They March to the Beat of Their Own Drums

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Abby Tow, Staff Writer

This year, the Keller Indian Drumline begins their second Indoor Percussion season. Like many marching groups, the drumline ends their fall season with the rest of the marching band until the next year. However, the drumline participates in a series of competitions beginning at the end of winter. In these competitions, members perform a completely percussive arrangement of visual formations, choreography, and music, all on a massive transportable mat themed after the show. This year, Keller’s show is entitled “Centered,” and it features music inspired by Indian traditions.

Even in the group’s first year competing in several years, the 2017 season was very successful for the drumline; many seasoned groups strive for similar placements and achievements. The outlook for this year as strong as ever.

“Indoor drumline is a lot of work, but it’s so worth it when you get to hang out and perform with all your friends,” junior cymbal player Zoe Zwernemann said.

The group has rehearsed for several hours every week, including drum-a-thon a 24-hour event where the drumline students participated in lengthy practice blocks late into the night and the following morning. It is truly a labor of love.

“It is going to be a really fun season especially with all eyes on us this year to see how much better we can be than last year,” junior front ensemble member Tim Turnley said.

Hopes are high for the ensemble this season, but they are sure to exceed expectations as every group in the Keller Indian Band strives to do. As information rolls in about upcoming competitions and shows, come out to support the drumline. They are some of the most hardworking students at Keller, and their shows are just about as entertaining as any musical performance here, too.