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Outstanding Performances by PHS Jazz Ensemble & Winter Guard

March 7, 2011

03/07/11 The PHS Jazz Band competed in the ISSMA Jazz Competition at LaPorte High School on Friday evening and came out with the top award rating, the Gold Award!  The band was also able to see a clinic performance by the University of Missouri Jazz Ensemble.  This Gold rating completed the third of four phases for the instrumental music department to receive the prestigious ISSMA “All Music Award” given to groups that receive only Gold Awards at every ISSMA event during a school year.

The PHS Winter Guard competed in the IHSCGA Divisional State Finals on Saturday at Mooresville High School.  After winning the Class 3A State Championship last winter, Band Director Bryan Ames voluntarily moved up to Class 2A for a higher level of competition against larger schools.  Even with the move to Class 2A, the group did an outstanding job and was one of only 10 schools (out of 40 schools at finals) to earn the top award of a Gold Rating.   Although Penn High School won the state championship, Plymouth was BY FAR the crowd’s favorite group of the day and the gym came alive with applause during their performance.  PHS was given a standing ovation by the other schools at the end of their performance and Plymouth students were extremely proud of the response that they received from their competitors.  PHS is the only group in the state that uses live music, as opposed to a cd soundtrack, to perform to.  Ames said, “This is a HUGE risk on our part, but definitely made our group the one-of-a-kind performance that the audience loved and it pushed us to the top once again! I was truly proud of our group and the attention that they received after making such a huge jump into a higher class and still coming out at the top of the pack!”

The PHS Winter Drumline, who is currently ranked 5th in the state – out of 30 schools going into the state prelims will compete for their second state finals performance this coming weekend.  The group made state finals for the first time last winter in Class 3A.  The group will compete at Avon High Sshool this coming Saturday at the I.P.A. State Prelims.  Only 10 schools will advance to the state finals and Plymouth is seated in the 5th position (performances are given in ranking order) which is a GREAT place to perform in!  Good luck to these students as they shoot for another state finals performance!

Congratulations to all of the students in the PHS Jazz Ensemble, Winter Guard, and Winter Drumline