BW Drumline Brings Home 2nd Straight Championship
The Baldwin-Woodville Winter Drumline participated in the Minnesota Percussion Association State Championships this past weekend, in Rochester, MN. They competed against 8 other schools in the Percussion Scholastic Regional A Class, and at the end of the night were rewarded for their efforts. This is the 2nd straight championship for BW, in only their 2nd year as a competitive program.
“I am so incredibly proud of these students and their dedication to this program. They have had to give up a number of Saturdays for rehearsals and competitions, but they persevered and saved their best for championships. It is truly rewarding to see a group of individuals act and perform as one, and an honor to represent the communities of Baldwin and Woodville,” said BW Band Director Adam Bassak.
The weekend began with a “Send-Off Performance” Friday night at BWHS to showcase all of their work from the season to the public. At the end of their performance they received a standing ovation from hundreds of parents, students, and community members. “I have worked with a number of programs and communities and have never seen anything like this,” said staff member Jacob Lundy. “The community support is incredible and well deserved by these students.”
Saturday they traveled to Rochester, MN to perform at the Rochester Civic Center. A large venue that is very different from anywhere they have performed before. They scored a 90.825, the 3rd highest score of the 25 competing groups across all classes and age groups. “I thought topping last year was going to be hard, but this show blew me away,” said Bassak. “It is great to see the program continue to grow.” Staff member TJ Larum stated, “It goes without saying that the students never cease to amaze. It is their dedication to excellence and passion for one another that fuels all involved in the program. It is a privilege to listen to the music these students make every weekend.”
The Scores for Scholastic Regional A Class were as follows: 1. Baldwin-Woodville 90.825, 2. Henry Sibley 89.400, 3. Dassel-Cokato 86.163, 4. St. Francis 82.050, 5. North St. Paul 82.038, 6. Menomonie 80.825, 7. Long Prairie Grey Eagle 80.513, 8. Foley 77.325, 9. Totino-Grace 76.700.
The BW Drumline experienced success the entire season; placing 1st or 2nd at a number of competitions, finishing 6th at a WGI Regional National Competition, and of course defending their championship. They are currently drumline champions in Wisconsin and Minnesota. “This would not be possible without an incredible staff, great parents and wonderful support. I would like to thank staff members TJ Larum, Ryan Wilson, Aaron Kittelson, Jacob Lundy, Andy Larum, and Jordan Jergenson. Vince Cernohous for loading and driving the trailer, Rich Carlson for driving the bus, Heather Kittelson for our incredible costumes, all of our chaperones for taking such great care of our students.
All involved in the drumline are excited to continue to bring the program to new levels next year.