BHS Drum Line Competes in Land of Giants

Senior Lindsey Jones performs with the Brentwood High School Percussion Team in the school gym on April 8. (All photos by Seamus Saunders)
Senior Lindsey Jones performs with the Brentwood High School indoor percussion team in the school gym on April 8. (All photos by Seamus Saunders)

Indoor percussion team takes 7th at championships

 
By Seamus Saunders
Contributing Writer

The Brentwood High School indoor percussion team placed seventh among nine schools at the Mid Continent Color Guard Association Championships on April 2 at Ozark High School. It was the last of three competitions for the season.

Junior Kasia White.
Junior Kasia White.

This year 13 students participated. They had three new coaches and a lot of support from parents. Head coach Scott Waggoner led the team with assistance from parent Me’Shel Riedel and former Brentwood student Remy Cognac. The way Waggoner describes it, coaching drum line is like no other sport. He had a vision in his head and had to translate it into a four-minute show, which involved writing the music and creating the movements.

“I had words and kind of stick drawings,” Waggoner said. “For every minute out on the floor moving, it takes 24 hours of rehearsal time to learn and perfect.”

With only 243 students, it is surprising that Brentwood High School can even field a drum line, much less have about 6 percent of the student body participate. Still, size is an issue because the team did not have enough participants for a marching band in the fall. Bigger schools have marching bands, which allow them to build chemistry and march together for months before the indoor percussion season starts.

From left: Sarah Yancey, Noah Lee and Jim Smith.
Jill Yancey and Noah Lee on mallets and Jake Burkhardt on the drum set.

As the only school in the 2A sports class that competed in the MCCGA, Brentwood was the smallest school at the championships. The second smallest was Hollister, which has 486 students. But BHS still managed to beat two schools, Hazelwood East and Smith-Cotton, each of which has 1,400 students.

“It’s tough to not compare ourselves to other bigger schools,” said senior Lindsey Jones, “but when you realize how small our school is, it’s amazing.”

Despite its size, having new coaches and finishing last at the MCCGA championships in 2015, Brentwood took steps in the right direction this year.

“Starting with a new coach is always hard, and we started from scratch,” said junior Jake Burkhardt. “But compared to other years I have done drum line, in the end I felt confident, I learned a lot and I was proud of our performance. I could never say that before. I am really excited for next year.”

Junior Jake Burkhardt.
Junior Jake Burkhardt.

2015-16 BHS indoor percussion team
Head coach: Scott Waggoner
Assistant coaches: Me’Shel Riedel, Remy Cognac
Seniors: Lindsey Jones, Noah Lee, Alex Riedel, Sam Tilton, Jill Yancey
Juniors: Jake Burkhardt, Blake Lawrence, Courtney Ketterer, Luke Tilton, Mickey Torres, Kasia White
Freshmen: Gabe Lawrence, Caitlin Souers

On bass drums are (from left) Blake Lawrence, Lindsey Jones and Kaitlin Souers.
On bass drums are (from left) Alex Riedel, Blake Lawrence, Lindsey Jones and Caitlin Souers.

MCCGA Percussion Championships
Ozark High School, April 2

Brentwood was among 49 schools from Missouri and Illinois at the championships. Following is how it placed in the Percussion Scholastic Regional division:
1. Odessa, 82.15 points
2. Hazelwood Central, 81.20
3. Hollister, 78.20
4. Illinois Valley Central, 75.80
5. Hillcrest, 75.65
6. Reeds Spring, 73.80
7. Brentwood, 69.65
8. Smith-Cotton, 68.55
9. Hazelwood East, 62.25

All photos by Seamus Saunders

Brentwood's indoor percussion team's head coach Scott Waggoner.
The Brentwood’s indoor percussion team’s head coach Scott Waggoner.
Senior Sam Tilton (left) and junior Luke Tilton.
Senior Sam Tilton (left) and junior Luke Tilton.
Junior Mickey Torres.
Junior Mickey Torres.
Senior Alex Riedel.
Senior Alex Riedel.
Senior Jill Yancey.
Senior Jill Yancey.
Caitlin Souers is one of two freshmen on the team.
Caitlin Souers is one of two freshmen on the team.
Sophomore Courtney Ketterer.
Junior Courtney Ketterer.
Brentwood School District Superintendent David Faulkner speaks with assistant coach Me'Shel Riedel at the group's final performance.
Brentwood School District Superintendent David Faulkner speaks with assistant coach Me’Shel Riedel at the group’s final performance.
Lindsey Jones.
Lindsey Jones.
Sherman Lee.
Speaking at the April 8 performance at BHS, Sherman Lee acknowledges the contributions of his fellow parent volunteers.
Sam Tilton and Caitlin Souers.
Sam Tilton and Caitlin Souers.
Seniors recognized at the April 8 BHS performance are (from left)
Seniors recognized at the April 8 BHS performance are (from left) Sam Tilton, Noah Lee, Alex Riedel, Lindsey Jones and Jill Yancey.

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