Percussion to resonate at Unionville High Saturday

32 indoor drum line ensembles scheduled to perform 

Unionville Drumline Coach Cody Stafford gives his musicians instruction before a recent performance.

Unionville High Drumline Coach Cody Stafford (left) gives his musicians instruction before a recent performance.

Drum roll, please: Unionville High will host the Norristown Regional Winter Guard International (WGI) ¬†“Sport of the Arts” show on Saturday.

The all-day event will feature 32 indoor percussion ensembles from six states in competition. These elite groups use an array of equipment, movement, and skills to create thrilling shows. Percussive instruments and other props bring music and themes to life while showcasing technique, creativity, and expression.

Competition is divided into classes based on each program’s complexity and the group’s affiliation. Among the local units competing are Unionville, Coatesville Area, Downingtown West, Ridley, Upper Darby, and Cab Calloway High Schools. Groups are coming from as far away as New England and West Virginia and will include a performance by Penn State University.

WGI “Sport of the Arts” is in its 36th year as the governing body for competitive winter guard and indoor percussion activities. The “Sport of the Arts” offers a unique blend of artistry and athleticism, and is a leader in the pageantry/performing arts community.

Doors will open Saturday at 8:30 a.m., with the preliminary round starting at 9 a.m. Doors will reopen at 6 p.m. for the finals, which begin at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for prelims, $15 for finals, or $20 for a combination ticket. Cash and credit cards will be accepted, and food – including tacos, meatball sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, pizza, salad, and baked goods – will be available all day.

Unionville High School is located at 750 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square. For more information, visit or contact Unionville High School Band Director G. Scott Litzenberg at


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