Tyrone Teams Shine at Home Indoor Competition

Tyrone indoor percussion getting ready to preform their Nightmare Before Christmas show.

The Tyrone Band’s Indoor Percussion team hosted a Tournament of Indoor Association Competition at the Tyrone Area High School gym on February 29th. The competition was attended by over thirty groups from the area and was divided into four categories: majorettes, dancers, color guards, and percussionists.

Because Tyrone was the host, they received scores but were not eligible to place at the event. However, each of the Tyrone teams performed well, earning scores placing them at or near the top of each of their respective categories.

I’m very proud of my team’s performance on Saturday. It was great to see our hard work reflected in the score. We had a really big score jump from last time and overall I had an awesome last home show”

— Reagan Wood

The majorette groups competed first. The groups ranged from the elementary level to the college level.

Tyrone’s Star-Lite Twirlers received the highest score of the day, winning the majorette competition with a 73.2.

“I’m very proud of my team’s performance on Saturday. It was great to see our hard work reflected in the score. We had a really big score jump from last time and overall I had an awesome last home show,” said Tyrone senior majorette Reagan Wood.

Penn State elegance was second with a score of 69.25, the Diamonettes were third with a 69.2,  Star-lite Twirler’s Jr was fourth with a 68.01, Penns Manor HS was fifth with a 67.21,  Curwensville High School was sixth scored 66.04, Wolf’s Performing Arts Jr was seventh with a 65.87, Glendale High school was eighth with a 65.62,  Wolf’s Performing Arts was ninth with a 65.2, Forest Hills HS was tenth with a 63.55, Fame Performing Arts was 11th with a 61.83, the Diamondettes Jr and Haven Performing Arts were 12th with a 61.46, Forest Hills Middle School was 13th with a 58.98, and Windber Elementary was awarded the score of silver.

Tyrone’s Star-lite twirlers Sr. team’s theme this year was “Underground.”

“Underground” is focused on the “artists and performers of all types from musicians, magicians, dancers and more [that] share their talents with the people of the city” while they remain just below the city streets in the subway tunnels.

The team consists of Regan Wood, Danielle Heichel, Madison Wineland, Emily Watson, Hayleigh Sprankle, Trinity Lingafelt, Taylor Shultz, Mckenzie Weaver, Alexis Shultz,  Jasmyn Miller, Rebecca Beck, Lacie Geissinger, Drina Jones, Cassidy Hunter, Isabella Creppage, Paige Shultz, and Brittney Shultz.

The team is instructed by Marcia Fink, Kristie Watson, and Jessica George with prop design by Lance and Lisa Geissinger.

After the brief, one hour, intermission that divides the two halves of performances the show reopened with the dance section.

Tyrone did not have an entry in the dance portion of the competition.

Wolf’s Performing Arts IOD was the highest scoring dance team with 73.2 points.

Wolf’s Performing Arts IJD was second with 69 points. Dancer’s Haven IRD was third with 67.41 points, Haven Performing Arts IRD was fourth with 65.17 points.

The dancers were followed by the color guard, which Tyrone also did not compete in.

Huntingdon High School won the dance competition with a score of 70 points.

“I joined [Indoor Percussion] because I realized that I had good music in my heart and I just wanted to make it better””

— Vincent Gray

Penn State Eclipse was second with 59.66 points. Elk County Catholic HS scored 56.04 to finish third.  Johnstown High School finished fourth with a 56.03, Johnstown Middle School scored 55.75 to finish fifth, and Homer-Center High School finished sixth with 50.98 points.

The competition concluded with the percussionists.

Homer-Center High School scored the highest with 71.95 points. Tyrone would have placed second with 66.8 points but was not eligible to place because they hosted the competition. As a result, Johnstown High School placed second with a score of 64.35 points. Darkhorse Percussion group was third with 63.4 points.

After the event, members of the Tyrone team shared some of their reasons for joining the team this year.

“I joined because I wanted something new to do, to try something new, to meet new people, and to have some new experiences,” said accessory percussionist Tyler Vanish, “also due to the fact to learn some new music.”

“I joined [Indoor percussion] because I realized that I had good music in my heart and I just wanted to make it better,” said percussionist Vincent Gray, “I also wanted to make more friends.”