Twenty units from around the state will compete, and local groups will unveil their 2014 shows, in the eighth annual River Valley Winter Arts Festival at Elk River High School on Saturday, March 15, beginning 5 p.m.
The competition, which draws nearly 2,000 spectators each year, will feature music, performance and dance by competing units from the Minnesota Percussion Association and the North Star Circuit of Colorguards.
Performing as exhibition hosts will be River Valley Percussion Theatre, River Valley Winter Guard and a newly formed 728 Cadets winter group, River Valley Sound, a horn line ensemble.
River Valley Percussion Theatre, in its seventh year, won a Scholastic A Championship last year at the Minnesota Percussion Association finals in St. Cloud.
Their 2014 production is called “Flight.”
Indoor percussion competitions marry elements of music performance, marching techniques, and theatre.
River Valley Winter Guard, in its third year, performs an artistic show called “Composing a Class.” The Winter Guard genre is an artistic and interpretive performance competition that combines music and modern dance with flags, sabres, mock rifles and other traditional marching band equipment.
In four competitions so far this season, RVPT has four first-places, and RVWG has one first-place and three second-places.
River Valley Sound is the newest student performance ensemble for the 728 Cadets organization, providing musicians further opportunities for music and performance experience and growth in the winter months.
This group combines traditional wind ensemble instrumentation, marching and dance to create a new and unique performance medium and indoor horn line. A traditional wind ensemble includes flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto tenor and bari sax, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, and tuba.