Indoor Drumline Starts Their Season with a First Place Title

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On Saturday, February 16th, Tuscarora Indoor Drumline (IDL) took the floor at Mt. Vernon High School for their first competition, and started their season strong with a placement of 1st out of 8 other high schools. Indoor drumline is an ensemble made up of the marching percussion and front ensemble of a marching band, and students who participate in marching band in the fall have the option to join IDL in the winter. Their show, Unbroken, has been being rehearsed since late November.

Tuscarora’s indoor drumline is made up of 4 bass drums, 2 snare drums, 2 cymbals, and a tenor drum marching on the floor. There’s also 3 marimbas, 3 vibraphones, a bass guitar, a piano, and an auxiliary rack in the front ensemble. With a total of only 19 musicians, Tuscarora’s IDL is significantly smaller than its marching band. However, this didn’t hold IDL back from winning their first competition.

Tavis Palmer is a sophomore and plays marimba for IDL. “I think it’s better having a smaller indoor drumline,” said Palmer. “It lets us focus more on cleaning individual parts for the show,” he added.

Indoor drumline goes to championships at South County High School on March 30 to conclude their season.