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North Greenville’s new indoor percussion ensemble looks to extend the university’s presence far beyond the classroom in 2017.

North Greenville Indoor, or NGI, is a non-profit youth percussion ensemble that exists to educate young musicians by striving towards excellence in the marching arts, according to their board of director, Dr. Christopher Davis, an associate professor of percussion at NGU.

NGI’s 2017 slated performance is of “The Hive,” which includes both a composition bearing the same name and a piece titled, “Royals.” Aesthetically, the show is comprised of the floor’s transformation into a large beehive, in which the queen bee’s character development is particularly highlighted.

Performing as a member of the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association, NGI is comprised of both high school and college-age students, who look to further their musical careers through the practice and use of, “marimbas, vibraphones, bells, xylophones, synthesizers, drum set, timpani, marching snare drums, tenors, and bass drums.”

Davis emphasizes the popularity that indoor drumline’s have accumulated throughout not only the state of South Carolina but throughout the entire nation. The goal for NGI, is, “to develop all members in the areas of musicianship, percussion technique, marching technique, and their overall artistry as an individual,” says Davis.

People of all ages are encouraged to attend this season’s performances, which will be held at both Dorman and Byrnes High Schools, in addition to Winthrop University. However, enrollment for the newly formed ensemble is limited to ages 14-22, due to an overall desire to create a professional-sounding performance and the additional desire of aiding “in the recruitment and growth of the band program at NGU.”

Under the direction of Travis Waters ('07) and A. J. Pace, NGI will have the opportunity to grow North Greenville’s band programs later this year when they travel to compete in the 2017 WGI World Championships, hosted in Dayton, OH.

On Friday, March 3, two members of the ensemble were involved in an automobile accident on their way to a rehearsal for the WGI Regionals scheduled the following day. Wade Hampton High School student John Robb II was tragically killed when the car he was a passenger in lost control. Despite this tragedy, the ensemble knew Robb would have wanted them to remain in the Regionals competition. The group performed a stand-still performance the very next day and was awarded second place honors.

North Greenville University would like to thank the NGI staff, Offices of Campus Ministries and Student Life, first responders, and the NGI students in how they handled the situation over the weekend. The NGI staff asks that you please pray for these teenagers, the student’s families, and Wade Hampton High School as they cope with this loss. 


   

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