Longmont, Silver Creek high school drumlines take first at state

Two Longmont high school drumlines came away from state over the weekend with first place titles to their names.

Silver Creek High School and Longmont High School won their respective categories Saturday at the Rocky Mountain Percussion Association State Championships at Broomfield's 1stBank Center. The Silver Creek percussion ensemble took first place in the Percussion Scholastic Open category, and Longmont High's ensemble took first place in Percussion Scholastic A.

"The Silver Creek percussion staff and I are very proud of the ensemble and the hard work that they have put forth in order to be successful this season," said Jason Reid, the percussion instructor at Silver Creek High School.

This year, Silver Creek knew it was in reach of taking the top spot after two years of falling second to Monarch High School.

"The ensemble has always had a strong sense of family and work ethic which has proven to be extremely important to the members past and present," Reid said of what makes the drumline successful. "The sense of family and work ethic ... has provided the balance needed to be successful."

For Dave Marvin, the drumline director at Longmont High School, the feeling of success at the competition was the same.

"It was a fantastic day," Marvin said. "Both performances at prelims and finals were fantastic. A little more energetic at night and the show was incredibly well received."

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Drew Solomon, left, and C.J. Jacquet practice with the Longmont High School drumline on March 18. (Jonathan Castner / Staff Photographer)