OGDEN -- Ogden High School's Indoor Drumline roared to victory with a program called "The Race," earning the top score at Saturday's Utah Winter Drumline Championships.
In a field of 13 competitors, Davis High took first place in its category with a mystical show called "The Zodiac," and the Weber State Indoor Percussion, a group of students from various high schools, earned a strong second place for "Out of the Ashes," a show about survival and hope.
"I thought the show was outstanding," said Amanda Scheuermann, of Eden. "I was very impressed with the talent and dedication of these young kids."
Son Alastair, 15, played with the Weber High group.
"He loved it," the proud mother said. "I was impressed with his commitment, getting up at 6:30 or 7 on Saturday mornings. He has already built friendships at Weber High."
Anthony Roybal, 15, also played with the Weber High group and was sad to see the short winter season end.
"It's been pretty great," he said of his drumline participation. "I like it for the actual drumming, and for the people you meet. I'm hoping to do it (marching band) this summer. It's my first year, and I want to keep going."
Weber High flew kites, on flexible poles, in the competition's windless venue, the Dee Events Center.
Viewmont Indoor Percussion did a show based on "The Nutcracker." Dancers leapt and drummers wove in precision formation.
All schools began with a new program several months ago, then perfected it through weeks of practice and competition. The final results are:
- In the Independent Open category: First place, South County Percussion; second place, Weber State Indoor Percussion; third place, Portneuf Valley Drumline.
- Scholastic Open category: First place, Davis High School; second place, Grantsville High; third place, Maple Mountain.
- Scholastic A category: First place, Ogden High School; second place, Payson High School; third place, Stansbury High School; fourth place, Bountiful's Viewmont Indoor Percussion.
- Scholastic Regional A category: First place, Copper Hills High School; second place, Weber High School.
In addition, Weber State earned outstanding awards for its tenor line, bass line and visuals. Davis High earned an outstanding award for general effects, out front ensemble and tenor line. Ogden High earned an outstanding for its bass line.