About the Indoor Percussion Program
Indoor Percussion is a sport in which a show is created for a battery and a front ensemble. That show is then rehearsed, refined, and then performed in competition inside gymnasiums/arenas throughout the state and beyond. Having come back from a hiatus just three short years ago, we are a relatively young group, yet the Brookville Indoor Percussion Ensemble has been a competitive force right from the start.
Led by a staff of highly trained percussionists, BIPE rehearses two nights per week, with most weekends comprised of either rehearsals or competitions. Auditions are held the week after Marching Band has had their final show, and regular rehearsals begin the following week. The full BIPE season runs November through the first week of April and is a major time commitment in addition to the students’ academics. The dedication and perseverance that students put into perfecting our show, all while handling their personal and academic regimes, is what makes the ensemble a powerful and respected part of the Brookville Band Program. All students show be aware of this mindset and time commitment prior to auditioning.
In addition to time, there is also a financial commitment required for all Indoor Percussion students. This $250 fee covers music, uniforms, props, the indoor floor, instrument rentals and repairs, transportation, staff salaries, and more. In addition to this fee, students are also required to purchase their own sticks, stick tape, uniform undergarments, and marching shoes. If you have any questions regarding fees, please contact Brittany Griffith.
For more information on timing for rehearsals, camps, and shows, please visit our calendar linked above. For information on auditions, student leadership, or other FAQs, see below.
Indoor Percussion Student Leadership
Indoor Rehearsals and Camps
Indoor Percussion practices twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:15pm – 7:45pm in November/December and on Tuesdays and Thursdays until the end of the season. The group also has camp dates on Saturdays (9am – 6pm) and Sundays (1pm – 6pm) throughout the season to replace the lack of a third rehearsal during the week. All rehearsals and camps are mandatory unless a student has been excused from practice. For information on what might excuse a student from practice, contact Brittany Griffith.
The official Indoor Percussion Camp dates for 2017/18 are as follows:
November 18 (9am – 6pm) / November 19 (1pm – 6pm)
December 3 (1pm – 6pm), December 16 (9am – 6pm) / December 17 (1pm – 6pm)
January 2 (9am – 6pm), January 7 (1pm – 6pm), January 14 (1pm – 6pm) January 21 (1pm – 6pm), and January 28 (1pm – 6pm)
February 4 (1pm – 6pm), February 18 (1pm – 6pm)
March 4 (1pm – 6pm), *March 10 (7pm – 12am) / March 11 (12am – 5pm)
April 8 (9am – 6pm)
What to Bring to Rehearsal
Sticks / Stick Tape
Show Music and Warm Ups
1 Gallon Water Jug
Pencil / Highlighter
Tennis Shoes / Athletic Clothing for Practice
Snacks / Packed Meals / Money
The Indoor Percussion Ensemble competes in the Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA) circuit as a member of the ‘A’ Class against other top performing groups from the state. We are scored on four categories (music, effect music, visual, and effect visual) by judging panels made up of local and regionally known percussionists.
For many competitions, the group will travel 2+ hours away, which calls for early departures and late night arrivals. For parents and friends looking to see a show closer to home, the group also attends two to three local shows per year, including our own Friends & Family Home show, the JF Friends & Family show, and the E.C. Glass AIA Show.
Please note that all competition dates are mandatory. Itineraries for each competition will be given to students 1-2 weeks prior to each show, but all students auditioning for the group will know the dates for competitions by our interest meeting. Itineraries will also be uploaded online and to our Facebook group.
If you’re looking for a copy of an itinerary or have any questions regarding competitions, contact Brittany Griffith.