Two Harrison High School spring band ensembles completed their competition seasons with out-of-state championship appearances.
Harrison's Winter Guard finished sixth at SAPA Championships held at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, TN. SAPA ( Southern Association for Performance Arts) sponsors winter guard competitions that combine music, choreography and interpretive movement with the use of flags, sabers and other equipment to produce artful productions.
The Harrison 2022 Winter Guard Show was entitled Exile, and featured music by Taylor Swift. Winter Guard performed the show at five SAPA competitions in the Atlanta metro area during the spring semester, and demonstrated improved scores at every competition.
Harrison's Indoor Percussion Ensemble (HIPE) completed its season with a semi-finals appearance at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH. The HIPE squad delivered outstanding performances in the preliminary rounds, finishing in the top 24 teams to reach the semi-final round.An indoor percussion ensemble or indoor drumline consists of the marching percussion (also called battery) and front ensemble (also called 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.
HIPE’s 2022 show, “Can’t Stand Still,” was based on music by Alanis Morissette.
Both ensembles are part of the nationally-recognized band program at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, GA. In spring evaluations, all Harrison performing concert groups received superior ratings in the Large Group Performance Evaluations conducted by the Georgia Music Educators Association.
More About Harrison High School Bands
Since its inception in 1991, the Harrison High School band program has quickly established a reputation for musical excellence. The Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band each meet for 90 minutes every day within a four-period block schedule and typically perform five to six concerts per year. Students in the Harrison bands are consistent members of the District Honor Band, Georgia All-State Band, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Honor Band of America, Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program, Atlanta Youth Jazz Orchestra and Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition to excellence in music, Harrison Band members consistently demonstrate outstanding scholastic, teamwork and competitive abilities, developing personal relationship, study and life skills important to future success.
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