Mansfield High School Percussion Ensemble

The award-winning Mansfield High School Percussion Ensemble is a highly competitive and highly selective group within the Mansfield band program. Students can join by contacting Mr. McGuire and auditioning to be a part of the program.

The ensemble, when in full swing, rehearses every Monday and Thursday night from 6:15pm-9:00pm and every Saturday from 9:45am-4:00pm starting in late November. The ensemble competes in the New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) and Winter Guard International (WGI) circuits throughout late February and March into mid-April.

For the 2020 season, the Percussion Ensemble is performing an arrangement of Tremors by SOHN. The show tells the tale of individuals and groups being split apart and reunited. The show has wowed audiences with its tight choreography tied to moving scenery and virtuoso playing – the result of many hours of hard work.

The 2020 Battery rehearses a portion of the show, Tremor

The Percussion Ensemble has seen tremendous success over the years. The group’s success as a competitive juggernaut has been recognized at both the local and national levels. Our groups have won many New England championships and three World Championships in recent years. We perform challenging music and demand both musical and academic excellence from our members who, in turn, rise to the challenge and make us proud to be part of their success and achievement!

Below are some of the major accomplishments of the percussion program over the years. Click the titles to view a video of the performance. For further information, please contact Matt McGuire at matthew.mcguire@mansfieldschools.com.

To view a YouTube playlist of Percussion Ensemble performances through the years, click here.

2015 – Above

NESBA Scholastic Concert World class champions

WGI Scholastic Concert Open Class World Champions

2014 – The Way Up

NESBA Scholastic Open Class champions

WGI Percussion scholastic concert open class Silver Medalist

2013 – Sketches of a Latin Groove 

2012 – Shelter (marching) &  Third Wind (concert)

NESBA Percussion Scholastic Marching AA Champions

NESBA Percussion Scholastic Concert Open Champions

WGI Percussion Scholastic Concert Open Regional Champions

WGI Percussion Scholastic Marching A World Championship Finalist (watch video)

WGI Percussion Scholastic Concert Open Class Silver Medalist (watch video

2011 – Good night 

Pit Warm-up – Secrets 

Pit Warm-up – Flight of the Bumblebee

NESBA Percussion Scholastic Marching AA Champions

WGI Regional Scholastic A Champions

2010 – Four years in four minutes 

NESBA Percussion Scholastic Marching AA Champions

2009

NESBA New England Concert World Class Champions

WGI Regional Concert World Class Champions

WGI Concert World Class Silver Medalist

2008 – Pat’s Stuff 

NESBA New England Concert Open Class Champions

WGI Regional Concert Open Class Champions

WGI Concert Open Class World Champions

(This group scored an incredible 98.900 in their world championship performance, a feat which stood from 2008 through 2012 as the highest WGI indoor percussion score ever awarded)

2007 –  Echos of Metheny 

WGI Concert Open Class World Champions

2006 –  1812 

2005 – Hymnsong and a Holiday 

2004

NESBA Gold Medalist

2003

NESBA Gold Medalist

2002

NESBA Gold Medalist

2001

NESBA Platinum Medal Recipient