Courtesy Photo | AHS Percussion with all 3 of their 2015 trophies.

Submitted by Jill Brandao

2015 represented a banner year for the Airline High School Vanguard Band percussion section.

Courtesy Photo | Drum Captain Erin Bullock and Drum Lieutenant Ben Brandao getting 4 States Outstanding Percussion Award.
Courtesy Photo | Drum Captain Erin Bullock and Drum Lieutenant Ben Brandao getting 4 States Outstanding Percussion Award.

Their hard work, talent and dedication paid off with not only high marks but also earning Outstanding Percussion in 3 consecutive competitions. Performances at the Four States Competition in Texarkana, the Parkway High School Invitational as well as the LMEA District 8 competition scored Airline’s Percussion section above all others competing in the Large Band division.

These band competitions grade overall band performance, color guard, percussion, music and general effect and Airline did well in each grading.
Mr. Grant Shelton is in his fourth year as assistant band director and leads the percussion section for Airline’s Band.

The student leaders for the percussion section are Drum Captain- Erin Bullock, Drum Lieutenant- Ben Brandao and Pit Captains- Nathan Ray and Kayla Burns.
Snares: Erin Bullock, Lorenzo Johnson, Christian Casey, and Chris Romain.
Tenors: Ben Brandao and Jackson Floyd.

Basses: Caleb Smith, Tabitha Winiarski, Sarah Hatt, Will Dunford and Seth Hooker.
Pit: Bailey Russell, Konnor Einerson, Jaime Rivers, Nathan Ray, Jillian Rogers, Kayla Burns, Gavin Smith, Braden Johnson, Colton Jenkins, Alex Willand and Christian Worrell.