The Burnsville High School Winter Drumline placed first in the Scholastic A Division of the Minnesota Percussion Association (MPA) Championships in St. Cloud, Minn. on Saturday, March 28. The victory completed an undefeated season in all of the MPA competitions in which the team participated.
This year, the drumline also placed very highly at a regional competition run by the national circuit – Winter Guard International (WGI) – and placed ahead of some groups it had never beaten before.
The last time the BHS Winter Drumline placed first in the MPA Championships was in 2010. Each of the past few years, the team has inched its way to the number one spot, finishing second last year and third the year before.
This year's show, called “The Grass is Always Greener,” included music, movement, theatrics, and uniforms, costumes and props created by the staff. The show featured a huge wall in one corner of the floor and centered on the team trying to get through that wall. Through this, the team’s intent was to show that their new way was no better than what it already had. In the end, the team discovered the green inside and learned to be happy with what it had.
“I am incredibly proud of the students for working so hard and having fun to make this show come to life,” said director Paul Connell. “I am also very grateful to have a passionate staff to help design and teach the show, a great parent group that supports us at every turn, and the support of the BHS Music Department and Activities Director Jeff Marshall.”
The BHS Winter Drumline is directed by Paul Connell and supported by a design and instructional team, including Jordan Wein and Mack Steinberg and BHS alumni Matt Schmeichel, Alex Claseman, Gavin Andersen and Alex Cole.