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Denton percussion students honored in top-tier activities

Following a critically acclaimed performance at the National Percussion Festival in March, several Denton High School percussion students have been honored for their skills and achieved several first-time honors for Denton Independent School District.

Senior Jailine Puga and junior Connor McClintock each recently earned spots to march with Guardians and Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps this summer, a first for any current Denton percussion student in the highly competitive process. Additionally, sophomore Amaya Herrington has advanced to the semifinal round of the Great Plains International Marimba Competition, making her the first Denton ISD student ever to do so. The semifinal and final rounds of this prestigious competition will be held in July, with some of the best high school percussion students in the world performing.

In addition to these accolades, the Denton High percussion program is looking toward expanding its students’ performance acumen by exploring the possibility of a joint performance/competition venture at DrumFest 2016 with the University of North Texas percussion program. DrumFest, the largest musical festival of its kind in Europe, is renowned as a top-tier percussion event.

Dependent on securing the necessary approval and funding, this would be the first direct partnership between UNT and Denton High fine arts. If the Denton High is in attendance, it would have the only U.S. high school percussion students participating in the competition.

For more information about the Denton percussion program, including how to support its academic travel efforts, please contact Robert Brannock, percussion director, by phone at 940-369-2225 or via email at rbrannock@dentonisd.org.