darkhorse Percussion is looking forward to a successful season and working hard to represent Mount Union and the surrounding schools in Wildwood, New Jersey.