The Reeds Spring High School Winter Percussion Ensemble won first place in its division at the Mid Continent Color Guard Association Championships, held April 1 at Ozark High School. The winter guard also fared well, with a sixth-place finish at Nixa.
The Winter Percussion Ensemble was a completely student-led and managed group this year. Senior Lewis Renegar composed the music and also imagined the drill and movement. With some composition help from senior Ramses Poole and sophomore Codi Mitchell, Renegar designed and taught the show, called “Alone.” It's about a young lady who has no friends and no one to lean on. Over the course of the four-minute production, she eventually wins the crowd over, finds someone she can trust, and finishes the show being united with the entire cast.
Senior band member and dancer Katie Allison performed the protagonist's role. She called the season life-changing.
"We learned to work with a group our own age and there was really no choice. We had to do it or the season would have just ended,” Allison said.
Senior Bobby Hunt added, “These are skills most people don’t get to practice until even after college. We were practicing cooperating and compromising at every single rehearsal.”
Band Director John Devos said this is a new way to do winter percussion.
“I think we turned a few heads this year by having the kids literally lead themselves and work through both the creative aspects as well as the interpersonal issues we encounter when building something from scratch," Devos said. "Hats off to all the kids on their win and their great season, but especially to Lewis Renegar for having the guts to push for doing it this way and the persistence and leadership to see it through. I am very proud of them all.”
The Reeds Spring Winter Guard consists of nine members. They performed a show to the music of John Legend’s, “All of Me.” Using dance, rifles, and various flags to visually represent the music, the group finished in sixth place out of ten groups at the MCCGA Championships held April 1 in Nixa. The choreography was created by John Sullivan, an instructor in the Missouri State University band program. The guard director is Kristel Hunt, who is also a paraprofessional at Reeds Spring Intermediate School and a proud band mom.
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