Percussion World

World Class ensembles are the standard setting branch for the percussion family.  These are the innovators of indoor percussion who set the direction of the activity through the standards of creative design and performance achievements.  They explore new challenges of dexterity, musical and physical skill within original and unique programs.  They are comfortable dealing with abstraction and are strongly influenced by the Arts.  Their exploration is the highest level of creative potential.  They expect judges to understand and support their creative efforts and be able to make discerning separations between their achievements and those of their competitors.  The adjudication within those “works in progress” is more likened to the response of the critic.  Judges must have a highly developed sense of all musical and visual techniques as well as design and creative standards.

Scholastics World Class is consistently aged 14 through 17 because of the make-up of the high school arena.  Often this class will consist of upper classmen.  Unlike the Independent World Class, these performers are rarely over 18 years of age.  The ensembles have strongly defined personalities and are highly creative and unique.  They explore innovative program concepts.  The depth of their training and skills is strong.

Independent World Class performers demonstrate a high degree of musical and physical development.  They are very experienced and fully trained.  Programs are unique and innovative and these components are important at this level.  Some very sophisticated challenges will be placed on the performers.