October 22, 2021

Indoor music groups finding early success at Heard High

Heard County High School’s 2019 Indoor Winterguard Group (Photo: Eric Vogel)

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County High School’s Indoor Percussion and Indoor Winterguard had an outstanding season this year.

Indoor season is where groups go out without the marching band and compete against similar groups in their classification.

The Indoor Season begins in January and goes through the beginning of April. Percussion and Winterguard are vastly different, but compete under the same umbrella of WGI (Winterguard International).

An indoor percussion ensemble or indoor drumline consists of the marching percussion (also called batterie) and front ensemble (also called pit or front line) sections. Many ensembles, like color guards, are attached to a competing marching band or drum corps.

Indoor percussion integrates musicality, marching and movement, and theater arts. Most percussion ensembles are affiliated with high schools, but many are independent.

Winter guard is the indoor variant of color guard and is a combination of the use of flags, sabers, mock rifles, and various other equipment and props. Performances include dance and other interpretive movement.

Color guards are common among high schools, middle schools, some universities, and also some independent organizations such as drum corps, or they are community organizations.

The term “winter guard” is taken from the season most color guards compete as single units, and not part of marching bands or drum corps.

The Indoor Percussion group known as ‘Heard County Vision’ competed in Scholastic A Novice Class in the Georgia Indoor Percussion Association (GIPA) Circuit. This was their first competitive season.

Throughout the year, the group saw a steady rise in their score and ultimately won the Scholastic A Novice Class Championship on March 30th at the Cobb County Civic Center at the GIPA Championships.

Indoor Winterguard had an unprecedented year reaching record breaking scores!

The Winterguard had great success while competing in the Southern Association for Performance Arts (SAPA) Circuit. On March 30th, the group competed in Scholastic Novice Class at the SAPA Championships in Chattanooga, TN. The group walked away earning the highest score in Heard County History!

Heard County has been competing in the Indoor Circuits for the past three years. Staff for these organizations include Matthew Andrade (Percussion Director), Monee Garza (Winterguard Director) and Eric Vogel (Band Director).

“It has been a great feeling to see the scores of our groups improve over the past three years. I am proud of our kids for putting in the hard work to establish a program in which they can be proud! I am so incredibly proud of them and I know our community and school are as well,” says band director Eric Vogel.

“It has been a great pleasure establishing our Indoor Program here at Heard County High School. I look forward to seeing the tradition continue! Congrats to our hard-working kids and a huge thank you to their dedicated families for supporting them along the way!”

Below are the awards won by the groups over the last three years and a photo of Heard High’s 2019 Indoor Percussion GIPA Novice Class Champions.

Heard County High School Indoor Group Awards


~   Georgia Indoor Percussion Association Scholastic A Winds Bronze Medalist (High Score of Season 71.88)
~   Indoor Winterguard Championships Performance (High Score of Season 58.9)


~   Georgia Indoor Percussion Association Scholastic A Winds Silver Medalist  (High Score of Season 73.87)
~   Winterguard International Southeast Regional Winds Scholastic A Bronze Medalist
~   Indoor Winterguard Championships Performance (High Score of Season 66.24)


~   Georgia Indoor Percussion Association Scholastic A Novice Percussion Gold Medalist And Champion (High Score of Season 74.90)
~   Indoor Winterguard Championships Performance (High Score of Season 72.58)

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