Interested in being a part of IMPACT Percussion? Our 2018 cast is set, but read on for more information about our ensemble.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is winter percussion?
Winter percussion is similar to marching band and drum corps, but in winter percussion, there are no wind instruments – only a drum line and a front ensemble. Some winter percussion ensembles also utilize color guard members or a visual ensemble. Also, instead of performing on a football field, winter percussion groups perform on a giant tarp in a basketball gym. Winter percussion seasons typically run from November to April. This activity is also typically more theatrical than marching band or drum corps as the performers are much closer to the audience. For more information on winter percussion, visit wgi.org.
Is there an age requirement to participate?
Anyone between the ages of 13 – 22 is eligible to audition and become a part of the ensemble. Per WGI rules, members cannot be over 22 years of age as of 12:01 am of April 1st of any given year.
How often are rehearsals?
IMPACT Percussion rehearses on weekends. Typical times are Fridays: 6 – 9 pm, Saturdays: 9 am – 9 pm, Sundays: 9 am – 5 pm. Rehearsals are not every weekend, but rehearsals become more frequent as the season progresses. For example, in November and December, we typically meet for one or two weekends each month. Then we’ll meet two or three weekends each month starting in January. We also hold a three-day rehearsal camp during winter break. Competitions typically start late February.
What if I’m involved in other music / after school groups?
Staff members are aware that members, especially those in high school, are involved in school music activities and other groups. Although being a part of IMPACT requires a great deal of time and commitment, we understand that school activities come first, and we try to be flexible with members who have a strong desire to be a part of our group. We encourage all prospective members to communicate any schedule conflicts and potential schedule conflicts as early as possible with staff members to we can be successful as an ensemble.
Where are rehearsals held?
IMAPCT Percussion rehearsals are held at a couple different locations. Some rehearsals are held at the Boys & Girls Club Music & Arts Center in Downtown Kennewick, some are held at the Pasco Boys & Girls Club, and some are held at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick. A detailed rehearsal schedule with locations will be made available prior to the start of each season.
How much does it cost to participate?
The membership fee for the 2018 season is $750. Members will also be responsible for booking their own flight to Dayton, OH, where IMPACT Percussion will be competing in the WGI World Championships. Visit the Dayton Trip Info Page for more information on this trip. The membership fee helps pay for staff, music, drill, equipment, competition registration fees, food, housing and transportation while at competitions, and much more.
Are there fundraising / scholarship opportunities available?
Yes, members will be able to participate in fundraisers setup by IMPACT Percussion to help pay for their fees. Members may also be expected to participate in group fundraisers that benefit the entire ensemble. Specifics on fundraisers will be made available to members at the start of each season. Members in need of financial assistance may also apply for scholarships. Information about how to apply for scholarships will be made available at the beginning of the season.
When are auditions held?
Auditions for each season are typically held in early November.