Formed in the late fall of 2014, IMPACT Percussion is a winter percussion ensemble from Kennewick, WA competing in WGI’s Independent A division. The group currently competes at NWAPA and WGI shows across the Pacific Northwest. The ensemble is run out of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties – Music & Arts Center.
In the group’s first year (2015), 19 members from Kennewick and Pasco came together and learned a full winter percussion show, but the group did not go to any competitions. Instead, the ensemble performed at events across the Tri-Cities community. This extremely dedicated ensemble also never practiced inside a gym this year. All rehearsals were held in an empty parking lot in Downtown Kennewick. The only time the group made it into a gym was for its final performance for family and friends at the end of the season.
In 2016, IMPACT Percussion hit the road and went to two NWAPA competitions in the Portland, OR area. The ensemble won first place at both competitions and IMPACT Percussion was named the 2016 NWAPA Independent A Regional Champions. The group also continued to perform at various local events across the Tri-Cities. The ensemble also got some much-needed indoor time this season as the members spent a couple rehearsals inside a gym.
In 2017, the ensemble took a big step forward as it grew to 30 members representing more than half a dozen schools across the Tri-Cities and beyond. The group also went to two NWAPA competitions, and the WGI Portland Regional – which returned to the area after a nine year hiatus. Just like in 2016, the ensemble was undefeated the entire season. The group was also named the NWAPA 2017 Independent A Regional Champions. Also, in a complete reversal from the group’s 2015 season, IMPACT Percussion was lucky enough to practice indoors and in gyms the entire season.
The group is now preparing for its 2018 season, and staff members are getting ready to take the group to another level.