Oak Ridge High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble Performs Ahead of WGI World Championships

Oak Ridge High School

The Oak Ridge High School (ORHS) Indoor Percussion Ensemble is hosting a free community performance tonight, Tuesday, April 18, 2023, prior to their Wednesday departure to the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. This is Oak Ridge’s first Indoor Percussion Ensemble to compete at the championship level.

The ensemble is an extension of the Oak Ridge High School Band—similar to a marching band but uses only drums and keyboard instruments such as xylophone, marimba, and vibraphone. Indoor percussion is often referred to as the “sport of the arts,” combining elements of music, theatre, and dance to tell a story or narrative all while moving, sometimes running, around a gym while playing an instrument that can weigh more than 25-30 lbs.

“Our students have put in hundreds of hours of practice this season to hone their skills to compete with some of the best groups in the country,” said Assistant Band Director Sean Rutherford. “We began practicing at the end of marching band season in November and have had one of the best years in school history. This group continues to improve every week. They have been undefeated through all our winter competitions, setting us up to be very successful on the biggest stage for the WGI Championships in Dayton, OH.”

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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