Competition Percussion at Desert Ridge

On Saturday, April 1st, the North Pointe Indoor Percussion traveled to Desert Ridge High School, to perform their show “The Crooked Man”, in the WGAZ Percussion Championships competition. This was the last competition of the season for the group to perform and the students were ready to put forth 100% of their effort and drive as this was the last time they would debut their show to audiences and judges. Of the 12 groups we competed against in our division, the North Pointe Competition Percussion team secured 5th place. Seniors Brandon Fenton and Joseph Perez said “this was our best show yet, and we are happy with the work everyone put in to achieve a successful show this season.”

Directors Justin Kline and Luis Fisher were very impressed with the group’s final performance. “We are so proud of the growth that every student has shown throughout the season, and look forward to what North Pointe has in store for next year.”

Competition Percussion at San Bernardino, CA

On Saturday, March 25th, the North Pointe Indoor Percussion traveled to San Bernardino, California to debut their show “The Crooked Man”, in the WGI Power Western competition. This was the second time that the group traveled to California to compete and perform their show against 22 other groups in our division. Of the many shows and groups that competed, none barred any resemblance to “The Crooked Man” which tells the dark story of an innocent young girl who is corrupted by an evil spirit who eventually takes her soul.  Jesse Ponce and Elizabeth Aguirre are featured as the Crooked Man and the young girl, respectively.  Although we were placed at 16th for our division, the students used this experience as a motivation to continue to put forth 100% effort as we steer towards our championships performance next weekend.

Directors Justin Kline and Luis Fisher were very impressed with the group’s performance. “We made it to California and we showed the world what we have, now let’s show Arizona what we can do!”

Competition Percussion at Gilbert HS

On Saturday, March 18th, the North Pointe Indoor Percussion team returned to Gilbert High school for a second time this season to perform their show “The Crooked Man”, which tells the dark story of an innocent young girl corrupted by an evil spirit who eventually takes her soul. Jesse Ponce and Elizabeth Aguirre are featured as the Crooked Man and the young girl, respectively. The group worked all through spring break in preparation for today’s show, and it payed off, because they managed to secure a first place win. Many of the judges commented on the group’s ability to convey the story to the audience, and the technical level of marching and music performance the group demonstrated.

Director Justin Kline was very impressed with the group’s performance. “With San Bernardino around the corner, it’s now more important than ever that we continue with our best foot forward and show everyone exactly what North Pointe is made of!”

Competition Percussion at Gilbert HS

On Saturday, March 11, 2017 North Pointe’s Competition Percussion Ensemble performed in its third competition of the season at Gilbert High School.  This was a regional competition for Winter Guard International (WGI) with a nationally-recognized judging panel.  In this competition, North Pointe went up against other marching percussion ensembles from Rincon/University High School and Ironwood Ridge High School from Tucson, Perry High School and Basha High School from Chandler, Campo Verde High School and Gilbert High School from Gilbert, Vista Grande High School from Casa Grande, Chapin High School from El Paso, TX and Dos Pueblos High School from Goleta, CA.  North Pointe presented their complete production of “The Crooked Man” in the WGI Scholastic A class competition.  North Pointe finished in 7th place with a score of 72.3 after the preliminary round due to a 2.75 point timing penalty.  When they returned in the evening for the finals competition they fixed the issues which caused the timing penalty and North Pointe moved up to 6th place with a score of 74.4

According to director Luis Fisher, “our musicians had two long rehearsals this week and used every minute to finish the show and improve upon what they already knew.  It was a long day and a true test for what is to come later in the season.  We will enter this week with two more long rehearsals where we will work to fine tune our show now that we have it completed.”

Competition Percussion at Desert Ridge

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 North Pointe’s Competition Percussion performed in its second competition of the season at Desert Ridge High School in Mesa.  This was a very important competition for North Pointe as it was WGAZ’s Percussion Focus Show with a nationally-recognized judging panel.  In this competition, North Pointe went up against other marching percussion ensembles from Rincon/University High School from Tucson, Perry High School from Chandler, Campo Verde High School from Gilbert, Gilbert High School, Basha High School from Chandler, Deer Valley High School from nearby Glendale, Mesquite High School from Gilbert, and nearby rivals Apollo High School.  North Pointe added to their production of “The Crooked Man” and gave a much improved performance which put the rest of WGAZ’s Scholastic A class on notice.  In a very close competition North Pointe finished in 3rd place with a score of 77.95 behind Gilbert’s Campo Verde Indoor Percussion Ensemble (80.75) and Gilbert Indoor Percussion (79.75).
According to director Luis Fisher, “our students have worked extremely hard to add another movement to their show as well props that added an extra visual dimension.  The additions to the show was well received by both the judges and the audience alike.  One of the visual judges even said that our performance gave him goosebumps right from the very start.  We still have a lot of work to do to finish our production and then clean up the show.  We have another huge show this coming Saturday at Gilbert High School.  This will put us one step closer to our goal of a state championship.”

HS Competition Percussion at Millennium HS

On Saturday, February 11, 2017 North Pointe’s Competition Percussion Ensemble performed in its first competition of the season at Millennium High School in Goodyear.  In this competition, North Pointe went up against other marching percussion ensembles from Rincon/University High School from Tucson, Perry High School from Chandler, and nearby rivals Apollo High School.  North Pointe added to their production of “The Crooked Man” and improved upon their exhibition performance from last week at Williams Field High School.  In a very close competition North Pointe finished in 2nd place with a score of 77.375 behind Tucson’s Rincon/University Drumline (77.7).  Even though North Pointe finished behind Rincon/University’s ensemble they topped them in two of the four scored captions (by .5 in Music and .2 in Visual).  Also, the North Pointe ensemble suffered a timing penalty of 3.4 points due to not having at least four minutes of performance time.  This penalty reduced their final score to 73.975 but they remained in 2nd place.  Apollo finished in 3rd place with a score of 71.3 (.55 point in penalties) and Perry finished in 4th place with a score of 60.4 (8.85 points in penalties). According to new director Luis Fisher, “our percussion students are some of the most talented in the state of Arizona and they proved that once again Saturday evening with their first competitive performance of the 2017 season.  They have absorbed a lot of information in a short amount of time and are performing at a very high level.  Their efforts and dedication to excellence has put us back on track to pursue another state championship in the Winterguard Arizona (WGAZ) Percussion Scholastic A – National class.  Their wins in the Music and Visual captions Saturday night were well-deserved and was the result of hours of hard work both in and out of the classroom over the past two weeks.  Our instructional staff and student leaders will continue to push the ensemble forward as well as continue to push the creative musical and creative envelope.  I look forward to what this season has in store for us.”

2016-2017 Arts Performance Schedule

2016-2017 HIGH SCHOOL ARTS PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Nov 1 – Fall Awards Night – 7 pm

Falcon Players
Aug 3 – Twelve Angry Jurors Auditions, 3:45 pm
Aug 4 – Twelve Angry Jurors Call Backs, 3:45 pm
Sept 29 – Twelve Angry Jurors Performance, 6 pm
Sept 30 – Twelve Angry Jurors Production, 1 pm*students only
Sept 30 – Twelve Angry Jurors Production, 6 pm
Dec 6 – Mickey’s Christmas Carol Production, 7 pm
Dec 7 – Mickey’s Christmas Carol Production, 7 pm
Dec 8 – Mickey’s Christmas Carol Production, 7 pm
Dec 9 – Mickey’s Christmas Carol Production, 1 pm*students only
Dec 9 – Mickey’s Christmas Carol Production, 7 pm
Feb 7 – Addams Family Auditions, 3:45 pm
Feb 8 – Addams Family Call Backs, 3:45 pm
Apr 28 – Addams Family Production, 1 pm*students only
Apr 28 – Addams Family Production, 6 pm
Apr 29 – Addams Family Production, 6 pm

Speech & Debate
Oct 7-8 Lost Dutchman at Red Mountain HS
Oct 21-22 Jim Fountain Classic at McClintock HS
Nov 11-12 Toro Country Classic at Mountain View HS
Nov 18-19 Dobson Invitational at Mesquite HS
Dec 2-3 Winter Trophy at Greenway HS
Jan 5-7 ASU Southwest Championships at ASU Tempe
Jan 13-14 Chandler Prep Tournament at Chandler Prep
Feb 10-11 Bobcat Bonanza at Central HS
Feb 25 Congress Qualifier at GCU
Mar 3-4 SWSDI at Hamilton HS
Mar 17-18 State Tournament at Thunderbird HS
Mar 23-25 National Qualifiers at PCDS

Marching Band
Oct 22 – Williams Field HS
Oct 29 – Millennium HS

A Cappella
Oct 9 – Infuse Open Mic Night at Phoenix Center for the Arts, 6 pm
Oct 23 – AZ State Fair, 12pm
Nov 2 – Infuse Open Mic Night at Tempe Center for the Arts, 5 pm
Nov 16 – Tempe Center for the Arts, 5 pm
Dec 2 – Honor Health Hospital, 5 pm
Dec 10 – Christmas Caroling at Freestone Park, 10 am
Feb 15 – Open Mic at Tempe Center for the Arts, 5 pm
Feb 26 – Open Mic at Herberger Theater, 4 pm
Apr 8 – Youth Open Mic At Avondale Library, 4:30 pm
May 3, Open Mic at Tempe Center for the Arts, 5 pm
May 10,Open Mic at Tempe Center for the Arts, 5 pm

Competition Percussion
Nov 1 – Auditions, 3:45pm
Nov 3 – Auditions, 3:45pm
Feb 4 – Williams Field HS
Feb 11 – Millennium HS
Mar 4 – Desert Ridge HS
Mar 11 – WGI Regional at Gilbert HS
Mar 18 – Gilbert HS
Mar 24-26 – San Bernardino, CA
Mar 31-Apr 1 WGAZ Championship at Desert Ridge HS

Competition Color Guard
Oct 31 – Auditions, 3:45pm
Nov 2- Auditions, 3:45pm

JH ARTS PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Falcon Players
Aug 31 – Wizard of OZ Auditions, 3:45pm
Nov 3 – Wizard of OZ Performance, 6 pm
Nov 4 – Wizard of OZ Performance, 1 pm*students only
Nov 4 – Wizard of OZ Performance, 6 pm
Dec 14 – Storybook Reunion of Murders Auditions, 3:45pm
Feb 9 – Storybook Reunion of Murders Performance, 6 pm
Feb 10 – Storybook Reunion of Murders Performance, 1 pm*students only
Feb 10 – Storybook Reunion of Murders Performance, 6 pm

Last Updated: 5.5.17 at 8:24am