North Farmington percussion students perform at international event

The North Farmington High School (NFHS) Percussion Ensemble recently performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

North Farmington High percussion students
North Farmington percussion students participated during the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, held in Indiana.  (Farmington Public Schools)

PASIC is one of the largest drum and percussion events in the world, featuring more than 120 concerts, clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels, and presentations given by the finest artists from all over the world. PASIC showcased all areas of percussion — drum set, marching, keyboard, symphonic, world, recreational, education, music technology, new music, and health & wellness.

North Farmington students participated in the nationally recognized PASIC Marching Percussion Festival, in which they performed and were critiqued by some of the world’s best clinicians.

NFHS students who performed included: Sarah Al-Rubaye, Micah Bienstock, Jake Brown, Rishabh Budhraja, Emma Elliot, Nolan Ellis, Noah Francis, Colin Gray, Alex Jutila, Elijah Kaye, Robert Koh, Lily Kollin, Ethan Kopicko, Noah Leib, Yael Morais, Steven Pruett, Jack Randel, Arushi Shah, Jackie Shelton, Nyla Weems, and Sarah Williams.

The group’s audition put them among only a few other high school groups to perform. This marks the third time an ensemble from the school has been selected for the festival. Percussion students also raised funds to pay for the trip.

Joseph Kuerzi, percussion director, president, and founder of Farmington United Percussion Ensemble (FUPE), Clayton Wachholz, NFHS director of bands, Mike Yoskovich, former NFHS director of bands, and FUPE representatives Tim Leach, Tom Machowski, Rachael Herr, and Noah Bagley, made this student experience possible.

“The educational opportunity that PASIC provides is like no other opportunity that percussionists can participate in,” Kuerzi said in a press release. “The ability to perform at a venue with the leading authorities in the world, while still being a high school student, can only be described as a life-changing event for all involved.”

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