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Update: 18 units registered for IPE 2014!
message posted: 31-12-2013 18:20

IPE is very proud to announce 18 units throughout Europe who have registered for the upcoming 2014 season. The following units will enter the IPE 2014 Competition;

International Marching Class
1 - Unik Star Open (FRA)
2 - GOT Motion (SWE)
3 - yMe Indoor Percussion (ITA)

European Marching Class
4 - MDC Drumline (AUT)
5 - Harpe Davids (NED)
6 - Liberty Drum Corps (UK)
7 - Ungdomsorkesten GötaLejon Drumline (SWE)
8 - Evolution Percussion Ensemble (FRA)
9 - Nuclear Devils Drumband (DEN)

Concert Percussion Class
10 - Beverly Percussion Ensemble (B)
11 - Göteborg Drum Corps (SWE)
12 - Hule Sharks (SWE)
13 - Unik Star Concert (FRA)
14 - Gislaved Drum & Drill Corps (SWE)
15 - Mölnlycke Drum Corps (SWE)
16 - New Spirit (FRA)
17 - Hinnerup Garden Drum Corps (DEN)

Junior Concert Percussion Class
18 - Mölndal Drum Corps (SWE)

More information about the IPE Regionals and the IPE European Championships can be found: HERE


Happy Holidays from IPE!
message posted: 23-12-2013 21:14

To all our Fans, Friends, Partners, Volunteers, Members and Educators. Thank you for making 2013 a fantastic year, we are looking forward to make 2014 even better! Merry X-Mas and a Happy New Year! Froehliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr! Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année! Prettige Kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! From all of us at Indoor Percussion Europe.


Harpe Davids Indoor Percussion (Ned) presents: Man of Steel
message posted: 23-12-2013 19:54

Harpe Davids Indoor Percussion from Zoetermeer (Ned) is proud to present their 2014 indoor percussion show "Man of Steel". Original scores are composed by Hans Zimmer but the arrangements are written by Show and Marching Music.

2014 Harpe Davids Staff:

• Henry van Maanen (visual coördinator/staff coördinator)
• Marten van den Bijlaard (front ensemble/mallet technician)
• Viktor van Maanen (visual tech/bassdrum-tenor-cymbal technician)
• Ingrid Noordhoek (visual technician)
• Michel ten Brummelhuis (field ensemble/snaredrum technician)
• Justin Lewis (consultant)
• Martijn Huitema (consultant)

This Friday (dec 27th) Harpe Davids invites you to visit their "Try Out" in de Veur in Zoetermeer (Ned) together with their winterguard unit Passie. In 2014 Harpe Davids Indoor Percussion will attend the CGN Contests in Aalsmeer and Drachten and the CGN Finals in Eindhoven (Ned). Harpe Davids is also performing at he WGI Regional in Almere (Ned) and the IPE French Percussion Regional and the IPE European Championships.


IPE registration deadline extended
message posted: 15-11-2013 12:04

The deadline to register for IPE 2014 has been extended from November 15th 2013 to January 1st 2014.

Indoor Percussion units will be able to register for five events till January 1st 2014. The list of participating units (14 units already registered!) will be updated every day on our website. The IPE management team hopes that the 2014 events will create a fantastic indoor percussion season throughout Europe.

More information about the IPE Regionals, the IPE European Championships and the registration procedure can be found: HERE


IPE presents I&E and Drum Battle Competitions during Championships
message posted: 13-11-2013 20:24

Indoor Percussion Europe (IPE) is pleased to announce two exciting additions to the IPE European Championships on April 6th 2014. Besides the Indoor Percussion Championships in the afternoon, individuals and ensembles can compete in the European I&E Competition for Percussion and the IPE Drum Battle Competition.

For the 3rd season in a row The Individual & Ensemble Competition will be back at the European Championships in 2014. The categories are Individual Percussion (snare drum, multiple tenor drum, percussion keyboard, timpani, multiple percussion) and Ensembles (bass drum ensemble, cymbal ensemble and percussion ensemble).

New at IPE this upcoming season will be the addition of IPE Drum Battles. These Battle events provide drumming ensembles from across Europe, performing with less than 31 percussionists, powerful opportunities to compete against each other in exciting new ways in a confined “battleground” environment.

Registration and more info about the I&E and Drum Battle Competition can be found HERE.


Update: 16 units already registered for IPE 2014
message posted: 24-10-2013 23:37

IPE is very proud to announce the following 16 units throughout Europe who already registered for the upcoming 2014 season. The following units will enter the IPE 2014 Competition;

International Marching Class
1 - Unik Star Open (FRA)
2 - GOT Motion (SWE)
3 - yMe Indoor Percussion (ITA)

European Marching Class
4 - MDC Drumline (AUT)
5 - Harpe Davids (NED)
6 - Liberty Drum Corps (UK)
7 - Ungdomsorkesten GötaLejon Drumline (SWE)
8 - Evolution Percussion Ensemble (FRA)
9 - Nuclear Devils Drumband (DEN)

Concert Percussion Class
10 - Göteborg Drum Corps (SWE)
11 - Hule Sharks (SWE)
12 - Unik Star Concert (FRA)
13 - Gislaved Drum & Drill Corps (SWE)
14 - Mölnlycke Drum Corps (SWE)
15 - New Spirit (FRA)

Junior Concert Percussion Class
16 - Mölndal Drum Corps (SWE)

Registration deadline is till january 1st 2014. More information about the IPE Regionals, the IPE European Championships and the registration procedure can be found: HERE


Unik Star (Fra) presents 2014 show: HIDDEN
message posted: 09-10-2013 23:50

Unik Star Open Percussion Ensemble from Hellemmes - France is proud to present there 2014 production: “HIDDEN” with music composed by Joe Rodwell (UK), Carl Curtis (UK), David Lemant and Krystof Rigole (FRA). To play with senses, to hide items, to obfuscate the floor and disappear into the abyss... Unik Star will use the term 'HIDDEN' in any definition. Unik Star will participate a several contests and exhibitions in Europe in 2014. Visual/Drill Designer : Benoit Sueur. Staff : Benoit Sueur, David Lemant, Joe Rodwell, Jérôme Capoen, Georges Lecomte, Daniel gannaway-Pitts & Carl Curtis.


IPE 2014 registration begins....
message posted: 30-09-2013 20:54

The registration period for the IPE Indoor Percussion 2014 Events has begun. Indoor Percussion units will be able to register for four events till November 15th 2013. IPE is very proud to present a full calendar with 4 events throughout Europe! Just like last year we start our competition in Ireland. After Ireland we travel to France, Sweden and finally Belgium to end our season in Tournai for the 2014 IPE European Championships.

The list of participating units will be published on our website as soon as the first units have registered. IPE uses a on-line registrationform for registration on their website. The IPE management team hopes that the 2014 events will create a fantastic indoor percussion season throughout Europe. More information about the IPE Regionals, the IPE European Championships and the registration procedure can be found: HERE


Jubal Indoor Percussion (Ned) returns in 2014
message posted: 29-09-2013 22:36

Jubal Indoor Percussion (JIP) from Dordrecht (Ned) will return in competition. JIP participated at Color Guard Netherlands in 2012 and won the Marching Open Class title in their debut year with a score over 90 points!

This weekend Jubal won the 2013 European Championships at DCE in Kerkrade (Ned) and captured also the High Percussion and High Front Ensemble Award. Currently, Jubal's staffteam is working on the first preparations to develop a completely new indoor percussion show. More information about Jubal Indoor Percussion can be found on their Facebook Page.


IPE 2014 registration starts October 1st
message posted: 22-09-2013 20:42

The registration period for the IPE Indoor Percussion 2014 Events will start October 1st. Indoor Percussion units will be able to register for IPE events till November 15th. IPE will use a online registrationform for registration on their website. More info will soon be published online. The IPE Management team hopes that the 2014 events will create another fantastic indoor percussion season throughout Europe.




Beatrix (Ned) continues with indoor percussion
message posted: 20-07-2013 14:15

After last season’s success next winter Beatrix’ will compete in the Dutch CGN indoor percussion championship again.

Indoor percussion brings an educational factor where Summer percussion members still can compete during the winter. Hilko Fieret, PR manager at Beatrix’ says: “We are always looking for new challenges for our members. During the last winter season we learned and reflected a lot. The enthusiasm of members and staff members made Beatrix’ decide to compete in next season’s competition. With the knowledge gained from last season, the evaluation and the plans for this year we expect it to be a memorable season once again.

Beatrix’ winter production will be written some leading designers. Craig Sherratt (known from Beatrix’, The Company and Rhythm X) will be our drill designer for next year. New this is year is Andrew Markworth (Front ensemble Carolina Crown, Crossmen and Rhythm X) who will write the music. Of course a great part of Beatrix’ own staff will give support where needed.

Rehearsal times are to be announced but they will mostly be on Sunday. With a few camps, Beatrix can guarantee that it will be possible to combine it with the Summer season (whether you play with Beatrix or another corps).

The seasons starts with an open door event which will be held at the 25th of August 2013 in the clubhouse at the Neuweg 357 in Hilversum (Ned). For more information or to sign up, please mail to: indoor@beatrix.org


1 new article in our Download Section: Capitalizing on Critique
message posted: 14-06-2013 13:25

Thanks to WGI we've added a new article in our Download Section "Capitalizing on Critique". This article will explain all related topics to prepare for Critique after a IPE Regional. What do you do before, during or after a Critique?, what kind of questions do you ask? How do you prepare for Critique?. You can find the article in our: Download Section


3 new articles in our Download section
message posted: 11-05-2013 14:46

Thanks to WGI we've added 3 new articles in our Download Section "Music for Indoor Percussion, Programming for Indoor Percussion and Teaching Basiscs for Indoor Percussion". The Music article includes tips and suggestions on how to choose and arrange music compositions, the Programming article includes tips and suggestions on how to program your new indoor percussion show and Teaching Basics will give you tips and suggestions on teaching a indoor percussion drumline. You can find the articles in our: Download Section


It's your IPE!
message posted: 10-05-2013 08:56

Rules proposals are now being accepted for the 2014 season. Proposals should contain the name of the author, the rationale behind the proposal, and the estimated financial impact of the proposal. Please send all completed proposals to Erwin van Gemert at this e-mailadress by 3:30 pm on Saturday, June 1st. If you have any questions regarding the rule proposal process, please contact Erwin van Gemert at the email address above. This is your chance to have an impact on the development of our circuit, so please be involved!


Unik Star (Fra) starts 3rd indoor percussion ensemble: Unik Star Concert
message posted: 01-05-2013 14:06

HELLEMMES - Things are going very well in the Northern part of France! Unik Star just announced the start of their 3rd indoor percussion ensemble: Unik Star Concert. Besides Unik Star Open (Percussion Ensemble) and Unik Star Juniors the organisation also has a Color Guard (Xpression Performance Ensemble).

Unik Star Concert was officialy started on April 28th and brought 15 musicians together, however they are working very hard to have a group of at least 20 persons to perfom at IPE in 2014. There are still open spots for: Snares, Tenors, Xylophone, Marimba and Synthesizer.

There are also a few Summer Camps on:
- May 19th, 2013 (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
- June 23th, 2013 (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
- July 21th, 2013 (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Location and venue of Unik Star:
SALLE DUQUESNOY
Centre Gustave Engrand
208, rue Faidherbe
59260 Hellemmes (France)


WORLD CHAMPION Jordan Murray: RX Blog Update#2 online!
message posted: 27-04-2013 13:59

Besides Tijl van der Meulen who performed in Matrix this year, Jordan Murray from England performed in the Front Ensemble of Rhythm X and won the 2013 WGI World Percussion Championship title in Dayton! If you want to know what it feels like to become World Champion, make sure you read Jordan's Blog! It will take some time to read but it's definitely inspiring for all indoor percussionists who ever want to compete at WGI. Exclusively for IPE, Jordan updated Europe with his experiences in the States. Go directly to our BLOG PAGE and read how he fulfilled his dream.


Tijl van der Meulen: Matrix Blog Update #6 + Video online!
message posted: 26-04-2013 17:07

Tijl and Matrix have done it! Ending up with the highest score and rank in the history of Matrix! Because WGI Finals were one week ago, this will be the last blog of Tijl van der Meulen at Matrix. In his last blog Tijl writes about the WGI World Championships and how he experiences his last weeks with Matrix. We've also added a YouTube Video with the end of the Matrix Show. You should definitely check it out!. IPE wants to thank Tijl for all his effort in 6 very entertaining Blogs and wishes him good luck with DrumSpirit in the near future. Thanks Tijl for sharing all the insights in Matrix and the indoor percussion activity in the US! Read his final update on our BLOG PAGE. Enjoy!


2013 WGI World Champions: RHYTHM X!
message posted: 21-04-2013 19:57

With a score of 98.263 Rhythm X are the new 2013 WGI World Champions. Second place went to defending Champion Riverside Community College (97.425). Music City Mystique became third (96.125). 2012 IPE guests Matrix captured fourth place (95.150) and Pulse Percussion took fifth (94.675).

The World Class Finalists brought a new level of skill and entertainment to the indoor percussion activity at the University of Dayton Arena. The fans also spoke, or texted, their opinion and awarded 2008 IPE guests Father Ryan HS the "Fans' Favorite in the Scholastic World Class." Congratulations to all! Recaps can be found on the: WGI Website

WGI World Class Finals Scores:
1 Rhythm X (Columbus, Ohio) 98.263
2 Riverside Community College (Riverside, California) 97.425
3 Music City Mystique (Nashville, Tennessee) 96.125
4 Matrix (Akron, Ohio) 95.150
5 Pulse Percussion (Westminster, California) 94.675
6 Aimachi (Nagoya, Japan) 94.300
7 Gateway Indoor (St. Louis, Missouri) 92.688
8 George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia) 92.250
9 NorthCoast Academy (Saginaw, Michigan) 91.563
10 United Percussion (Camden County, New Jersey) 89.863
11 Infinity (Orlando, Florida) 88.838
12 Blue Knights (Denver, Colorado) 88.463
13 MN Brass Indoor (Saint Paul, Minnesota) 87.813
14 Palmetto Percussion (Boiling Springs, South Carolina) 86.913
15 OC Indoor (Portland, Oregon) 86.675


Rhythm X takes the lead in WGI Percussion Championships Prelims
message posted: 20-04-2013 14:30

The WGI Percussion World Championships is the premier showcase for indoor percussion ensembles in the world. The event is produced by WGI Sport of the Arts which also produces the WGI Color Guard World Championships one week prior to the percussion event. This year 210 indoor percussion units are traveling to Dayton to perform in the UD Arena! Two European drummers are performing in 2 fantastic ensembles, Jordan Murray (UK) is performing in the Front Ensemble of Rhythm X (1st place in Prelims) and Tijl van der Meulen is performing in Matrix on his drumset (8th place in Prelims) Check out their blog on their own: BLOG PAGE

The percussion contest features preliminary rounds in eight classes of competition, providing opportunities for units at all levels of expertise, from beginning to advanced. Up to 15 units in each division advance to the Finals round, where medals are awarded to the top three finishers. More info, pictures, scores and a state of the art webcast can be found on the WGI website.

World Class Prelims Results:
1 Rhythm X 96.875
2 Riverside Community College 96.313
3 Music City Mystique 96.225
4 Pulse Percussion 95.062
5 Aimachi 93.463
6 NorthCoast Academy 92.325
7 Gateway Indoor 92.150
8 Matrix 91.938
9 United Percussion 90.212
10 Infinity 90.087
11 George Mason University 89.100
12 Blue Knights 88.075
13 OC Indoor 87.225
14 Palmetto Percussion 86.663
15 MN Brass Indoor 86.038
------------------------------------------------ FINALS
16 Arizona State University 85.312
17 POW Percussion 85.113
18 Eastside Fury Perc 85.088
19 STRYKE Percussion Ensemble 84.812
20 Max Percussion Theatre 83.188
21 Vanguard 83.088
22 Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble 82.175
23 Dojo Percussion 81.813
24 Legacy Indoor Percussion 81.350


Over 400 Championships pictures uploaded in our Media Vault
message posted: 16-04-2013 23:01

We've posted over 400 pictures of the IPE European Championships. Thanks to Francois Deschacht of Corps and Band, all units are now online in our: Media Vault.


Over 200 I&E Pictures uploaded in our Media Vault
message posted: 13-04-2013 14:13

We've posted the first batch of pictures of the IPE European Championships. Thanks to Francois Deschacht of Corps and Band, all I&E Performers are now online in our: Media Vault. Besides the I&E Pictures, we've also uploaded the IPE Championships Recaps.


Tijl van der Meulen: Matrix Blog #5
message posted: 08-04-2013 22:12

Matrix Blog #5 is online. Tijl and Matrix got a hugh crowd response at the OIPA Championships last weekend and he is preparing himself for the WGI World Championships in Dayton! Read the rest of the Blog on our Special BLOG PAGE. Enjoy!


IPE CHAMPS: DrumSpirit, Beverly Drumband, Senators Jrs & Evolution
message posted: 07-04-2013 22:21

Almost 300 Indoor Percussion fans were able to enjoy top percussion on Sunday April 7th during the sixth edition of the IPE European Championships in Tournai (B). In the "Hall des Sports" IPE showcased the fantastic performances of indoor percussion ensembles in Europe! 10 competing units and 15 high quality I&E performers. The result: Huge standing ovations from the 300 spectators that had come to Tournai.

2013 IPE European Championships Scores:

Concert Percussion Class: FINALS
1 - 68.50 Evolution (FRA)
2 - 66.25 New Spirit (FRA)

Junior Percussion Class: FINALS
1 - 68.50 The Senators Juniors (UK)
2 - 53.50 Unik Star Juniors (FRA)

European Marching Percussion Class: FINALS
1 - 82.33 The Beverly Drumband (B)
2 - 65.00 Music Black Show (FRA)
2 - 65.00 Liberty Drumcorps (UK)

International Marching Percussion Class: PRELIMS
1 - 75.83 Unik Star (FRA)
2 - 73.33 DrumSpirit (B)
3 - 72.00 GOT Motion (SWE)

International Marching Percussion Class: FINALS
1 - 79.83 DrumSpirit (B)
2 - 78.83 GOT Motion (SWE)
3 - 78.50 Unik Star (FRA)

In a couple of days, all Judges audio files will be send by email to the units. The IPE European Championships Recaps and lots of pictures will be online this week.

IPE would like to thank:

All competing units and volunteers
DrumSpirit for hosting GOT Motion and Liberty Drumcorps
Our Sponsors: Dynasty
Our Partners: WGUK and DCE
Our IPE DJ: Tim Hekhuis
Our IPE Judges: Music Effect: Theo van den Elshout (Ned) Visual Ensemble: Mathieu Meulenaere (B) Ensemble Music: Marco Harder (NED)
Last but certainly not least, the audience for making this percussion event incredible.


IPE I&E Champs: Brynn Cooper, Rasmus Hansson and Liberty Percussion Ensemble!
message posted: 07-04-2013 22:07

Snare Individual Results
1 - 88.00 Brynn Cooper (Black Knights/Unik Star)
2 - 86.00 Nicklas Ecklund (GOT Motion)
3 - 82.50 Romain Devocelle (Unik Star)
4 - 75.00 CD Osterberg (GOT Motion)
5 - 68.50 Jack Boddington (Liberty)
6 - 68.00 Giovanni Devriere (Unik Star)
7 - 62.00 Jesse Merlin (Mosaic)
8 - 59.50 Orin Willis (Liberty)

Keyboard Individual Results:
1 - 84.00 Rasmus Hansson (GOT Motion)
2 - 81.00 Alexander Goransson (GOT Motion)
3 - 76.50 Simon Walgraeve
4 - 73.50 Sibert Beelprez (DrumSpirit)
5 - 73.00 Arnoud Lefebvre (DrumSpirit)
6 - 67.00 Thomas Capiau

Percussion Ensemble Results:
1 - 71.00 Orin Willis/Jack Boddington (Liberty)


This weekend: The 2013 IPE European Championships!
message posted: 06-04-2013 16:20

This weekend IPE is proud to present the 2013 IPE European Championships in Tournai, Belgium. 10 units will enter the floor in competition, 1 unit from Sweden, 5 units from France, 2 units from England and 2 units from Belgium. Four Classes will be represented, the International Marching Class, the European Marching Class, the Concert Percussion Class and the Junior Percussion Class. Besides these 10 indoor percussion units, IPE is very proud to present a record number of 15 I&E performers! Follow our IPE Twitter account www.twitter.com/IPEurope for news updates and scores during the 2013 IPE European Championships. More details and information can be found in our Event Info section.


IPE Office closed till Tuesday April 9th
message posted: 05-04-2013 21:20

The IPE office is packing up for an exciting indoor percussion weekend in Belgium at the 2013 IPE European Championships in Tournai. For urgent matters you can use the phonenumber which is mentioned in the IPE Championships Handbook. Tickets for the 2013 IPE European Championships can be purchased at the door in Tournai (€ 12.00 a piece or a group discount (group > 10 pers) € 10.00 a piece.

Leading up to and during the IPE European Championships we will be 'twittering' the latest news bits on a regular basis. So don't forget to follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/IPEurope. (The messages will be sent in English). IPE wishes good luck to all the competing units and I&E performers this weekend. The office will reopen on Tuesday, April 9 at 8:30 am. See you in Tournai!


SPECIAL: IPE Championships Group discounts!
message posted: 30-03-2013 14:48

IPE is offering special ticket prices at the IPE European Championships! All units are invited to bring as many of their supporters to recieve a Group Discount at the door. (>10 persons = €10 per person) If you're planning to buy IPE Championships tickets for a group of people, whether it's a bus load of supporters or at least 10 persons, be sure to mention that at our ticketbooth and buy your tickets for € 10.00 per person instead of the € 12.00. See you at the IPE European Championships!


IPE publishes 2013 Championships Handbook & Schedules
message posted: 25-03-2013 21:43

The timeschedules and a Championship Handbook for Europe's Biggest Indoor Percussion Event can be downloaded on our IPE European Championships Page . The IPE European Championships will take place on Sunday 7th April in the Hall des Sports, 2 Avenue de Gaulle in Tournai (B).

10 indoor percussion units will compete in the International Marching Class, the European Marching Class, the Concert Class and the Junior Marching Class. Besides the indoor percussion units, IPE is presenting a record number of I&E performers. 15 percussionists will enter the floor with only one goal: To become Europe's nr. 1 percussionist! Please visit the IPE European Championships Page for more info.


CGN 2013 Percussion Champs: European X, Drumsquad, Premier & Premier Cadets
message posted: 22-03-2013 18:29

ALMERE (NED) - A clean sweap for the Dutch units at CGN's Main Event for Color Guard and Indoor Percussion in the Netherlands. For the first time CGN held their Championships in the Topsportcentum in Almere (Ned). 53 Color Guards and 9 Indoor Percussion units tried to capture one of the CGN Championship titles. European X (Ned) won their second Championship title in the Marching Open Class. Drumsquad (Ned) took first place in the Percussion Prep Class, Premier (Ned) took first place in the Marching A-Class and Premier Cadets (Ned) won the title in the Prep Cadets Class. More info and results can be found on: the CGN website


Record number of performers at I&E: 15 performers registered!
message posted: 17-03-2013 14:27

For the second time, IPE will present the Individuals & Ensembles competition during the IPE European Championships on Sunday April 7th in Tournai (B). Besides the Indoor Percussion Championships in the afternoon, no less then 15 performers (6 Marimba's, 8 Snares, 1 Percussion Ensemble) will compete in IPE's I&E Competition for Percussion! More information and a list of performers can be found here: I&E Competition Page.


Tijl van der Meulen: Matrix Blog #4
message posted: 11-03-2013 21:44

Matrix Blog #4 is online. Tijl and Matrix got their new floor AND uniforms, which are awesome! "It kinda has a retro sci-fi/ Flash Gordon "Im-going-to-be-badass-and-i'm-going-to-look-fabulous-while-doing-it" vibe to it." Read the rest of the Blog on our Special BLOG PAGE. Enjoy!


Great performances in Hem at the French Percussion Regional
message posted: 10-03-2013 21:15

This years edition of the IPE French Percussion Regional was a great example to promote the indoor percussion activity in France! Over 150 spectators witnessed the performances of 5 indoor percussion units from France and Belgium. In the Salle Jean le Plat in Hem (FRA), IPE presented 5 units in 4 different classifications, the Junior Percussion Class, the Concert Percussion Class, the European Marching Percussion and the International Marching Percussion Class.

With a score of 77.33 Unik Star (Fra) took first place in the International Marching Percussion Class. Two units competed in the European Class, The Beverly Drumband (B) took first place with a score of 73,67 over Music Black Show (Fra), they finished second with a score of 53.17. New Spirit (Fra) was the only competing unit in the Concert Percussion Class and were placed first with a score of 46.25. Unik Star Juniors (Fra) was the only competing unit in the Junior Percussion Class and were placed first with a score of 61.00. Download the RECAP here.

IPE would like to thank New Spirit, Jerome Capoen and all volunteers for their hospitality and effort to make this event a succes!


Today: IPE French Percussion Regional
message posted: 09-03-2013 12:47

Today IPE is proud to present the IPE French Percussion Regional in Hem, France. 5 units will enter the floor in comptition, four units from France and one unit from Belgium. Four Classes will be represented, the International Marching Class, the European Marching Class, the Concert Percussion Class and the Junior Percussion Class. Follow our IPE Twitter account www.twitter.com/IPEurope for news updates and scores during the French Percussion Regional. More details and information can be found in our Event Info section.


First pictures online from the IPE Scandinavian Regional
message posted: 04-03-2013 22:37

Thanks to Mira Aasma from Sweden we are able to present to you the first pictures of the IPE Scandinavian Percussion Regional. The pictures are uploaded in our: Media Vault.


Timetable French Percussion Regional online
message posted: 04-03-2013 19:59

The Timetable for the 2013 IPE French Percussion Regional in Hem (Fra) on Sunday March 10th is online. 6 indoor percussion units will compete in the International Marching Class, the European Marching Class, the Concert Class and the Junior Marching Class. Please visit the IPE French Percussion Regional Page to find all the information you'll need. See you this Sunday in Hem!


Giant leap forward for 2nd edition of the Scandinavian Percussion Regional
message posted: 03-03-2013 21:03

The second edition of the IPE Scandinavian Percussion Regional was a massive succes! Over 400 spectators witnessed the performances of 8 indoor percussion units from Sweden and Denmark. In the Lisebergshallen in Göteborg (SWE), IPE presented units in 3 different classifications, the Junior Percussion Class, the Concert Percussion Class and the International Marching Percussion Class.

With a score of 66.50 Göteborg Drum Corps took first place in the Concert Percussion Class over Helsingborgs Marimba Band (61.50). Third place went to last year winner Gislaved (61.00), fourth place went to our first Danish indoor percussion unit Hinnerup Garden (60.75), fifth place went to Mölnlycke (34.00) and Mölndal came in sixth with a score of 33.00. Got Motion was the only competing unit in the International Marching Percussion Class and were placed first with a score of 63.50. Helsingborg Marimba Band (Juniors) was the only competing unit in the Junior Percussion Class and were placed first with a score of 56.50. Download the RECAP here.

IPE would like to thank Göteborg Drumcorps, GOT Motion and all volunteers for their hospitality and effort to make this event a hugh succes!


This weekend: IPE Scandinavian Percussion Regional
message posted: 28-02-2013 15:24

This upcoming weekend IPE is proud to present the second edition of the IPE Scandinavian Percussion Regional in Göteborg, Sweden. 8 units will enter the floor in comptition, seven units from Sweden and one unit from Denmark. Three Classes will be represented, the International Marching Class, the Concert Percussion Class and the Junior Percussion Class. Follow our IPE Twitter account www.twitter.com/IPEurope for news updates and scores during the Scandinavian Percussion Regional. More details and information can be found in our Event Info section.


Unik Star Juniors (FRA) presents: The Big Apple
message posted: 21-02-2013 20:42

Unik Star Juniors from Hellemmes (France) are proud to present their 2013 production “BIG APPLE”. The Juniors of Unik Star will perform in the Junior Percussion Class at the IPE French Percussion Regional and the IPE European Championships 2013 in Tournai (B).

The Big Apple includes:
- Party in the USA
- New York, New York
- Empire State of Mind

The Big Apple is arranged and designed by members of Unik Star. Concept and Music: Georges Lecomte & Ludovic Sueur. Staffmembers: Ludovic Sueur & Benjy Vandemoortele


French Percussion Regional Venue announced
message posted: 19-02-2013 22:46

It took some time but we are pleased to inform you the venue of the French Percussion Regional. The Salle Jean le Plat in Hem (Fra) will host 5 units from Belgium and France and will be the place to be on Sunday March 10th 2013. Full details of each event will be posted on this website in the Event Info section.


European X claims WGI European Regional Title
message posted: 17-02-2013 09:49

After ending up in 5th place in 2012, European X (Ned) showed the audience and the judges what progress you can make during a year. With a score of 80.20 European X won the WGI European Regional Title. In Topsportcentre Almere, the audience was treated on seven fantastic indoor percussion shows. Second place in the Marching Open Class went to Unik Star (Fra). Advendo (Ned) took first place in the Marching Independent A-Class. Pictures, Recaps and more information can be found at: CGN

Marching Open Class Finals
80.20 - European X (NED)
78.90 - Unik Star (FRA)
77.40 - DrumSpirit (B)
77.20 - Percussion Unlimited (NED)
72.90 - Beatrix' Indoor Percussion (NED)

Independent A-Class Finals
76.10 - Advendo Percussion Ensemble (NED)
75.60 - Premier Drumcorps (NED)


Jordan Murray: RhythmX Blog #1 online!
message posted: 14-02-2013 20:55

Besides Tijl van der Meulen who is performing in Matrix this winter, Jordan Murray from England will be performing in the Front Ensemble of Rhythm X. Rhythm X, a competitive indoor percussion ensemble based in Columbus - Ohio (USA), are the 2008 and 2009 WGI World Percussion Champions. Exclusively for IPE, Jordan will update Europe with his experiences in the States. Go directly to our BLOG PAGE and read how he is fulfilling his dream.


Lys Parades Percussion (Fra) presents: AIR
message posted: 10-02-2013 21:13

Inspired by the elemental breath, Lys Parade's Percussion from Merville (Fra) is proud to present their 2013 show "AIR". In preparation for their first winter season, Lys Parade's Percussion will be competing with 3 popular music arrangements in the IPE Concert Class this year.


Evolution Percussion Ensemble (Fra) presents: Media.files.mp3
message posted: 10-02-2013 20:53

After a good start at the MMF Contest 2012 with their show 'RED', Evolution Percussion Ensemble from Hazebrouck (F) is proud to present their 2013 concert production "Media.files.mp3". All arrangements are written and arranged by Ludovic Sueur, Benjamin Vandemorteele & Jérôme Capoen and include 'Paparazzi', 'Carol of the bells' and 'Where Have You Been'. Evolution will perform in the Concert Class at the French Regional and the IPE European Championships.


NJF (Ned) presents: DRUMLINE 2013
message posted: 10-02-2013 17:12

MIDDELBURG (NED) - The NJF (National Youth Festival) federation presents "DRUMLINE 2013". This new project is started to form a one-time experience in a drumline of many many percussionists. NJF hopes to present a drumline of hundreds of percussionist who will play a free arrangement which will be written in two different playing levels. (Beginner and Advanced)

Members have to practice and memorise the arrangement at home and will join rehearsals in April and May where they will learn the drillsets. Saturday June 1st will be the big day where DRUMLINE 2013 will present their Mega Project at the Tatoo Zeeland in Vlissingen (Ned). Percussionist have to bring their own instrument to rehearsal and show and recieve a free ticket to the Tatoo Zeeland.

Cost of entry are € 5,00 per person which can be paid on bank account: 38.93.34.944. to Stichting NJF. After registration and payment you will recieve a confirmation e-mail. Register at: drumline@taptoezeeland.nl. More information can be found on the NJF Website. (Dutch language)


Tijl van der Meulen: Matrix Blog #3
message posted: 08-02-2013 12:09

Matrix Blog #3 is online. Tijl is half way through his American adventure at Matrix. We've created a special Blog Page for Tijl. Go directly to our BLOG PAGE and read his experiences in the USA.


First ever UK percussionist to join Rhythm X!
message posted: 27-01-2013 09:47

Jordan Murray from The Company (UK) will fulfill his lifelong dream at the age of 16. He has left for Columbus - Ohio to take up a vibraphone spot in the frontline of two-time WGI Independent World Percussion Champions, Rhythm X.

"We are incredibly proud of Jordan as he jets off to do his first American season", said The Company in a press release. "Many of our members having had the pleasure of knowing and teaching him from the age of 9. However, teaching him didn't last very long. He soon showed his incredible natural talent and thirst for excellence." Jordan is the first ever UK percussionist to play within a WGI ensemble. "This is an amazing feat for him as we see Rhythm X as one of the foremost percussion innovators in the world. This will be invaluable for our own frontline when he returns and brings back a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with everyone at The Company."

When members miss rehearsals because they have their end of school exams looming, Jordan will be missing 3 months of regular schooling in his final year. Bradford Grammar, Jordan's high school, has been very supportive of his adventure by providing assignments and work for him to complete whilst he is living with another young member's family in the United States. IPE wishes Jordan Good Luck @Rhythm X!
(Source:drumcorpseurope.org)


Percussion Unlimited (NED) wins first CGN Contest
message posted: 27-01-2013 08:41

Last night at the first Indoor Percussion Contest in Almere (NED) Percussion Unlimited took first place in the Marching Open Class with a score of 75.2. Beatrix (Ned) took second place with their show Da Vinci Secrets. (71.1) In the Marching A-Class Premier won with a score of 61.1, More information and recaps can be found on: the CGN website


I&E Registration started!
message posted: 19-01-2013 09:00

For the second time, IPE will hold the Individuals & Ensembles competition during the IPE European Championships on Sunday April 7th in Tournai (B). Besides the Indoor Percussion Championships in the afternoon, members and ensembles can compete in the European I&E Competition for Percussion.

The categories are Individual Percussion (snare drum, multiple tenor drum, percussion keyboard, timpani, multiple percussion) and Ensembles (bass drum ensemble, cymbal ensemble and percussion ensemble). Registration is easy! Just send us an email with your name, category, unit/corps and that's it! More information can be found here: I&E Competition Page.


Tijl van der Meulen: Matrix Blog #2
message posted: 12-01-2013 15:07

Matrix Blog #2 is online. This time Tijl is telling us his experiences over the last month at Matrix. We've created a special Blog Page for Tijl. Go directly to TIJL'S BLOG PAGE. (English language) and read his experiences in the USA.


20 units registered for IPE 2013: Sweden is booming!
message posted: 02-01-2013 10:01

IPE is very proud to announce 20 units from 7 different countries throughout Europe who have registered for the upcoming 2013 season. A remarkable development is going on in Sweden where 9 units will perform at the Scandinavian Percussion Regional! The following units will enter the IPE Competition in 2013;

International Marching Class
1 - Unik Star (FRA)
2 - GOT Motion (SWE)
3 - DrumSpirit (B)

European Marching Class
4 - Beverly Drumband (B)
5 - Mór BLUE (IRE)
6 - Showband Music Black Show (FRA)
7 - Liberty Drumcorps (UK)

Concert Percussion Class
8 - Gislaved Drum & Drill Corps (SWE)
9 - Molndal Drum Corps (SWE)
10 - Helsingsborgs Slagverkensemble (SWE)
11 - Helsingsborgs Marimba Band 1 (SWE)
12 - Molnlycke Drum Corps (SWE)
13 - Goteborg Drum Corps (SWE)
14 - Hinnerup Garden (DEN)
15 - Evolution (FRA)
16 - Lys Parade's (FRA)
17 - New Spirit (FRA)

Junior Percussion Class
18 - Unik Star Juniors (FRA)
19 - Helsingsborgs Marimba Band 2 (SWE)
20 - Senators Juniors (UK)

Registration is now officially closed. More information about the IPE Regionals and the IPE European Championships can be found: HERE


IPE EXCLUSIVE: Tijl van der Meulen BLOG @Matrix!
message posted: 28-12-2012 13:13

This winter, Tijl van der Meulen from Belgium will be performing in the Front Ensemble of Matrix. Matrix is an independent indoor marching percussion ensemble based out of Akron, Ohio. Matrix was formed in 1999 as a competitive indoor drumline and competes in the Winter Guard International and Mid East Performance Association circuits in the Independent World class. Matrix performed twice at the IPE European Championships (2008/2012) and has consistently been a MEPA and WGI Finalist since 1999.

Tijl van der Meulen is the first European musician ever who will perform in Matrix. In 2012 he was a performer in the Front Ensemble of Glassmen and he is a active performer of DrumSpirit from Dadizele, Belgium. Tijl will perform in Dayton at the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Percussion Championships. Exclusively for IPE, Tijl will update Europe with his experiences in the States.

Go directly to TIJL'S BLOG PAGE. (English language)


Happy Holidays from IPE!
message posted: 22-12-2012 13:38

To all our Fans, Friends, Partners, Volunteers, Members and Educators. Thank you for making 2012 a fantastic year, we are looking forward to make 2013 even better! Merry X-Mas and a Happy New Year! Froehliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr! Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année! Prettige Kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! From all of us at Indoor Percussion Europe.


20 units already registered for IPE 2013
message posted: 01-12-2012 14:01

IPE is very proud to announce 20 units from 7 different countries throughout Europe who already registered for the upcoming 2013 season. The following units will enter the IPE 2013 Competition;

International Marching Class
1 - Unik Star (FRA)
2 - GOT Motion (SWE)
3 - DrumSpirit (B)

European Marching Class
4 - Beverly Drumband (B)
5 - Mór BLUE (IRE)
6 - Showband Music Black Show (FRA)

Concert Percussion Class
7 - Spirit of Coventry (UK)
8 - Gislaved Drum & Drill Corps (SWE)
9 - Molndal Drum Corps (SWE)
10 - Helsingsborgs Slagverkensemble (SWE)
11 - Helsingsborgs Marimba Band 1 (SWE)
12 - Molnlycke Drum Corps (SWE)
13 - Goteborg Drum Corps (SWE)
14 - Hinnerup Garden (DEN)
15 - New Event Corps (FRA)
16 - Evolution (FRA)
17 - Lys Parade's (FRA)
18 - New Spirit (FRA)

Junior Percussion Class
19 - Unik Star Juniors (FRA)
20 - Helsingsborgs Marimba Band 2 (SWE)

Registration deadline is extended till January 1st 2013. More information about the IPE Regionals, the IPE European Championships and the registration procedure can be found: HERE


DrumSpirit (B) presents: Up
message posted: 27-11-2012 10:35

DrumSpirit Percussion Ensemble from Dadizele, Belgium is proud to present their 2013 production: UP.

After a very succesful year where DrumSpirit presented their fantastic theatre show, performing over 50 times throughout Europe and winning the VLAMO Championship title, DrumSpirit is already preparing themselves for the 2013 season. DrumSpirit's new program is written by their own staffteam: Thomas Claesen, Maarten Deschacht (Arrangements), Bart Tienpont and David Dewyn (Visual design).

DrumSpirit also announced their new show "In Flanders Field" for 2014. This will be a very special year because DrumSpirit will attend the 2014 WGI World Percussion Championships in Dayton, Ohio for the second time.


Mór BLUE (IRE) presents: THE MASK OF SANITY
message posted: 24-11-2012 09:28

Mór BLUE Percussion Ensemble from Wicklow,Ireland is proud to present their 2013 production: “THE MASK OF SANITY” with music composed by Ken Walsh(IRE) and David Devlin (IRE). Join us as well explore the sides of Patrick Bateman (the American Psycho) a wealthy New York investment banker who lives Wall Street by day and his nights are spent in ways impossible to fathom. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune but at night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. Mór BLUE will show you the conflict between the Dark & Light sides of Patrick Bateman but exactly which side will survive the madness?


Tijl van der Meulen (B) joins Matrix!
message posted: 22-11-2012 21:59

This winter, Tijl van der Meulen from Belgium will be performing in the Front Ensemble of Matrix. Matrix is an independent indoor marching percussion ensemble based out of Akron, Ohio. Matrix was formed in 1999 as a competitive indoor drumline and competes in the Winter Guard International and Mid East Performance Association circuits in the Independent World class. Matrix performed twice at the IPE European Championships (2008/2012) and has consistently been a MEPA and WGI Finalist since 1999. Matrix earned the bronze medal in WGI Open Class in 2000 and has been a WGI Independent World Class finalist since 2005.

Tijl van der Meulen is the first European musician ever who will march in Matrix. In 2012 he was a performer in the Front Ensemble of Glassmen and he is a active performer of DrumSpirit from Dadizele, Belgium. Tijl will perform in Dayton at the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Percussion Championships. IPE wishes Tijl good luck with Matrix @ WGI!


IPE registration deadline extended
message posted: 15-11-2012 09:19

The deadline to register for IPE 2013 has been extended from November 15th 2012 to January 1st 2013. One of the reasons to extend the registration date is to synchronise the closing date with WGUK because of the English indoor percussion units.

Indoor Percussion units will be able to register for five events till January 1st 2013. IPE is very proud to present a full calendar with Percussion Regionals in France, Sweden, Ireland and England. Championships will be held in Tournai, Belgium. The list of participating units (18 units already registered!) will be published on our website as soon as the first units have registered and the deposit is recieved by IPE. The IPE management team hopes that the 2013 events will create a fantastic indoor percussion season throughout Europe.

More information about the IPE Regionals, the IPE European Championships and the registration procedure can be found: HERE


IPE Qualification Procedure Change
message posted: 25-10-2012 09:05

For the 2013 IPE Season, IPE has changed their qualification procedure. Over the years indoor percussion units throughout Europe had to "qualify" by attending at least one IPE event prior to the IPE European Championships. To stimulate the Indoor Percussion activity, IPE has decided to delete this qualification procedure from their registration form and manual. Units can register for IPE Championships without registering for a IPE Regional.

"All indoor percussion units are struggeling with high costs to participate in Indoor Percussion circuits throughout Europe, we therefor hope by changing this procedure that units will feel free to choose what event will fit in their budget and where they want to perform" says Erwin van Gemert of IPE.


Are you connected with Unik Star in 2013?
message posted: 14-10-2012 22:02

Unik Star Percussion Ensemble from Hellemmes - France is proud to present there 2013 production: “KONECT” with music composed by Joe Rodwell (UK), Carl Curtis (UK) and David Lemant (FRA). To join or fasten together, to associate as related, to join to by means of a communications circuit... Unik Star will connect with the audience in Europe for this 2013 season. Our program will explore the many ways in which we connect in today's society, and develop the idea of linking together.

To accomplish these new objectives, Unik Star will participate at two IPE events, at the WGI Regional competition in Holland and the CGN Championships.


IPE Registration Begins.....
message posted: 30-09-2012 21:32

The registration period for the IPE Indoor Percussion 2013 Events has begun. Indoor Percussion units will be able to register for four events till November 15th. IPE is very proud to present a full calendar with 5 events throughout Europe! New in our list of Percussion Regionals is Ireland where we will organise our first Irish Percussion Regional! After Ireland we travel to Sweden, France, England and finally Belgium to end our season in Tournai for the 2013 IPE European Championships.

The list of participating units will be published on our website as soon as the first units have registered and the deposit is recieved by IPE. IPE uses a online registrationform for registration on their website. (Download the IPE Policies and Participant Handbook for more registration information) The IPE management team hopes that the 2013 events will create a fantastic indoor percussion season throughout Europe. More information about the IPE Regionals, the IPE European Championships and the registration procedure can be found: HERE


IPE 2013 Promo "Unleash the Drums" online!
message posted: 23-09-2012 15:47

Thanks to Nicky Walraven, IPE is very proud to present: The IPE 2013 Promo. Watch this promo and get a taste of what you can expect next winter throughout Europe.




Percussion Unlimited (NED) presents: On Fire!
message posted: 22-09-2012 14:23

Percussion Unlimited is proud to present their 2013 program: On Fire! This winter will not be cold according to PU, they will ignite the fire on the field.

Where would we be without fire? Life on Earth is impossible without the sun and heat to survive. From extreme cold to intens heat, PU is exploring it on the field. Inspired by the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, PU is aiming for many audience responses and standing ovations! Music is written by Pim van den Heivel and Coen Theuwis. Visual design is written by Myra van Steijn, Coen Theuwis and Rob Meester. More info about Percussion Unlimited can be found on: the PU website


IPE 2013 Registration starts October 1st
message posted: 21-09-2012 12:10

The registration period for the IPE Indoor Percussion 2013 Events will start October 1st. Indoor Percussion units will be able to register for five events till November 15th. IPE will use a online registrationform for registration on their website. More info will soon be published online. The IPE Management team hopes that the 2013 events will create another fantastic indoor percussion season throughout Europe.


IPE 2013 Event Schedule will be presented at DCE Championships
message posted: 17-09-2012 21:01

On Saturday September 29th, IPE will announce all dates for the upcomming winterseason at the Drum Corps Europe Championships in Kerkrade (Ned). Check out the posters in and around the Parkstad Limburg Stadium, you can’t miss them! We are very excited to see you in Kerkrade (NED) at the DCE European Championships! Have a great day and good luck to all competing corps!


Cold Steel Drummers to perform at OdeGand (B)
message posted: 11-09-2012 22:33

The Cold Steel Drummers from North Carolina (USA) are performing at the yearly OdeGand Festival in Ghent (Belgium) on Saturday September 16th. Stoutly marching in a disciplined, rhythmic choreography: the “American drumline” is a well-known concept. At “OdeGand”, The Cold Steel Drummers from North Carolina will be happy to show us what perfectly delivered rhythms sound like. They like to call themselves “unbreakable, unbeatable, unstoppable and untouchable!” One look at their strong presence is enough to decide that they are absolutely right. Add to that rhythms that make your blood race and you know this is all about adrenaline!

“OdeGand” is the annual opener of the cultural season by Ghent Festival of Flanders. The idyllic city center of Ghent is filled with wonderful music. This year, "OdeGand" will be celebrating its tenth anniversary. The musical celebration promises to be even more flamboyant than before!

You can enjoy music in every culture temple Ghent has to offer: from flamenco and jazz, to classical and world music performed by national and international talents. Besides, there are also acts on and along Ghent’s Canals. Take the boat to go from one concert to the next. For one day, at least, the city on the Leie river will remind you of Avignon…

At night, you are welcome to join the magic atmosphere along Graslei and Korenlei and to enjoy highly attractive concerts. And to top it off, there will be a bonfire that you won’t forget anytime soon…

One ticket grants access to over 50 performances in dozens of venues, and free boat rides. More info can be found on: http://odegand.festivalgent.be/en


First IPE Information Evening on August 30 in Hellemmes (Fra)
message posted: 01-08-2012 12:46

Indoor Percussion Europe (IPE) will organise two Percussion Information Evenings this year. Besides one evening in the UK (Expected date: October 2012) the first Information Evening will be held in Hellemmes (Fra) on August 30. IPE representatives will explain matters for the upcomming 2013 European Indoor Percussion Season. During this meeting they will explain and discuss topics like education, organisation, contests and judging. Presentations and discussions are planned to begin at 19.00.

The IPE Information Evening provides (mainly French/Belgian) percussion units with advice and support for making decisions regarding IPE Classifications, IPE Rules, Policies and regulations and other important matters. If you’re having questions about the IPE Competition or you're still unsure about which classification to choose, how to compete or want to find out more about a particular area of IPE, then come along to our Information Evening. This event is open for all percussion units/members and public. Don’t miss it!

When and where?
Date: Thursday 30 August, 2012
Time: 19:00pm – 20:30pm
Venue: SALLE ITONG, Centre Gustav Engrand, 208, rue Faidherbe, 59260 Hellemmes (France)


Beatrix (Ned) presents: Beatrix Indoor Percussion
message posted: 29-05-2012 21:00

After many talks, discussions, meetings, and a lot of planning, Beatrix from Hilversum (Ned) is starting their own indoor drumline. This winter Beatrix will enter the CGN competition in the Marching Open Class.

For several years Beatrix’s drumline has been among the top of the Dutch and European units. If you are interested to march this winter drumline, email: indoor@beatrix.org. IPE would like to welcome Beatrix into the indoor percussion activity and wishes them good luck this winter!



IPE Vid: Matrix Final Rehearsal Run!
message posted: 12-05-2012 22:12

For the ones who missed the performance of Matrix Indoor Percussion Ensemble at the IPE European Championships, here is their Final Rehearsal Run! Enjoy! (Source: Kevin Stahl - Matrix)




2012 WGI World Champion: RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
message posted: 22-04-2012 22:35

With a score of 97.088 Riverside Community College are the new 2012 WGI World Champions. Second place went to defending Champion Music City Mystique (95.500). Pulse Percussion became third (94.825). Rhythm X captured fourth place (94.125) and IPE guests Matrix took fifth (93.075).

The World Class Finalists brought a new level of skill and entertainment to the indoor percussion activity tonight at the University of Dayton Arena. The fans also spoke, or texted, their opinion and awarded 2009 IPE guests North Coast Academy the "Fans' Favorite." Congratulations to all! All scores can be found on the: WGI Website

Independent Marching World Finals Results:
1 Riverside Community College (Riverside, California) 97.088
2 Music City Mystique (Nashville, Tennessee) 95.500
3 Pulse Percussion (Los Alamitos, California) 94.825
4 Rhythm X (Columbus, Ohio) 94.125
5 Matrix (Akron, Ohio) 93.075
6 NorthCoast Academy (Saginaw, Michigan) 92.038
7 Gateway Indoor (St. Louis, Missouri) 90.038
8 United Percussion (Camden County, New Jersey) 89.325
9 Infinity (Orlando, Florida) 89.262
10 Pulse Percussion Open Ens (Rancho Cucamonga, California) 89.225
11 Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble (Lexington, Kentucky) 84.562
12 Blue Knights (Denver, Colorado) 84.475
13 STRYKE Percussion Ensemble (Palm Beach, Florida) 84.438
14 Eastside Fury Perc (Harrison Twp, Michigan) 83.850
15 Palmetto Percussion (Boiling Springs, South Carolina) 83.250



Almost 400 Championships Pictures in our Media Vault!
message posted: 21-04-2012 13:48

We've posted almost 400 pictures of the IPE European Championships in our Media Vault. Thanks to Francois Deschacht of Corps and Band, all participating units are now online in our: Media Vault. Besides the Championships Pictures, we've also uploaded the IPE Championships Recaps and the judges audio files in the DCE Document Manager.

IMPORTANT! All audio files in the DCE Document Manager will be deleted after May 15th! Please download the files to your computer because they will not be copied to the DCE Document Manager!


RCC takes the lead in WGI World Championships Prelims
message posted: 21-04-2012 11:49

The WGI Percussion World Championships is the premier showcase for indoor percussion ensembles. The event is produced by WGI Sport of the Arts which also produces the WGI Color Guard World Championships one week prior to the percussion event. Last year's WGI Championships drew 11,000 participants over two weekends, including more than 300 color guards and 170 percussion ensembles from 40 states and 4 countries.

The percussion contest features preliminary rounds in eight classes of competition, providing opportunities for units at all levels of expertise, from beginning to advanced. Scholastic units draw members from the same high school. Independent units draw members who are not necessarily affiliated with a particular school. Concert units do not include marching in their programs. Up to 15 units in each division advance to the Finals round, where medals are awarded to the top three finishers.

Independent Marching World Prelims Results:
1 Riverside Community College (Riverside, California) 96.150
2 Music City Mystique (Nashville, Tennessee) 94.975
3 Pulse Percussion (Los Alamitos, California) 94.550
4 Rhythm X (Columbus, Ohio) 94.138
5 NorthCoast Academy (Saginaw, Michigan) 91.275
6 Matrix (Akron, Ohio) 91.062
7 Gateway Indoor (St. Louis, Missouri) 90.187
8 United Percussion (Camden County, New Jersey) 89.575
9 Infinity (Orlando, Florida) 88.400
10 Pulse Percussion Open Ens (Rancho Cucamonga, California) 88.375
11 Eastside Fury Perc (Harrison Twp, Michigan) 85.000
12 Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble (Lexington, Kentucky) 84.438
13 Blue Knights (Denver, Colorado) 84.175
14 Palmetto Percussion (Boiling Springs, South Carolina) 84.075
15 STRYKE Percussion Ensemble (Palm Beach, Florida) 83.825
16 Vanguard (Santa Clara, California) 83.188
17 OC Indoor (Portland, Oregon) 83.050
18 Tyler Junior College (Tyler, Texas) 83.025
19 Imperial Percussion Theater (Austin, Texas) 79.413


I&E Pictures, Recaps and Judges audio files online
message posted: 10-04-2012 22:20

We've posted the first batch of pictures of the IPE European Championships. Thanks to Francois Deschacht of Corps and Band, all I&E Performers are now online in our: Media Vault. Besides the I&E Pictures, we've also uploaded the IPE Championships Recaps and the judges audio files in the DCE Document Manager.

IMPORTANT! All audio files in the DCE Document Manager will be deleted after May 15th! Please download the files to your computer because they will not be copied to the DCE Document Manager!


IPE CHAMPS: The Company, Beverly Drumband, Music Black Show & Auranja Jrs.
message posted: 09-04-2012 10:23

Almost 400 Indoor Percussion fans were able to enjoy top percussion on Sunday April 8th during the fifth edition of the IPE European Championships in Tournai (B). In the "Hall des Sports" IPE showcased the fantastic performances of indoor percussion ensembles in Europe! 9 competing units, 11 high quality I&E performers and three (!) fantastic performances (standstill, a full show and a special audience performance) of the Matrix Indoor Percussion Ensemble. The result: Huge standing ovations from the 400 spectators that had come to Tournai.

2012 IPE European Championships Scores:

Concert Percussion Class: FINALS
1 - 61.00 Music Black Show (FRA)
2 - 47.00 Liberty Drum Corps (UK)

Junior Percussion Class: FINALS
1 - 55.17 Auranja Juniors (FRA)
2 - 31.33 Unik Star Juniors (FRA)

European Marching Percussion Class: FINALS
1 - 74.50 The Beverly Drumband (B)
2 - 28.83 Magic Evolution (FRA)

International Marching Percussion Class: PRELIMS
1 - 78.00 The Company (UK)
2 - 65.67 Unik Star (FRA)
3 - 59.67 GOT Motion (SWE)

International Marching Percussion Class: FINALS
1 - 83.17 The Company (UK)
2 - 67.83 Unik Star (FRA)
3 - 65.83 GOT Motion (SWE)

In a couple of days, all Judges audio files can be found on the: DCE Document Manager
The IPE European Championships Recaps and lots of pictures will be online this week.

IPE would like to thank:

All competing units and volunteers
DrumSpirit for hosting Matrix, Got Motion and the Company
Our special guests: Matrix Indoor Percussion Ensemble
Our Sponsors: Dynasty, Muremo and Corps & Band
Our Partners: WGUK and DCE
Our IPE Judges: Music Effect: Theo van den Elshout (Ned) Visual Ensemble: Mathieu Meulenaere (B) Ensemble Music: Marco Harder (NED)
Special thanks to: Jean Paul Ratajczak, Marc Maerien and Rob Ferguson
Last but certainly not least, the audience for making this percussion event incredible.


IPE I&E CHAMPS: David Lemant and Bernd Coene!
message posted: 09-04-2012 09:54

Over the years IPE presented the I&E Competition during our Kick-Off event. For the first time, IPE held the Individuals & Ensembles competition during the IPE European Championships on Sunday April 8th in Tournai (B).

2012 IPE I&E Scores:

Snare Individual Results
1 - 87.00 David Lemant (Unik Star)
2 - 82.00 Ludovic Sueur (Unik Star)
3 - 78.00 Nicklas Ecklund (GOT Motion)
4 - 62.00 Romain Devocelle (Unik Star)
5 - 54.00 Jesse Merlin (New Event Corps)
6 - 50.00 Giovanni Devriere (Unik Star)

Keyboard Individual Results:
1 - 86.00 Bernd Coene (DrumSpirit)
2 - 85.00 Jordan Murray (The Company)
3 - 79.00 Adam Linden (GOT Motion)
4 - 74.00 Alexander Goransson (GOT Motion)
5 - 58.00 Sibert Beelprez (DrumSpirit)


Extra performances of Matrix during Championships!
message posted: 07-04-2012 14:10

Our special guests from the USA will demonstrate their talents during the day at the IPE European Championships in Tournai this Sunday! After the I&E Competition, Matrix members Tim Brosius (Tenor), Kyle Jennings (Snaredrum) and Jessy Seiff (Snaredrum) will demonstrate their solo's on the field in exhibition.

At the end of the day Matrix will perform with their full indoor percussion ensemble and will present their show 'Wood You' as a Standstill, a Full Run and a special audience performance where the audience can "blend" into the group on the field.

Don't miss it and come to Tournai for the 2012 IPE European Championships!


IPE Office closed till Tuesday April 10th
message posted: 07-04-2012 13:37

The IPE office is packing up for an exciting indoor percussion weekend in Belgium at the 2012 IPE European Championships in Tournai. For urgent matters you can use the phonenumber which is mentioned in the IPE Championships Handbook. Tickets for the 2012 IPE European Championships can be purchased at the door in Tournai (€ 12.00 a piece or a group discount (group > 10 pers) € 10.00 a piece.

Leading up to and during the IPE European Championships we will be 'twittering' the latest news bits on a regular basis. So don't forget to follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/IPEurope. (The messages will be sent in English). IPE wishes good luck to all the competing units this weekend. The office will reopen on Tuesday, April 10 at 8:30 am. See you in Tournai!


IMPORTANT! New (Updated) Timetable for Championships
message posted: 05-04-2012 20:28

Due to some last minute changes/cancellations we've uploaded a new version of the 2012 IPE Championships Timetable. Please use this timetable this Sunday. Visit the Championships Page to download the new version and find all the information you'll need about the European Championships and the Individuals & Ensembles Competition.


Matrix arrived in Europe!
message posted: 01-04-2012 14:37

The members of Matrix Indoor Percussion Ensemble from Ohio (USA) are in Europe. They arrived this last weekend in Brussels - Belgium. Today the rehearsals and preparations for the IPE European Championships will begin.

In the next few days, Matrix will do some city trips to Brussels, Bruges and Paris. But the main focus will be on the European Indoor Percussion Championships in Tournai - Belgium on Sunday april 8th. Tickets for the IPE European Championships will be available at the Hall des Sports in Tournai. (€ 12.00 each or € 10.00 Group discount >10 Persons)





CGN Percussion Champion: Jubal Indoor Percussion (Ned)
message posted: 01-04-2012 11:53

Last night, CGN's Main Event for Color Guard and Indoor Percussion in the Netherlands was held for the eight time in Eindhoven. 46 Color Guards performed in the Indoor Sportcentrum and 10 Indoor Percussion units tried to capture one of the CGN Championship titles.

Indoor Percussion Results:

Marching Open Class
90.80 - Jubal Indoor Percussion (Ned)
88.90 - European X (Ned)
85.00 - Pasveer IP (Ned)
82.60 - Percussion Unlimited (Ned)
81.80 - Unik Star (Fra)

Marching A Class
81.30 (0.00) - Advendo Percussion Ensemble (Ned)
76.70 (0.20) - Showband Sternse Slotlanders (Ned)
67.90 (0.00) - Serenity Indoor Percussion (Ned)

Prep Class Cadets
78.80 - Premier Cadets (Ned)

More information can be found at: CGN


IPE Interview with Rob Ferguson (Director of Matrix)
message posted: 29-03-2012 22:04

The only chance to see Matrix's new show "WOOD YOU" is at the 2012 IPE European Championships! Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble Matrix is our special guest from the United States who will perform on April 8th in Tournai, Belgium. To give you more insight in Matrix, IPE is proud to present an exclusive interview with Matrix Director Rob Ferguson. Click here to read the full Interview!


IPE 2012 European Championships Handbook online
message posted: 20-03-2012 23:22

We've uploaded the 2012 Handbook for the IPE European Championships in Tournai (B) on Sunday April 8th. Please visit the Championships Page to find all the information you'll need about the European Championships and the Individuals & Ensembles Competition.


IPE Championships Week Specials!
message posted: 19-03-2012 21:39

IPE is offering special ticket prices at Championships week! What about a full week entrance ticket for €15.00. With this ticket you recieve full access at the DrumSpirit Clubhouse to watch Matrix Indoor Percussion Ensemble practice in the week before Championships AND you'll get free entrance to the IPE European Championships on Sunday April 8th.

We also offer Group Discount Tickets on Championships Day! (>10 persons = €10 per person) If you're planning to buy IPE Championships tickets for a group of people, whether it's a bus load of supporters or at least 10 persons, be sure to mention that at our ticketbooth and buy your tickets for € 10.00 per person instead of the € 12.00. See you at the IPE European Championships!


14 I&E Performers @ The IPE European Championships!
message posted: 14-03-2012 22:52

Over the years IPE has presented the I&E Competition during our Kick-Off event. For the first time, IPE will hold the Individuals & Ensembles competition during the IPE European Championships on Sunday April 8th in Tournai (B). Besides the Indoor Percussion Championships in the afternoon, 14 performers (5 Marimba's, 8 Snares) and 1 Percussion Ensemble will compete in Europe's Biggest I&E Competition for Percussion! More information and a list of performers can be found here: I&E Competition Page. (Registration Closed)


IPE Scandinavian Percussion Regional great succes!
message posted: 12-03-2012 21:15

The second IPE Percussion Regional was a massive succes! Over 400 spectators witnessed the performances of 5 indoor percussion units from Sweden. In the Lisebergshallen in Göteborg (SWE), IPE presented 2 classifications, the Concert Percussion Class and the International Marching Percussion Class.

Concert Percussion Class Results
With a score of 53.25 Gislaved took first place over Göteborg Drum Corps (50.50). Third place went to Molndal (28.25) and STIX came in fourth with a score of 20.75.

International Marching Class Results
Got Motion was the only competing unit in the International Marching Percussion Class and were placed first with a score of 51.33.

Pictures can be found in our: Media Vault
Recaps and Scores can be found: HERE
IPE would like to thank Göteborg Drumcorps/Got Motion and all volunteers for their hospitality and effort to make this event a hugh succes! Pictures will be online soon.


Dutch units claim WGI European Regional Titles
message posted: 10-03-2012 13:32

With a score of 87.10 Jubal Indoor Percussion (Ned) has won the WGI European Regional Title. In Topsportcentre Almere, the audience was treated on eight fantastic indoor percussion shows. Second place in the Marching Open Class went to Pasveer (Ned). Advendo (Ned) took first place in the Marching Independent A-Class and Premier (Ned) took first at the Concert Independent Open Class. Pictures, Recaps and more information can be found at: CGN

Marching Open Class Finals
87.1 - Jubal (Ned)
82.9 - Pasveer (Ned)
82.0 - Percussion Unlimited (Ned)
77.9 - Unik Star (Fra)
75.9 - European X (Ned)

Independent A-Class Finals
75.8 - Advendo (Ned)

Concert Independent Class Finals
81.1 - Premier (Ned)
77.7 - Harpe Davids (Ned)


IPE French Percussion Regional Results & Pictures online
message posted: 04-03-2012 22:52

- WIMEREUX (FRA) - Unik Star (International Marching Class), The Beverly Drumband (European Marching Class), Music Black Show (Concert Class) and the Auranja Juniors (Junior Marching Class) have won the IPE French Percussion Regional in Wimereux. Over 80 people witnessed the performances of 5 units from Belgium and France. 75 Pictures are uploaded in our: Media Vault The Recaps and Judges audio files will be uploaded this week.

Junior Marching Percussion Class
1 - 50.33 Auranja Juniors (Fra)

Concert Percussion Class
1 - 51.75 Showband Music Black Show (Fra)

European Marching Percussion Class
1 - 73.17 The Beverly Drumband (B)
2 - 25.50 Magic Evolution (Fra)

International Marching Percussion Class
1 - 60.33 Unik Star (Fra)


IPE | WGUK French Regional in Wimereaux
message posted: 01-03-2012 10:17

Finally! Indoor Percussion Europe is starting this weekend! In the Salle Jean-Pierre Butel in Wimereaux (Fra) IPE is starting the European Indoor Percussion Competition at 14:30h. (Unit & Judges Information and the Timetable can be found here) In the morning our UK partner WGUK will organise a Color Guard Contest including 7 color guard units from France and the UK.

A Class
Black Pearls, La Gorgue, France
Mayflower, Billericay, UK
Southern Knights, Brighton & Hove, UK
Xpression, Hellemmes, France

Open Class
Mayflower, Billericay, UK
Southern Knights, Brighton & Hove, UK
The Academy, Thurrock, UK

WGUK (Color Guard) Tickets are € 5.00 (Morning)
IPE (Indoor Percussion) Tickets are € 5.00 (Afternoon)

IPE wishes ALL units good luck this weekend in Wimereaux!


Date of UK Indoor Percussion Championships changed
message posted: 01-03-2012 10:02

Due to the low number of entrants into the Indoor Percussion Europe (IPE)/Winterguard United Kingdom (WGUK) Indoor Percussion event on Sunday 18th March in Burgess Hill, West Sussex it has been decided to cancel the event. The normal WGUK Winterguard contest taking place on the same day will continue as normal with 21 guards in competition.

The WGUK 2012 British Indoor Percussion Championships (which was scheduled to be part of the Burgess Hill event), and will feature two competitive units, will now move forward one week and will take place on Sunday 25th March as part of the Winterguard contest being held at the Pond Forge Arena in Sheffield.


Timetable Scandinavian Percussion Regional online
message posted: 23-02-2012 21:09

The Timetable for the 2012 IPE Scandinavian Percussion Regional in Gothenborg (Swe) on Saturday March 10th is online. 5 indoor percussion units from Sweden will compete in the Concert Class and the International Marching Class. Please visit the IPE Scandinavian Percussion Regional Page to find all the information you'll need.


Timetable French Percussion Regional online
message posted: 19-02-2012 12:02

The Timetable for the 2012 IPE French Percussion Regional in Wimereux (Fra) on Sunday March 4th is online. 6 indoor percussion units will compete in the International Marching Class, the European Marching Class, the Concert Class and the Junior Marching Class. Please visit the IPE French Percussion Regional Page to find all the information you'll need.


JUBAL (Ned) takes the lead in the Netherlands
message posted: 19-02-2012 09:24

With a score of 82.10 Jubal Indoor Percussion made one thing clear, they are in for the Dutch Indoor Percussion title. With their program 'METAL' the audience was treated on a fantastic display of power, rock, and technique. Second place in the Marching Open Class went to Percussion Unlimited (78.3) and third place went to European X (75.4)

Premier took first place in the Percussion Prep Class with a score of 78,60. Second place went to the Sternse Slotlanders (69.2) and third place went to Harpe Davids (67.2) More info and recaps can be found on the CGN Website


First registrations I&E Competition online
message posted: 14-02-2012 16:12

Over the years IPE has presented the I&E Competition during our Kick-Off event. For the first time, IPE will hold the Individuals & Ensembles competition during the IPE European Championships on Sunday April 8th in Tournai (B). Besides the Indoor Percussion Championships in the afternoon, members and ensembles can compete in the European I&E Competition for Percussion.

REGISTRATION
The categories are Individual Percussion (snare drum, multiple tenor drum, percussion keyboard, timpani, multiple percussion) and Ensembles (bass drum ensemble, cymbal ensemble and percussion ensemble). The first participants and more information can be found here: I&E Competition Page. Registration deadline: March 1st 2012.


No Indoor Percussion units at Burgess Hill (UK)
message posted: 07-02-2012 12:16

Due to the low number of entrants into the Indoor Percussion Europe (IPE)/Winterguard United Kingdom (WGUK) Indoor Percussion event on Sunday 18th March in Burgess Hill, West Sussex it has been decided to cancel the event. The normal WGUK Winterguard contest taking place on the same day will continue as normal with 21 guards in competition.

The WGUK 2012 British Indoor Percussion Championships (which was scheduled to be part of the Burgess Hill event) will now move forward one week and will take place on Sunday 25th March as part of the Winterguard contest being held at the Pond Forge Arena in Sheffield.


Unik Star (FRA) announces 2012 production: Prism
message posted: 05-02-2012 09:36

Unik Star Percussion Ensemble from Hellemmes - France has announced their 2012 production 'Prism'. The musical programme has been composed by Tony Nunez and Kevin Shah (working at the Arcadia High School and South Hill High School in the US).

The visual designer of this new show is Benoit Sueur. The group made great progression over the last months with the help of several French and British instructors. Unik Star will use new drumline instruments from Dynasty for this new winter season 2012. The show is entitled 'Prism'. In optics, a prism is a transparent optical element with flat, polished surfaces that refract light. A triangular prism, dispersing light; waves shown to illustrate the differing wavelengths of light.

The show theme can be used in different ways. Prisms can be used to reflect light, or to split light into components with different polarizations. But a prism can be also used to break light up into its constituent spectral colours.


DrumSpirit presents their Theatre Show 2012
message posted: 25-01-2012 20:36

- DADIZELE - The percussion ensemble from Dadizele is celebrating its 30 year's anniversary with a great musical theater show. This show is the apotheose of a great year of celebration activities. On this occassion DrumSpirit's home base facilities will completely be transformed into a theater hall.

This is not the debute of DrumSpirit in theater. In 2006, more than 1000 spectators came to enjoy their production 'Seasense, Four Seasons in One Day'. The show also formed the basis of their 'Illuminations, Reflections of the Earth' indoor show that was awarded with several European titles.

Even more extreme?
The last years have been very fruitfull to invest in quality products and 'breed' quality people. As a result this year's 'Theater show' could be completely designed and composed in-house: DrumSpirit's know how is ready to be exposed in a 'tsunami' spectacle of sound and light.

For this showcase DrumSpirit has been looking across het borders of 'classical' percussion and music design and nothing will be as you expect. Percussion is the core of this production but be prepared for strongly flavored and colored spirits...something not to miss!

Three performances are planned and tickets are available from today on. Seats € 12.50 in advance, € 15.00 at the door. Don't wait, tickets sell like hot cakes!

DrumSpirit theater SHOW 2012
24, 25 & 26 february
Polyloods 'Oltereeke' Dadizele (B)
tickets orders: www.drumspirit.be
Ticket Office: eveline@drumspirit.be - Tel:+32 (0)478 59 33 64
General info: info@drumspirit.be - Tel:+32 (0)499 33 19 18


IPE Regionals & Championships Registration closed
message posted: 01-01-2012 16:20

Online registration for the IPE Regionals and the IPE European Championships is now officially closed. IPE is very proud to present 29 performances over 4 competition events including 12 units at the IPE European Championships in Tournai, Belgium! Indoor Percussion units from England, Sweden, Belgium, France and the United States of America will compete in Europe to win one of the IPE European Indoor Percussion Titles.

New in 2012! IPE is presenting three Junior Indoor Percussion Units at the IPE European Championships. Auranja Juniors, Uniks Star Juniors (FRA) and The Senators Juniors (UK) are performing for the very first time on a European Indoor Percussion Circuit. It's all about the kids this winter!!!


Happy New Year!
message posted: 01-01-2012 16:13

To all our Fans, Friends, Partners, Volunteers, Members and Educators. Thank you for making 2011 a fantastic year, we are looking forward to make 2012 even better! Merry X-Mas and a Happy New Year! Froehliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr! Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année! Prettige Kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! From all of us at Indoor Percussion Europe.


IPE presents the European I&E Competition during Championships
message posted: 13-12-2011 09:35

Over the years IPE has presented the I&E Competition during our Kick-Off event. For the first time, IPE will hold the Individuals & Ensembles competition during the IPE European Championships on Sunday April 8th in Tournai (B). Besides the Indoor Percussion Championships in the afternoon, members and ensembles can compete in the European I&E Competition for Percussion.

The categories are Individual Percussion (snare drum, multiple tenor drum, percussion keyboard, timpani, multiple percussion) and Ensembles (bass drum ensemble, cymbal ensemble and percussion ensemble). More information can be found here: I&E Competition Page.


DrumSpirit (B) brings Americans in
message posted: 06-12-2011 09:10

- DADIZELE - Last month DrumSpirit percussion ensemble won to the Belgian title 2011 during the 'VLAMO showwedstrijden 2011' in Lommel, Limburg (B). The percussionists of Dadizele not only succeeded to perform their show, they also were the variety of food that day. With their program, they got audience and jury in an elated mood, nicely warmed up to absorb their Sirocco show.

After the somewhat abstract production "Hypnotia" last year, the new concept of Sirocco this season strikes like a bomb! Never before has a show so well received by players, audience and organizers. The Arabic-tinged product is a first-home-made package and brings the intriguing sounds and rhythms of a great fascinating Middle Eastern culture.

Even after 30 years, DrumSpirit is getting points for the hard work on their musical skills. Following the successful American adventure with the World Championships in 2010 and their European earnings in recent years, the percussionists are not at the end of their tether. The drive is always getting new challenges and greater values ​​for the group. Apart from the busy everyday life, DS members are always ready for the bonus, which makes the group so eccentric!

The mission accomplished and the successful closer to the season in Lommel not only resulted in an enthusiastic public response, but also brought an influx of interested players. The cultivated image of DrumSpirit is apparently more than ever a hype! Recent weeks, even two Americans -Kelsey Lysford from Minnesota and Adam Smith from North Carolina- signed up for the DS challenge! Both are currently living in Belgium by exchange or temporary employment and were looking for an extension of their musical activities in percussion bands in the States. Soon they found the way to the brand for percussion in Dadizele.

DrumSpirit is already familiar with cross-border cooperation. Since 2001 some northern French members are part of the group and overseas contacts with the United States and Africa the last 5 years have grown to receive American percussion groups, partnerships with major percussion brands, the U.S. Tour and the annual outputting talents / instruction to American Drum Corps and South African Field Bands. This know-how and multicultural values ​​makes DrumSpirit very accessible to international guests.

Together with the other die-hards from DrumSpirit, Kelsey and Adam will be seen at the Theatre SHOW at 24, 25 & 26 February 2012 in Dadizele. Ticketsale: www.drumspirit.be (+32 478 59 33 64)


French Percussion Regional Venue announced
message posted: 01-12-2011 20:56

It took some time but we are pleased to inform you the venue of the French Percussion Regional. The Salle Jean-Pierre Butel in Wimereaux (Fra) will be the place to be on Sunday March 4th 2012. Full details of each event will be posted on this website in the Event Info section as the season approaches. Registration for all Regionals and Championships is still open till January 1st 2012.


IPE registration deadline extended
message posted: 14-11-2011 20:09

The deadline to register for IPE 2012 has been extended from November 15th 2011 to January 1st 2012. One of the reasons to extend the registration date is that the venue for the French Regional is still not confirmed. Another reason is that IPE wants to synchronise the closing date with WGUK because of the English indoor percussion units.

Indoor Percussion units will be able to register for four events till January 1st 2012. (Registration is free except for the UK Regional, in Burgess Hill there is a WGUK fee) IPE is very proud to present a full calendar with 4 events in France, Sweden, Belgium and England. The list of participating units will be published on our website as soon as the first units have registered and the deposit is recieved by IPE. IPE uses a Online Registrationform. (Download the 2012 IPE Policies and Participant Handbook for more registration information) The IPE management team hopes that the 2012 events will create a fantastic indoor percussion season throughout Europe.

More information about the IPE Regionals, the IPE European Championships and the registration procedure can be found: HERE


New Dutch indoor drumline being set up
message posted: 30-10-2011 09:24

The Netherlands will soon have a new indoor drum line. The new group is an initiative by Confetti, Winterguard Pure from Goes and Juliana Drum & Bugle Corps from Middelburg. The first successful meeting was held last week.
In total, 30 interested people attended the meeting at the clubhouse shared by Confetti and Pure from Goes. Of these people, 18 have already signed up.

The music, staff and organisation are already arranged, but they are still looking for at least one snare, one bass drum, two tenors and four pit to complete the percussion unit. When the open spots are filled, they've achieved the minimum amount of members and the group will participate in both CGN Contests in the Netherlands and IPE Percussion Regionals in Europe. On Tuesday 1st November, an open rehearsal will be held at Juliana’s corps home in Middelburg.


Unik Star Juniors enter the IPE Junior Class Competition
message posted: 29-10-2011 09:19

The first competitor in the Junior Class has registered! The Unik Star Juniors from Hellemmes (FRA) will enter the Junior Class Competition of Indoor Percussion Europe in 2012. It will also be the first competition performance for the Unik Star Juniors since they were founded three years ago in 2008.

The ambitious staff of Unik Star Juniors has worked hard to prepare the members for the competition. The show is entitled 'Brothers & Sisters' and includes music of 'Little Sister' (LOL) and 'Hey Soul Sister' (Train). Music designers and instructors are Benjamin Vandemoortele, Georges Lecomte, Ludovic Sueur and Benoit Sueur. The Unik Star Juniors will enter the Junior Concert Class at the IPE European Championships 2012 in Belgium on Sunday April 8th.


New musical design team for Vintage Percussion (UK)
message posted: 24-10-2011 08:59

Vintage Percussion is both proud and honoured to announce the appointment of both Chris Sakowski & Chad Schaedler as the new musical design team for Vintage Percussion 2012. Chris & Chad commented “We are really looking forward to working with Vintage this year and in the future.” Adrian Jones director of Vintage also commented “We are very excited to be working with them and can’t wait to see what this partnership brings to our organisation.”

They will be working alongside the returning members of the Vintage design team who are, Joe Rodwell - UK musical consultant, John Barclay - Visual design and Emma Eddy – Movement design. Vintage would also like to say a massive thank you to Carl Curtis & Joe Rodwell who have written for us continually over the past few years with some great concepts & shows, during this time Vintage have also managed to gain 3 WGUK titles, 1 CGN title & 1 IPE title.

Carl is now standing down as battery writer, however Joe will continue to work with the new design team to bring a different dimension to Vintage’s coming years. If anyone would like any further information on Vintage Percussion then please contact Adrian Jones on 07966788023. You can also follow Vintage Percussion at their Facebook Page to keep up with all the latest news and information as soon as it happens.


The Company announces winter drumline 2012
message posted: 15-10-2011 13:47

The Company's 2012 venture into indoor percussion will see the European champions perform a show entitled 'Drop'. "Sit back, don’t lean over the edge as we musically and visually change aspects in a downward direction, watch us descend from one level to another - we are prepared to go to a new low for this."

Craig Sherratt of The Company says: "When sometimes looking for the perfect conceptor theme we can find ourselves trying to find a story when a simple word will give us a good tale to tell. We are going to try to use visual images and musical motifs to represent all things associated and attached to 'Drop'. I'm excited to be again working with Andrew Markworth and Mark Pickles to bring to the floor this production."

"The 2012 Ensemble will perform at the top level of the European activity and it's my goal that we compete against ourselves from day one to be a better group every time we meet", Sherratt continues. "We will work hard but we will also have fun and as long as everyone takes care of business this winter will be a great experience and also a fantastic building block towards the 2012 summer ensemble."


World Class indoor percussion unit Matrix (USA) is returning to IPE again!
message posted: 14-10-2011 09:54

Indoor Percussion Europe and Dynasty percussion are pleased to announce that the Matrix Indoor percussion Ensemble will be traveling to Europe in 2012. The Matrix ensemble, under the direction of Rob Ferguson, has been in existence for 12 years and continues to be a highly competitive group in the WGI circuit. “Rob Ferguson and Matrix have been an amazing supporter of Dynasty and we are thrilled to give the members and staff this opportunity to travel abroad for the second time “ said Mark Reynolds , VP of Sales and Marketing for Dynasty. Rob Ferguson stated , “We are unbelievably honored to have the opportunity to travel to Europe for a second time in 2012. The experience we had in 2008 was truly amazing and we are looking forward to returning again in 2012. We are excited to be able to perform once again at the IPE Championships as well as to provide this ensemble with a once in a lifetime experience. Thanks so much to Dynasty and Muremo for making this trip possible."

Matrix will travel to Europe to present a clinic and an exhibition performance on April 8th , 2012 at the Indoor Percussion European Championships. Dynasty would like to thank Jean Paul Ratajczak of Muremo music for helping make this trip a reality.


Matrix @ WGI


IPE Registration begins....
message posted: 30-09-2011 10:12

The registration period for the IPE Indoor Percussion 2012 Events has begun. Indoor Percussion units will be able to register for four events till November 15th. (Registration is free except for the UK Regional, in Burgess Hill there is a WGUK fee) IPE is very proud to present a full calendar with 4 events in French, Sweden, Belgium and England. The list of participating units will be published on our website as soon as the first units have registered and the deposit is recieved by IPE. IPE uses a online registrationform for registration on their website. (Download the 2012 IPE Policies and Participant Handbook for more registration information) The IPE management team hopes that the 2012 events will create a fantastic indoor percussion season throughout Europe.

More information about the IPE Regionals, the IPE European Championships and the registration procedure can be found: HERE


IPE introduces Junior Classes
message posted: 27-09-2011 09:26

In order to widen the range of classes within the indoor percussion activity in Europe, Indoor Percussion Europe has announced two new percussion classes in 2012. The new classes are the Junior Concert Percussion Class and the Junior Marching Percussion Class.

In the Junior Concert Class Instrumentation must be oriented to the performance of concert percussion. Movement will be permitted in order to allow performers to change equipment or to allow for better presentation of musical performance only. The total performance time will be no more than 8 minutes (no minimum time). Because this class is not a marching /visual class, credit will be given for musical elements only.

The Junior Marching Percussion Class is focusing on Junior Percussion ensembles who want to compete with a full show. The total performance time will be the same as in the Junior Concert Percussion Class. Here is where the beginning European marching ensembles explores new challenges through performance and realizes a greater sense of achievement as each more complex skill is learned. In both Junior Classes the age limit is 16.

"With the expansion of these new Junior Classes, IPE is aiming for the junior percussion ensembles and junior show corps / drum corps who want to have a competitive challenge during the winter", says Erwin van Gemert of Indoor Percussion Europe. "With no minimum performing time this could be very interesting for kids to perform in the European indoor percussion activity". Registration for the 2012 season will start on October 1st.


THE COMPANY (UK) wins 2nd European title in one year!
message posted: 26-09-2011 08:35

After winning the 2011 IPE Concert Class in April at IPE, The Company from Barnsley are also the new European Drum Corps Champions in the DCE Premier Class. With a score of 87.45, the corps not only took the title, but also won most captions. So the title will remain in Britain. Last night, the Finals proved to be an unrivalled drum corps competition with incredible shows, perfect weather and a packed stand.

Prior to the DCE European Championships, many wondered whether the title would remain in Britain this year. This did turn out to be the case. The Brits dominate the top of the Premier Class. The Kidsgrove Scouts came second with 85.20 points. Juliana came third (83.35).

In the Prelims, Jubal from Dordrecht was beaten by Beatrix from Hilversum, but in Finals Jubal managed to finsh in fourth place (82.05), making Beatrix drop by one place compared to the Prelims (81.75). The Black Knights came sixth (81.30). The Starriders gave a strong performance which earned them seventh place (74.95). The 6th from Brighton came eighth (71.75) and Millennium from Verdello placed ninth (71.20). It was the first time that two Italian corps placed for the Finals, because both Millenium and Besana (68.35) made it through to the Finals. Five corps didn't make it through to the evening performances: Poynton Commodores (65.80), Staffordshire Knights (60.65), Con Spirito (60.15), Marum (56.60) and Mosson (54.55).

Premier Class Finals
1. The Company (87.45)
2. Kidsgrove Scouts (85.20)
3. Juliana (83.35)
4. Jubal (82.05)
5. Beatrix (81.75)
6. Black Knights (81.30)
7. Starriders (74.95)
8. The 6th (71.75)
9. Millennium (71.20)
10. Besana (68.35)

Premier Class Prelims
1. The Company (84.75)
2. Kidsgrove Scouts (83.20)
3. Juliana (81.05)
4. Beatrix (79.75)
5. Jubal (79.50)
6. Black Knights (78.85)
7. Starriders (71.85)
8. Millennium (71.20)
9. The 6th (71.15)
10. Besana (66.25)
11. Poynton Commodores (65.80)
12. Staffordshire Knights (60.65)
13. Con Spirito (60.15)
14. Marum (56.60)
15. Mosson (54.55)


JUBAL Indoor Percussion (NL) presents METAL in 2012
message posted: 17-09-2011 13:53

After one year of absence, JUBAL Indoor Percussion is returning on the floor with a new show entitled 'Metal'. The last couple of months Jubal's designteam (Robby Overvliet, Ruben Lourens, Paul Versteeg and Frank Vernes) has worked very hard to develop a show where everything is about Metal. Excerpts from the movies 'The Dark Knight', 'Tron' and 'Synesthesia' of Bethurum are used in their 2012 production.

Arrangments are written by Ruben Lourens and Frank Vernes, drilldesign is written by Robby Overvliet and the Front Ensemble arrangments are written by Justin Coughlin. (Staffmember of Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and Rhythm X). The upcomming weeks Coughlin is teaching Jubal to get ready for the Drum Corps Europe Championships and to prepare the staff for the winterseason. More information can be found on the: JUBAL Website




IPE 2012 Event Schedule is online
message posted: 13-09-2011 22:08

The dates for the 2012 IPE Indoor Percussion competition are online. IPE will present 4 Percussion Regionals throughout Europe. First Regional will be in France on March 4th. Then IPE is proud to present the first Scandinavian Percussion Regional in Sweden on March 10th. The British Percussion Regional will be on March 18th and the IPE European Championships will be held on Sunday April 8th in Belgium. (Places/Venues will be announced soon) Registration for the 2012 indoor percussion season is scheduled to commence on 1st October 2011. All applications and forms are solely on-line.


European X joins the Pearl Family in 2011
message posted: 10-09-2011 12:46

Indoor Percussion Ensemble European X and percussion manufacturer Pearl Music Europe (Netherlands) have formalized a partnership, further establishing both parties place at the forefront of the International Indoor Percussion stage.

Erik de Vries, Founder and Executive director of European X said, “Pearl Music Europe offers European X the best sound that the business delivers. Further, we find that Pearl is the absolute number one in the innovation of hardware. This will help us a lot in challenging our members and program.” In addition, Michel ten Brummelhuis, Board member and co-Founder said, “European X brings musicians together who are striving for perfection. European X is always seeking to produce the highest quality educational and performance experience in the field of indoor percussion. The partnership with Pearl allows us to incorporate all aspects of marching drums and percussion. This wide palette of sound gives us huge possibilities to max out our program.”

European X is very happy to work with the best quality of drums there is. Patrick Dam, ensemble director of European X, has spent a large amount of time working with the Pearl family. He said, “I have always had a very positive experience in working with Pearl products. I am very excited about our partnership.” European X would like to thank Pearl Music Europe for their trust and support. A special thanks goes to Dan Twiford, Pearl Corporation Marching Percussion Marketing Manager and Jeroen Breider, Pearl Europe Branding Manager, for their assistance in facilitating this partnership.

Craig Dunn, co-founder, board member, and designer for European X adds, “When we started European X, it was with the intention to offer Europe one of the best indoor eXperiences possible. To provide the best eXperience, we needed the best product- and that is why we chose Pearl/Adams. Watch out European X fans and audiences we are bringing the high quality sound of Pearl/Adams to the performance venue near you!

European X will have two open rehearsals before the 2011-2012 season starts. The first one is Sunday, September 11th, located at Vegelinsweg 6a in Joure, from 10am to 5pm (registration beginning at 9:30am). The second open rehearsal will be held Sunday, October 2nd, from 10am-5pm with the location being posted soon on the European X website.

For more information about European X and its season itinerary, visit http://www.europeanx.org.
For more information about Pearl Drums and Percussion, visit http://www.pearldrum.com

Pearl Music Europe is a division of Pearl Musical Instruments, a world-wide leading manufacturer of drums, percussion instruments and flutes. Pearl Music Europe is based in the Netherlands.


Majestic and Percussion Unlimited present: Passion 4 Drums
message posted: 26-08-2011 19:50

Percussion Unlimited and Majestic Percussion are working close together to present a percussion clinic (free of charge) entitled 'Passion 4 Drums' on Saturday October 22nd. PU and Majestic are inviting all musicians to explore the world of Rudimental Drumming on Snaredrum, Tenor, Bassdrum, Cymbals and Front Ensemble instruments. The clinic will start at 11am and will take place in the rehearsal facility of the Wilhelmus Muziekkorpsen in Sliedrecht (Ned). More information can be found on: the PU website


Four members of Unik Star (Fra) join Black Knights (UK)
message posted: 20-08-2011 09:49

Four French musicians and guard members have joined the UK based Black Knights Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2011 season. Melanie Leleu is part of the the color guard section, and Jerome Capoen joined the front ensemble since the beginning of the season.

David Lemant marches in the snare line, while Ludovic Sueur is part of the tenor line. These members will remain active members of the French Unik Star, as Unik Star is a winter drumline, while The Black Knights focus on the summer season. The Black Knights compete in the DCUK and DCE competition. Next month, the French members will perform at the DCUK British Drum Corps Championships and the DCE European Championships. Source: DCE Website


Thomas Claesen (B) wins High Drums Trophee at DCI World Championships
message posted: 15-08-2011 22:25

Belgian drummer Thomas Claesen (DrumSpirit Staffmember) has won the Fred Sanford High Drums Trophee last weekend at the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis. Thomas marched in the tenorline of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from Rosemont Illinois who performed their 2011 show "ExtraordinarY". Not only did he won the High Drums Trophee, the Cavaliers took third place with a overall score of 96.850. (The Blue Devils took 2nd place (97.800) and the Cadets won the world championships title with a score of 98.350)

After three years of marching in DCI on tenor (2008 and 2009 The Academy and 2010 Santa Clara Vanguard) Thomas hit the jackpot in his age-out year. IPE would like to congratulate Thomas with his outstanding performance and wishes him good luck this winter with DrumSpirit Percussion Ensemble.


Thomas Claesen performing with the Cavaliers @ DCI


New rehearsal facility for Percussion Unlimited (Ned)
message posted: 20-07-2011 12:57

After a long search Dutch Indoor Percussion unit Percussion Unlimited (PU) have found a new rehearsal facility. The new rehearsal site is not in Loon op Zand anymore but in Sliedrecht. PU is now rehearsing in the clubhouse of the Wilhelmina Muziekkorpsen.

Due circumstances, PU had to search for a new rehearsal site after using the old facility for ten years. Percussion Unlimited has already started their new show for 2012 and is still looking for new members. (Drummer, pianist and a marimba player) More information can be found on the PU Website


Aimachi Marching Band (Jap) attends Basel Tattoo
message posted: 07-07-2011 12:49

The Aimachi Marching Band is attending the Basel Tattoo next week in Basel Switzerland. Unique in Switzerland and one of the largest and most successful open air tattoos worldwide, the Basel Tattoo 2011 will take place for the sixth time from 16 to 23 July 2011.

Aimachi is a Tenrikyo church based in Nagoya, Japan. Outside of Japan, Aimachi is most known for its marching music and color guard ensembles. A selection from their 130 member marching band compete internationally as an indoor percussion ensembles, indoor marching ensembles, Baton twirling, and Winter guards. The group rehearses outside of Nagoya in Handa City.

The percussion ensemble performed in the 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2008 WGI Independent World Championships receiving the bronze medal in their last two appearances. Since 1990, Americans on Aimachi's instructional and design staff have included Gordon Henderson (Band Director), Mitch Rogers, Michael Gaines, Jim Campbell, Tim Fairbanks, Erik Johnson, Scott Kretzer, Brett Kuhn, Jim Moore, Marty Rhees, Dean Westman and William Plenk.


Socialise with IPE
message posted: 29-06-2011 13:33

Social Media does not seem to be slowing down. There is always a new friend to find, an event to attend, and something or someone to learn about! Make sure you've got IPE on your list!

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2011 WGI Advisory Board Results released.
message posted: 04-06-2011 10:31

WGI instructors and designers met the end of May to consider numerous proposals submitted for consideration by the Color Guard and Percussion Advisory Boards. Representatives gathered in Las Vegas were treated to a welcome reception on Friday evening as well as a presentation by President Ed Devlin, VP of Color Guard Charles Gumbert and VP of Percussion Caleb Rothe about how the various boards and committees work in the organizational structure of WGI. Each advisory board then met separately to discuss various topics such as adjudication, contest policies, and rules as well as have philosophical discussion on the future of the indoor activity.

Also on the agenda were elections to the WGI Board of Directors for a two-year term. The board of directors govern the entire WGI organization with representation from both the Color Guard and Percussion divisions as well as three at-large directors. Color guard representatives elected to board of directors were Dean Broadbent (Flanagan HS), Ed Devlin (Blessed Sacrament), Rob Jett (Fantasia), Ruth Ann Medworth (Northview HS) and Jeff Wroblewski (Warren Central HS) while Don Click (Music City Mystique) and Mike Jackson (Mission Viejo HS) were elected from the Percussion division.

Steering Committee representatives were also chosen for the 2012 season. Ike Jackson, Tim Fairbanks and Sean Vega will serve on the Percussion Steering Committee while Carol Abohatab and Michael Gaines will serve on the Color Guard Steering Committee.

See the Percussion Advisory Board Results HERE


Performer’s Perspective: Aging Out in WGI
message posted: 24-05-2011 14:45

Every performing member knows the feeling of going on the floor and performing every second of their show, but for some members it is their last chance to show the world their passion. Being an age out is one of the hardest parts of the indoor activity in the States, but definitely has a silver lining. Maarten Deschacht (B) from NorthCoast Academy finished his journey of being a performer during the 2011 WGI season.

Maarten Deschacht with NorthCoast Academy is originally from Belgium, and also is an age out performer this season. Special duties are a special experience for performers who are about to age out. “My special duty as an age out is trying to set the example to a whole new generation of performers, on and off the floor,” Deschacht said. Beyond the special duties come hardships in the last year of performing. “The hardest part about being an age out is the fact that I’ll never be able to do this again. I’ve been working so hard for all of this to become merely a memory, but it has offered me so many new values and opportunities.” Deschacht offers some advice for upcoming age out performers. “Go after your dreams. If you really want to achieve something, nothing but yourself can hold you back.” Source: wgi.org


Percussion Unlimited (Ned) postpones trip to WGI in 2012
message posted: 17-05-2011 11:53

Dutch Indoor Percussion unit Percussion Unlimited has postponed an overseas trip to the WGI World Championships in Dayton next year. Because Percussion Unlimited had to set new priorities after loosing their rehearsal facility the group decided to put the WGI plans on hold. More information can be found on: the PU website


Maarten Deschacht: Final NCA Blog online
message posted: 17-05-2011 11:16

Because WGI Finals are over, this will be the last blog of Maarten Deschacht at NorthCoast Academy. In his last blog Maarten writes about the WGI World Championships and how he experiences his last weeks with NCA. IPE wants to thank Maarten for all his effort in 8 very entertaining Blogs and wishes him good luck with DrumSpirit in the near future. Thanks Maarten for giving us all the insights in NorthCoast Academy and the indoor percussion activity in the US! Go directly to Maarten's BLOG PAGE and read his experiences in the USA. (Dutch language)


2011 WGI Advisory Board Proposals Now Online
message posted: 14-05-2011 10:42

The 2011 WGI Percussion Advisory Board Meeting will be held beginning on Friday, May 20 at 7:00 pm in Las Vegas, Nevada. Proposals from groups competing in WGI come before these two bodies that govern winter guard and indoor percussion. Any proposal passed will then be forwarded to the Board of Directors for final approval at their meeting July 8-9.

The Percussion Advisory Board is comprised of the Independent and Scholastic World finalists plus the top three percussion ensembles in each of the other classes. To see the proposals for the Percussion Advisory Board, click here

Look for results to be posted on WGI.org as soon as they are available.


David Dewyn: Final RhythmX Blog #9 + Video online
message posted: 26-04-2011 20:44

Because WGI Finals were one week ago, this will be the last blog of David Dewyn at RhythmX. In his last blog David writes about the WGI World Championships and how he experiences his last week with RhythmX. We've also added a YouTube Video with the RhythmX Bassline rehearsal before their Final Performance in Dayton. IPE wants to thank David for all his effort in 9 very entertaining Blogs and wishes him good luck with DrumSpirit in the near future. Thanks David for giving us all the insights in RhythmX and the indoor percussion activity in the US! Go directly to David's BLOG PAGE and read his experiences in the USA. (Dutch language)


2011 WGI World Champion: MUSIC CITY MYSTIQUE
message posted: 17-04-2011 10:31

With a score of 97.050 Music City Mystique are the new WGI World Champions. Second place went to Riverside Community College (95.525) and the defending champion Pulse Percussion became third (94.525). David Dewyn captured fourth place with Rhythm X (94.225) and Maarten Deschacht took fifth with North Coast Academy (93.938).

The World Class Finalists brought a new level of skill and entertainment to the indoor percussion activity tonight at the University of Dayton Arena. The fans also spoke, or texted, their opinion and awarded Blue Knights the "Fans' Favorite." Congratulations to all! All scores can be found on the: WGI Website

Independent Marching World
1 Music City Mystique (Nashville, Tennessee) 97.050
2 Riverside Community College (Riverside, California) 95.525
3 Pulse Percussion (Rosemead, California) 94.525
4 Rhythm X (Columbus, Ohio) 94.225
5 NorthCoast Academy (Saginaw, Michigan) 93.938
6 Blue Knights (Denver, Colorado) 92.025
7 United Percussion (Camden County, New Jersey) 90.763
8 Matrix (Akron, Ohio) 90.188
9 Redline (Canton, Michigan) 89.375
10 Infinity (Orlando, Florida) 87.013
11 Tyler Junior College (Tyler, Texas) 86.963
12 Gateway Indoor (St. Louis, Missouri) 84.350
13 Palmetto Percussion (Columbia, South Carolina) 83.600
14 Eastside Fury Perc (Harrison Twp, Michigan) 83.375
15 OC Indoor (Portland, Oregon) 82.300
16 The Creek (Orange County, Florida) 81.550


What is WGI?
message posted: 16-04-2011 10:39

This weekend WGI (Winter Guard International) is presenting the 2011 WGI Percussion World Championships in Dayton, Ohio (USA). But what is WGI?

WGI Sport of the Arts is the world's premier organization producing indoor color guard and percussion ensemble competitions. As a non-profit youth organization, WGI serves as the leading governing body of the winter guard and indoor percussion activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. Now entering its 34th year, the sport continues to evolve and grow. There were over 11,000 participants at the Sport of the Arts World Championships last year. Check out the Best of WGI 2010 and see what American Indoor Percussion Ensembles are bringing on the floor!




MCM takes first place in WGI Independent Marching World Prelims
message posted: 16-04-2011 10:24

To give you an idea what is going on in the WGI Independent Marching World Class, IPE is keeping up with the latest scores. Today are the 2011 WGI Percussion Finals in Dayton, Ohio. Good luck to all of the participants in Finals competition. Here are the Prelims Results.

Independent Marching World
1 Music City Mystique (Nashville, Tennessee) 95.288
2 Riverside Community College (Riverside, California) 94.688
3 Pulse Percussion (Rosemead, California) 94.175
4 Rhythm X (Columbus, Ohio) 94.013
5 NorthCoast Academy (Saginaw, Michigan) 91.800
6 Blue Knights (Denver, Colorado) 89.463
7 United Percussion (Camden County, New Jersey) 88.713
8 Redline (Canton, Michigan) 88.088
9 Matrix (Akron, Ohio) 87.488
10 Infinity (Orlando, Florida) 85.775
11 Tyler Junior College (Tyler, Texas) 85.100
12 Gateway Indoor (St. Louis, Missouri) 84.700
13 Palmetto Percussion (Columbia, South Carolina) 83.913
14 The Creek (Orange County, Florida) 82.538
15 Eastside Fury Perc (Harrison Twp, Michigan) 81.750
15 OC Indoor (Portland, Oregon) 81.750
17 Evolution (Lindenhurst, Illinois) 80.313
18 Terminus Atlanta Percussion (Atlanta, Georgia) 79.250
19 Freedom Percussion (Ofallon, Illinois) 76.350


Maarten Deschacht: NCA Blog #7 online
message posted: 08-04-2011 21:10

NCA Blog #7 is online. This time Maarten writes about his experiences at the Troy Indoor Percussion Show and the State Finals in Michigan. Go directly to Maarten's BLOG PAGE and read his experiences in the USA. (Dutch language)


David Dewyn: RhythmX Blog #8 online
message posted: 07-04-2011 09:22

David's RhythmX Blog #8 is online. This time David writes about the MEPA Championships and how he experiences his last weeks with RhythmX. Go directly to David's BLOG PAGE and read his experiences in the USA. (Dutch language)


Pulse Percussion takes first in our WGI Ranking
message posted: 04-04-2011 21:40

To give you an idea what is going on in the WGI Independent Marching World Class, IPE is keeping up with the latest scores. After every event we will publish a list with all the units and their highest score so far.

WGI Independent Marching World Class Ranking: April 7th
94.250 Pulse Percussion (Rosemead, California)
94.150 Riverside Community College (Riverside, California)
94.075 Music City Mystique (Nashville, Tennessee)
93.150 Rhythm X (Columbus, Ohio)
89.900 United Percussion (Camden County, New Jersey)
88.800 Blue Knights (Denver, Colorado)
86.525 Tyler Junior College (Tyler, Texas)
85.450 Gateway Indoor (St. Louis, Missouri)
84.950 Palmetto Percussion (Columbia, South Carolina)
84.850 Infinity (Orlando, Florida)
83.225 Terminus Atlanta Percussion (Atlanta, Georgia)
82.750 Matrix (Akron, Ohio)
82.150 Redline (Canton, Michigan)
80.900 NorthCoast Academy (Saginaw, Michigan)
80.650 Eastside Fury Perc (Harrison Twp, Michigan)
80.150 Evolution (Lindenhurst, Illinois)
77.238 Freedom Percussion (Ofallon, Illinois)
76.300 The Creek (Orange County, Florida)


UNT documentary about trip to Europe and IPE Championships
message posted: 03-04-2011 12:50

Thanks to Mr. Mark Reynolds, IPE's sponsor Dynasty has uploaded a small documentary about the expierences and performances of the University of Texas during their trip to Europe. It also includes showexcerpts of their Indoor Percussion Show "Metamorphoses" at the IPE European Championships in Tournai. Enjoy!




Clean sweep for the Senators (UK) after winning WGUK Indoor Percussion title
message posted: 02-04-2011 11:39

IPE European Champion the Senators from Eastleigh are the 2011 WGUK British Indoor Percussion Champion!. In the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre 34 color guard units and 4 indoor percussion units performed in Sheffield (UK) to capture one of the British Championships titles.

In the Indoor Percussion competition three units were in competition; IPE European Champion the Senators (88.17) won their fourth consecutive win after winning the IPE Belgian Regional, the IPE UK Regional and the IPE European Championships title. Vintage Percussion (76.33) took second place and Nexus (56.83) took third. IPE Concert Class Champion The Company performed in exhibition.

WGUK Championship Results:
1 - 88.17 The Senators
2 - 76.33 Vintage
3 - 56.83 Nexus

More information can be found on: www.wguk.org.uk


Belgian TV-Channel Notélé at the IPE European Championships
message posted: 31-03-2011 16:38

Belgian Television channel Notélé visited the IPE European Championships on Saturday March 19th in Tournai (B) and interviewed members from Percussion Unlimited, GOT Motion, Percussions de Tournai and DNG about Europe's Biggest Indoor Percussion Event and their favourite activity. Check out the video here: (French language)




David Dewyn: RhythmX Blog #7 + Show Video online
message posted: 28-03-2011 21:32

David's RhythmX Blog #7 is online. This time David writes about his trip to Tennessee and the Regionals/Contests with RhythmX. We've also added a video with the 2011 RhythmX Show. Check it out! Go directly to David's BLOG PAGE and read his experiences in the USA. (Dutch language)


WGI Independent Marching World Class - Ranking & Scores
message posted: 27-03-2011 21:05

To give you an idea what is going on in the WGI Independent Marching World Class, IPE is keeping up with the latest scores. After every event we will publish a list with all the units and their highest score so far.

WGI Independent Marching World Class Ranking: March 27th
92.000 Music City Mystique (Nashville, Tennessee)
91.975 Riverside Community College (Riverside, California)
91.900 Pulse Percussion (Rosemead, California)
89.900 United Percussion (Camden County, New Jersey)
89.650 Rhythm X (Columbus, Ohio)
88.800 Blue Knights (Denver, Colorado)
86.525 Tyler Junior College (Tyler, Texas)
85.450 Gateway Indoor (St. Louis, Missouri)
84.950 Palmetto Percussion (Columbia, South Carolina)
84.850 Infinity (Orlando, Florida)
83.225 Terminus Atlanta Percussion (Atlanta, Georgia)
82.750 Matrix (Akron, Ohio)
82.150 Redline (Canton, Michigan)
80.900 NorthCoast Academy (Saginaw, Michigan)
80.650 Eastside Fury Perc (Harrison Twp, Michigan)
80.150 Evolution (Lindenhurst, Illinois)
77.238 Freedom Percussion (Ofallon, Illinois)
76.300 The Creek (Orange County, Florida)


665 IPE European Championsips pictures online!
message posted: 26-03-2011 11:32

We've posted the second batch of pictures of the IPE European Championships. Thanks to Francois Deschacht of Corps and Band, all units/pictures are now online in our: Media Vault We've uploaded pictures from; The University of North Texas, The Senators, GOT Motion, Unik Star, European X, DNG Percussion Ensemble, DrumSpirit, The Company, Percussion Unlimited, New Spirit, Showband Music Black Show and Percussions de Tournai. Enjoy!


CGN Percussion Champion: UNIK STAR!
message posted: 26-03-2011 09:20

Last night, CGN's Main Event for Color Guard and Indoor Percussion in the Netherlands was held for the seventh time in Eindhoven. 55 Color Guards perform in Indoor Sportcentrum and 8 Indoor Percussion units tried to capture one of the CGN Championship titles.

Indoor Percussion Results:

MARCHING OPEN FINALS
85.90 Unik Star
85.05 Percussion Unlimited
84.25 European X
83.10 Vintage Percussion

MARCHING A FINALS
84.70 North Frisian Percussion Corps

PERCUSSION PREP CLASS FINALS
84.30 Premier
82.90 New Spirit
82.80 Trommelgroep West-Nederland

More information can be found at: CGN


IPE CHAMPS: THE SENATORS, THE COMPANY AND NEW EVENT CORPS!
message posted: 19-03-2011 22:59

Over 400 Indoor Percussion fans were able to enjoy top percussion on Saturday March 19th during the fourth edition of the IPE European Championships in Tournai (B). In the "Hall des Sports" IPE showcased the exhilarating performances of the most elite and exclusive indoor percussion ensembles in Europe! 12 competing units, a very interesting Percussion Showcase of Paul Rennick and two fantastic performances (standstill and full show) of the University of North Texas Concert and Indoor Percussion Ensemble. The result: Huge standing ovations from the 400 spectators that had come to Tournai.

New Event Corps (B) were the only competitor in the European Marching Class. The Company (UK) blew away the competition in the Concert Class with a record high score of 93.25!

In the International Marching Class seven strong units competed: The Senators (UK), DrumSpirit (B), European X (NED), Unik Star (FRA), Percussion Unlimited (NED), GOT MOTION (SWE) and DNG (B). The Senators topped the International Marching Class with a record high score of 92.50. DrumSpirit took silver (82.33) and Got Motion took the bronze (78.00). European X ended in fourth place (74.50), Unik Star ended in fifth place (72.33) Percussion Unlimited ended in sixth place (68.33) and DNG ended seventh (49.50)

2011 IPE European Championships Scores:

Concert Percussion Class: FINALS
1 - 93.25 The Company (UK)
2 - 85.50 Percussions de Tournai (B)
3 - 57.00 New Spirit (FRA)
4 - 53.25 Music Black Show (Fra)

European Marching Percussion Class: FINALS
1 - 53.33 New Event Corps (FRA)

International Marching Percussion Class: PRELIMS
1 - 89.50 The Senators (UK)
2 - 79.00 DrumSpirit (B)
3 - 75.83 European X (NED)
4 - 73.83 GOT Motion (SWE)
5 - 69.33 Unik Star (FRA)
6 - 65.17 Percussion Unlimited (NED)
7 - 48.50 DNG (B)

International Marching Percussion Class: FINALS
1 - 92.50 The Senators (UK)
2 - 82.33 DrumSpirit (B)
3 - 78.00 GOT Motion (SWE
4 - 74.50 European X (NED)
5 - 72.33 Unik Star (FRA)
6 - 68.33 Percussion Unlimited (NED)
7 - 49.50 DNG (B)

All Judges audio files can be found on the: DCE Document Manager
The IPE European Championships Recap can be downloaded HERE

IPE would like to thank:

All competing units and volunteers
DrumSpirit for hosting UNT
Our special guests: UNT Concert and Indoor Percussion Ensemble
Our Sponsors: Dynasty, InCorps, Muremo and Corps & Band
Our Partners: WGUK and DCE
Our IPE Judges: Music Effect: Dave Hall (USA) Visual Ensemble: Ryan Kilgore (USA) Ensemble Music: Marco Harder (NED)
Jean Paul Ratajczak, Mark Reynolds, Paul Rennick and Mark Ford
The Audience for making this percussion event incredible.

Pictures and more articles/news will follow this week.


Internet problems in Tournai
message posted: 19-03-2011 13:56

Due to technical internet problems IPE is unable to fix the connection with the internet in the Hall des Sports. We are very sorry for the inconvience. Please follow us on www.twitter.com/IPEurope for the latest score updates.


Paul Rennick Clinic "Indoor vs. Outdoor" @ the IPE European Championships
message posted: 18-03-2011 15:17

IPE is proud to present a very unique percussion clinic. University of North Texas (UNT) Percussion Coordinator and Percussion Arranger Paul Rennick will be doing this clinic entitled "Indoor vs. Outdoor" together with his UNT Indoor Drumline. Paul will be focusing on the arrangements, techniques and performances of indoor drumlines and the differences between the indoor approach and the outdoor (drum corps) approach. Indoor drumlines, Marching Bands, and Drum corps are using more and more techniques/ideas from eachother to expand their creative horizon and set new standards on te field/floor. This clinic presents many ideas and techniques for the educator and of course the members.

The clinic will start at 18:00h and is part of the IPE European Championships. The Clinic can only be entered with a IPE European Championships ticket. (EUR 15.00 at the door)


Exclusive Interview with Mark Ford (UNT) online
message posted: 17-03-2011 20:55

Besides the UNT Indoor Drumline, UNT is also bringing over their (Concert) Percussion Ensemble. The UNT Percussion Ensemble will perform on Saturday March 19th in Tournai (B) at a special Gala Concert with Percussions the Tournai (Start 20:30) and on Sunday March 20th in conjunction with VLAMO West. To give you more insight in the UNT Percussion Ensemble and Percussion Program, IPE is proud to present an exclusive interview with UNT Percussion Coordinator Mark Ford. Click here to read the full Interview


Exclusive IPE Interview with Paul Rennick (UNT) online
message posted: 15-03-2011 21:08

The only chance to see the University of North Texas Indoor Drumline's new show "METAMORPHOSES" is at the IPE European Championships! The UNT Indoor Drumline is one of our special guests from the United States who will perform on March 19th in Tournai, Belgium. To give you more insight in UNT, IPE is proud to present an exclusive interview with UNT faculty member (and Percussion Caption Manager for Santa Clara Vanguard D&B Corps) Paul Rennick. Click here to read the full Interview


University of North Texas arrived in Europe
message posted: 15-03-2011 10:22

The members of the University of North Texas (UNT) are in Europe. They arrived last night in Brussels (B). Today the rehearsals and preparations for the IPE European Championships will begin. In the next few days, UNT will do some city trips to Brussels, Bruges and Paris. But the main focus will be on the European Indoor Percussion Championships in Tournai (B) on Saturday March 19th. Tickets for the IPE European Championships will be available at the door at the Hall des Sports in Tournai.


Senators and The Company win UK Percussion Regional
message posted: 14-03-2011 13:14

After winning the Belgian Percussion Regional, the Senators won the IPE/WGUK UK Percussion Regional as well. In Burgess Hill, Senators took first place with a score of 81.67. The Company won in the Concert Class. Over 500 people witnessed the performances of 4 percussion units and 21 color guard units from the UK.

All Judges audio files can be found on the: DCE Document Manager
The IPE UK Regional Recap can be downloaded HERE
UK Regional Pictures are uploaded in our: Media Vault

Concert Percussion Class
1 - 85.25 The Company (UK)

International Marching Percussion Class
1 - 81.67 Senators (UK)
2 - 66.83 Vintage (UK)
3 - 50.83 Nexus (UK)


Maarten Deschacht: NCA Blog #6 plus NCA Show Video online
message posted: 12-03-2011 14:43

NCA Blog #6 is online. This time Maarten writes about his car accident in the States. We've also added a video with the 2011 NCA Show. Check it out! Go directly to Maarten's BLOG PAGE and read his experiences in the USA. (Dutch language)


IPE cooperates with Vlamo West and City of Tournai
message posted: 10-03-2011 11:24

Indoor Percussion Europe is always looking for new partners, sponsors and organisations. This weekend we are working together on the UK Percussion Regional with WGUK (Winter Guard United Kingdom) and all IPE Events are judged by the DCE (Drum Corps Europe) adjudicators.

On Saturday March 19th we are working together with the City of Tournai and Percussions de Tournai to host the IPE European Championships and a special Grand Gala Concert which will start at 20:30h in the same venue as the IPE Championships. (Hall des Sports, Tournai) Because UNT is bringing two Ensembles over, the UNT Indoor Drumline (Marching Percussion) will perform at the IPE European Championships and the UNT Concert Ensemble will perform at the Grand Gala Concert organised by Percussions de Tournai. Download the Event Poster HERE

On Sunday March 20th Vlamo West (B) presents a Percussion Event with the title "Percussion Fever". In Cultureel Centrum De Steiger in Menen (B) the following 4 Percussion Ensembles will perform their concert performances; University of North Texas Concert Ensemble (USA), Vlamo West-Vlaanderen Concert Ensemble Project (B), Percussions de Tournai (B), Music Academy Ronse (B). Percussion Fever will start at 17:00h with two Masterclasses led by Mark Ford (Marimba) and Paul Rennick (Rudimental Snare) from the University of North Texas (USA). The Concert Performances start at 18:30h. More (Dutch) info can be found on the: Vlamo West Website


IPE European Championships Handbook is online
message posted: 09-03-2011 09:55

We've uploaded the 2011 Handbook for the IPE European Championships in Tournai (B) on Saturday March 19th. Please visit the Championships Page to find all the information you'll need.


IPE judge Marco Harder judging in Sweden
message posted: 09-03-2011 09:31

Indoor Percussion Europe judge Mark Harder judged the Frölunda Tattoo in Sweden on Sunday, organised by GOT Motion. The idea behind the judged tattoo is to get more attention for the indoor percussion and drum corps style in Sweden. The invitation for judging came from GOT Motion from Götborg. The group has been participating in Indoor Percussion Europe for several years, and captured the IPE European Marching Class title in 2009.

The idea of indoor percussion is alive in Sweden and groups like GOT Motion are trying to set up a way of indoor percussion and drum corps competitions. Besides GOT Motion, five other Swedish groups participated in the taptoo named 'Drum Corps into the Future'. GOT Motion will perform their Show "The Thrill of the Chase" at the 2011 European Championships on Saturday March 19th in Tournai (B)


David Dewyn: RhythmX Blog #6 - the XL-version - plus video online ;-)
message posted: 08-03-2011 10:56

RhythmX Blog #6 is online. Because it's been a while, David wrote us an XL version! We've also added a video with the 2011 RX Bass Solo. It's Crazy!!! Go directly to David and Maarten's BLOG PAGE and read their experiences in the USA. (Dutch language)


Timetable IPE European Championships is online
message posted: 06-03-2011 21:51

The Timetable for the 2011 IPE European Championships in Tournai (B) on Saturday March 19th is online. Please visit the Championships Page to find all the information you'll need. The IPE Championships Draft (Handbook) will be online in a couple of days.


Percussion Unlimited wins WGI European Regional
message posted: 06-03-2011 10:08

With a score of 80.20 Percussion Unlimited (Ned) has captured the WGI European Regional Title. In Sportpunt Zeeland in Goes, the audience was treated on three fantastic indoor percussion shows. Second place in the Marching Open Class went to Unik Star (Fra). Premier took first place in the Standstill Class with a score of 78,20.

Marching Open Class Finals
80.20 Percussion Unlimited
79.60 Unik Star

Standstill Open Class Finals
78.20 Premier

Do you want to see Percussion Unlimited perform their Championship Show "X-ite Me!"? Together with twelve indoor percussion units from England, Sweden, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the United States they will perform at the IPE European Championships in Tournai (B) on March 19th.


Senators, New Event Corps and New Spirit win Belgian Regional
message posted: 28-02-2011 09:07

Senators (International Marching Class), New Event Corps (European Marching Class) and New Spirit (Concert Class) have won the IPE Belgian Percussion Regional in Tournai. Over 100 people witnessed the performances of 8 units from the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium and France.

All Judges audio files can be found on the: DCE Document Manager
Belgian Regional Recap can be downloaded HERE
50 Belgian Regional Pictures are uploaded in our: Media Vault

Concert Percussion Class
1 - 50.25 New Spirit, Hem (Fra)
2 - 47.25 Showband Music Black Show, La Gorgue (Fra)

European Marching Percussion Class
1 - 48.17 New Event Corps, Wavrechain (Fra)

International Marching Percussion Class
1 - 72.83 Senators (UK)
2 - 60.83 DrumSpirit (B)
3 - 59.50 Unik Star (Fra)
4 - 59.17 European X (Ned)
5 - 47.00 DNG (B)


Percussion Unlimited (Ned) announces Open House on April 16th
message posted: 23-02-2011 19:51

Sign up now for the Percussion Unlimited Open House on Saturday 16th of April and be on the field with Holland’s oldest Indoor Percussion Unit. Signing up for this day is not compulsory but that will keep you informed.

Send an email to Percussion Unlimited to sign up and you might even receive some music in your email so you can not only listen on this day but also join in and experience Percussion Unlimited. Where this day will be held is not decided yet, but you will be informed ones you signed in.

Watch this YouTube video for an impression:



Maarten Deschacht: NCA Blog # 5 is online
message posted: 21-02-2011 21:43

NCA Blog #5 is online. We've created a special Blog Page for Maarten and David. Go directly to David and Maarten's BLOG PAGE and read their experiences in the USA. (Dutch language)


David Dewyn: RhythmX Blog #5 online
message posted: 19-02-2011 11:17

RhythmX Blog #5 is online. We've created a special Blog Page for Maarten and David. Go directly to David and Maarten's BLOG PAGE and read their experiences in the USA. (Dutch language)


WTV-TV at the IPE KICK OFF
message posted: 15-02-2011 15:12

Belgian Television channel WTV-TV visited the IPE KICK OFF last Sunday in Dadizele (B) and interviewed Erwin van Gemert of IPE and Bernd Coene of DrumSpirit about the new Indoor Percussion Season. Check out the video here: (Dutch language)




IPE Belgian Regional Timetable is online
message posted: 14-02-2011 22:02

On Sunday February 27th IPE presents the Belgian Regional in Tournai (B). On this day IPE proudly presents 10 indoor percussion ensembles from 4 different countries. Download the IPE Belgian Regional Timetable HERE More info about the IPE Belgian Regional can be found on our: IPE Belgian Regional Page


Very succesful second edition of the IPE KICK OFF
message posted: 13-02-2011 22:05

Over 90 Indoor Percussion fans were able to enjoy the second edition of the IPE KICK OFF on Sunday February 13th in Dadizele (B). IPE presented 4 events during this day. In the Polyvalente Loods (DrumSpirit Clubhouse) 6 I&E performers showcased their talents. Bernd Coene from Drumspirit won the title in the Individual Keyboard Class and Niklas Jensen from Denmark won the Individual Snare title.

DrumSpirit (B) started the Preview with their 2011 program SIROCCO and Percussion Unlimited (NED) presented their new energetic program X-ite Me! twice for the audience. (1 Standstill performance and 1 full run) During the IPE Symposium, IPE Adjudication Manager Marco Harder explained the new IPE Manual and Erwin van Gemert of IPE explained the future plans of IPE in Europe. After the Symposium the audience watched the WGI Percussion World Championships on a big screen. IPE would like to thank all performers, DrumSpirit, Percussion Unlimited and Marco Harder for their cooperation.

I&E Results can be found on our: KICK OFF Page
115 KICK OFF Pictures can be found in our: Media Vault
Check out the WTV-TV Coverage (Belgian TV) KICK OFF VIDEO



Maarten Deschacht: NCA Blog # 4 online
message posted: 11-02-2011 14:34

NCA Blog #4 is online. We've created a special Blog Page for Maarten and David. Go directly to David and Maarten's BLOG PAGE and read their experiences in the USA. (Dutch language)


David Dewyn: RhythmX Blog # 4 is online
message posted: 09-02-2011 12:21

RhythmX Blog #4 is online. We've created a special Blog Page for Maarten and David. Go directly to David and Maarten's BLOG PAGE and read their experiences in the USA. (Dutch language)


European X presents UNITY in 2011
message posted: 07-02-2011 22:14

Dutch Indoor Percussion Champion European X is proud to present their 2011 program "Unity". Drill design is written by Martijn de Jong and RhythmX arrangers Andrew Markworth (Front Ensemble) and Tim Jackson (Battery) have composed the following arrangements;

- Einstein on the beach (Phillip Glass)
- Charlie’s Big Potatoe (Skunk Anansie)
- Claire de Lune (Debussy)
- Kings and Queens (30 seconds to Mars)/ te Deum (Ambrose)

European X will be performing in the Netherlands (CGN Leeuwarden, Drachten and Eindhoven) and at IPE. (Belgian Regional and Championships)


IPE KICK OFF Timetable is online
message posted: 04-02-2011 20:26

On Sunday February 13th IPE presents the second edition of the IPE 2011 KICK OFF in Dadizele (B). On this day IPE proudly presents the I&E Percussion Competition, two Preview performances by Percussion Unlimited (NED) and DrumSpirit (B) and the 2011 IPE Symposium. (Free entrance for all events)

After these events IPE invites everyone for a big Party in the IP Café where we will present the WGI 2010 World Percussion Championships on a BIG SCREEN!. Download the KICK OFF Timetable HERE

More info about the IPE KICK OFF can be found on our: KICK OFF Page


NCA - Lick of the Week - Video with Maarten online
message posted: 03-02-2011 09:40

Every week, NorthCoast Academy is posting a new video online with a member of NCA playing the "Lick of the Week". This week Maarten is captured on tape with his Lick of the Week. Check it out on his:BLOG PAGE


David Dewyn: RhythmX Blog #3 is online
message posted: 02-02-2011 07:21

RhythmX Blog #3 is online. We've created a special Blog Page for Maarten and David. Go directly to David and Maarten's BLOG PAGE and read their experiences in the USA. (Dutch language)


New design for the 2011 IPE Championships Flags
message posted: 31-01-2011 22:01

Indoor Percussion Europe is proud to present the new Champions flags for 2011. For the fourth time in a row, the flags have been designed by graphic artist Giovanni Maes from Belgium.

"Last year IPE changed the logo and the website into a new design, the 2011 Championship flags represents this new IPE design perfectly. The new flagdesign will be used for many years to come", says Erwin van Gemert of IPE. "We are very happy with the new designs and we want to thank Giovanni for his artwork". The new flags will be presented to the winners of each class at the IPE European Championships in Tournai (B) on Sunday march 19th.



Maarten Deschacht: NCA Blog #3 is online!
message posted: 30-01-2011 20:38

NCA Update #3 is online. We've created a special Blog Page for Maarten and David. Go directly to David and Maarten's BLOG PAGE and read their experiences in the USA. (Dutch language)


IMPORTANT! New venue and location for the IPE Belgian Regional
message posted: 26-01-2011 14:10

Indoor Percussion Europe (IPE) has changed the venue and location of the IPE Belgian Regional. The organisation has decided that the venue will be at the Hall des Sports in Tournai (B). The date will stay exactly the same (February 27th). The new venue is the same venue and location which will be used for the IPE European Championships in March.

More information about the IPE Belgian Regional can be found on our: EVENT PAGE


Maarten Deschacht: NCA Blog #2 is online
message posted: 18-01-2011 12:25

NCA Blog #2 is online. We've created a special Blog Page for Maarten and David. Go directly to David and Maarten's BLOG PAGE and read their experiences in the USA. (Dutch language)


KICK OFF Update: Preview / I&E registration will close on February 1st
message posted: 16-01-2011 13:57

Anyone who wants to compete in the IPE 2011 I&E Percussion Competition can register till February 1st. The I&E Percussion Competition is part of the IPE KICK OFF which will take place in Dadizele (B) on Sunday february 13th. 6 I&E performers from France, Denmark and Belgium have registered so far. 2 Indoor Percussion units will perform their 2011 show during the Preview on the same day.

IPE Symposium
Besides the I&E Competition and Preview performances, IPE presents his first Symposium for European Indoor Percussion Units. All IP units are invited to discuss the new Rules and Manual and talk about new ideas and proposals for the future. Don't miss it and come to the IPE KICK OFF! Visit our KICK OFF Page for more information.


David Dewyn: RhythmX Blog #2 is online
message posted: 12-01-2011 20:52

This winter, David Dewyn from Belgium will be marching in the bassline of Rhythm X. Rhythm X, a competitive indoor percussion ensemble based in Columbus - Ohio (USA), are the 2008 and 2009 WGI World Percussion Champions. Exclusively for IPE, David will update Europe with his experiences in the States. (Dutch language only)

Update 2:
Na mijn aangename California-trip moest ik terug vliegen naar mijn Amerikaanse ‘hometown’ Cincinnati. Na een dagje aanpassen aan de koudere temperaturen kon ik me alweer opmaken voor een paar repetitiedagen met RX. Aangezien 1 januari op een zaterdag viel, viel gelukkig de beslissing om de repetitie te verschuiven naar woensdagavond, donderdag en vrijdag. (Sommige andere groepen zoals MCM repeteerden op nieuwjaarsdag! => Everything for the sport!!)

Na de goede repetities kon ik me opmaken voor mijn Amerikaanse oudejaarsavond. Ondertussen weet ik al dat een Amerikaanse party anders is dan een party in Europa, maar daarom niet minder leuk hoor! Ik spendeerde mijn oudejaarsavond in het huis van de snare-tech van RX samen met een heleboel andere RX-leden! Gewoon gezellig babbelen, drinken en ondertussen ook het gekende Amerikaanse spelletje ‘BEERPONG’ spelen. Iets anders dan wat ik normaal doe, maar best ook wel eens leuk :-)

Op nieuwjaarsdag zelf ga ik samen met de bass-tech de nieuwe film ‘TRON’ in IMAX bekijken om mij de dag daarna weer gezellig in Cincinnati te begeven. Hier besluit ik om samen met 1 van mijn roommates (Jake, de cymbal-tech bij RX) downtown Cincinnati te gaan bezoeken en ondertussen 1 van de grote Amerikaanse sporten te gaan bekijken in een leuke bar: American Football! Het wordt een leerzame namiddag maar aangezien die oudejaarsnacht nog wat in mijn kleren zit duurt het niet lang eer ik slaap val wanneer we terug thuis komen. Volgende morgen word ik wakker en mag ik me meteen alweer klaarmaken voor RX. Deze keer enkel met de bass-line. We hadden afgesproken om vanaf dinsdagavond te beginnen repeteren tot na het weekend. Ondertussen konden we met de hele line bij 1 van onze bass-techs slapen (Ryan Lamb).

Het werd weer een fantastische mengeling van GOED repeteren in een korte tijd en ondertussen gewoon tijd spenderen met elkaar. Overdag hadden we maar toegang tot de bass-drums vanaf 16u en hadden we de doelstelling om te repeteren tot 22u30. Maar jammer genoeg werden we telkens vroeger dan voorzien verzocht door de security van Centerville Highschool om de gebouwen te verlaten.
Mijn leven werd wat op zijn kop gedraaid want merendeel gingen we pas slapen rond 4u om dan rond 12u op te staan. Mijn bio-ritme krijgt dus wel een redelijke deuk, maar gelukkig zijn we nog jong ;-) In afwachting om naar de school te kunnen gaan, spelen we elk wat op een practice-pad om de ‘chops’ wat op peil te houden.

Aangezien er afgelopen weekend VEEL drumcorps hun audities hadden, betekende dat ook dat er veel afwezigen waren in het Indoor-circuit. Daarom was er dit weekend bij RX enkel repetitie voorzien voor de bass-line en cymbal-line. Alles werd heel op het gemak gedaan! Maar dat is ook perfect mogelijk, want het blijft me verbazen hoeveel we hier kunnen verwezenlijken op een immens korte tijd! De harde inspanningen die we leverden werden mooi afgewisseld met een hele reeks partijtjes ‘Dodgeball tegen de cymbals! :D
(En inderdaad, naast de goede prestaties qua muziek spelen, blijken de basses ook nog over enkele goede dodgeball-capaciteiten te beschikken) ;-) Zo zie je maar dat het PERFECT mogelijk is om goede resultaten neer te zetten en toch genoeg tijd te hebben voor de gepaste ontspanning! Het ligt enkel en alleen maar aan de mentaliteit die de leden hanteren! En juist dat missen vele mensen nog in Europa!

Europa heeft zeker de mogelijkheid om hele goede/leuke resultaten neer te zetten, maar de mentaliteit van de mens is die sleutel naar succes! Ik weet natuurlijk wel dat iedere groep zijn manier van werken heeft (en dat apprecieer en respecteer ik ook), zo hebben RX en MCM zeker ook een verschillende manier van werken, maar toch blijft het grote verschil tussen Amerika en Europa de mentaliteit van de leden! Zoals ik al zei: Europa heeft nochtans potentieel om verschillende dingen waar te maken!

Ow en om jullie nog vlug wat nieuwsgieriger te maken naar het verloop van het seizoen zelf… Geen nood, ik garandeer dat jullie veel dingen te horen zullen krijgen van de RX bass-line. Zowel in warm-ups als in het ‘book’ wat we spelen mag je enkele pikante splits,… verwachten ;-)

Stay tuned for more!

David


Maarten Deschacht: NCA Blog #1 is online!
message posted: 10-01-2011 11:40

This winter, Maarten Deschacht from Belgium will be marching in the snareline of Northcoast Academy. (NCA). NCA is a competitive indoor percussion ensemble based in Saginaw - Michigan (USA) and visited the IPE European Championships in 2009. Exclusively for IPE, Maarten will update Europe with his experiences in the States. (Dutch language only)

Zondag 7 november, 2e auditiedag van Northcoast Academy.

Na de dag te starten met marching basics en body control oefeningen, was het tijd voor mijn individuele auditie. Hier keken ze naar mijn techniek en persoonlijke muzikale kwaliteiten, ik
moest enkele oefeningen spelen en daarna improviseerde ik wat zodat ze een goed beeld hadden op wat ik allemaal kon.

Hierna starten we met de oefeningen. Met het feit dat het al het 2de auditie weekend was, kwam het neer op wie het het langst kon volhouden met betrekking tot sound quality, chops en mentale focus. Na dit deel van de auditie werd wat ongeziene muziek voor onze neus gezet om ook te zien wie het het snelst muziek leert en kwaliteitsvol kan spelen in een korte periode. Er waren een stuk of 10 callbacks voor 2 spots, mijn kansen waren klein. Maar ik heb hard gewerkt om deze spot te bemachtigen en ik had ook niets anders voor ogen dan deze spot te halen. Mijn ticket terug naar huis was dan ook al geboekt en die was voor na de WGI Finals. Ik moest deze spot halen, dus ik speelde dan ook met de idee dat deze spot al van mij was, vol zelfvertrouwen heb ik gewoon alles behoorlijk goed gespeeld. Op het einde van de dag werd mij het goede nieuws meegedeeld dat ik een spot behaald had. Na weinig slaap door de jetlag, maar veel doorzettingsvermogen had ik uiteindelijk behaald wat ik maanden voordien voor ogen had. Ik had een snare spot behaald bij een World Class winterdrumline, Northcoast Academy.


IPE Interview with DCE judge Marco Harder (NL)
message posted: 02-01-2011 21:33

To explain the differences between the WGI and IPE scoring system we've asked DCE judge Marco Harder to answer some questions about this new Adjudication Manual.

1) Why did IPE need a new Adjudication Manual?
Indoor Percussion is changing all the time so does the manual need to change accordingly. We want to provide the units in Europe a transparent and easy to understand system. We made the choice to link this to the DCE manual which is being used during the European Summer Music Games. It is the same system for both organizations, so it will help staff and judges to speak the same language, and this benefits the whole activity. We want to build on the success the corps are having using the DCE System.

2) Can you explain the differences between the WGI and the IPE Adjudicational Manual?
The IPE system is different than what is being used in WGI. WGI has 6 boxes and is paradigm driven, IPE is using 5 boxes and is using the DCE system because it is based on derived achievement. There are two sub captions, Content and Achievement. This gives equal credit to both the design teams and the performers We also changed the total scores per caption, each caption has a max of 20 points (20/20/20). This way all captions are equal instead of the 40/40/20 points in WGI. The IPE rule book stays the same as WGI. We made that choice for the units who want to participate in the states so they won’t have to change anything. They will be able to compete in WGI without rewriting any portion of their show.

3) What are the benefits for European Indoor Percussion units?
Because we are having the same system as DCE, the judges will have consistent commentary through the winter and summer system. This will work for the units because they don’t have to apply and work with multiple systems. New units will also benefit from this during the season because all of the judges have used this system in DCE.

4) Are there any big changes for the units?
Nothing is changing for the units with the new system. The percussion rules stay the same as in WGI and in 2011 each caption will be equal. Therefor I’m looking forward to the new season and work with the units to get IPE to the next level.

You can download the 2011 IPE Percussion Adjudication Manual and Rules in our: Download Section


IPE presents new Adjudication Manual in 2011
message posted: 01-01-2011 20:32

On the first day of 2011, IPE is proud to present the 2011 Percussion Rules and Adjudication Manual. The Percussion Rules are similar to the WGI Percussion Rules (Except for some minor adjustments for the European Class units), however the Scoring System is changed to a new transparant system based on the DCE Manual and will fit the European indoor percussion units much better.

You can download the 2011 IPE Percussion Adjudication Manual and Rules in our: Download Section


DNG Percussion Ensemble presents Rhythm or Love in 2011
message posted: 29-12-2010 10:52

IPE European Class Champion DNG from Dottignies (B) is proud to present their 2011 program Rhythm or Love. This show includes music of 'Fragile' (Daft Punk) and 'Hometown Glory' (Adele). In 2011 DNG will compete at the Belgian Regional and at the IPE European Championships in the International Class.

DNG Staff Team 2011:
Music designer : David Lemant & Kristof Rigol
Visual & Drill : David Lemant & Benoit Devriere


David Dewyn: RhythmX Update 1
message posted: 28-12-2010 19:36

This winter, David Dewyn from Belgium will be marching in the bassline of Rhythm X. Rhythm X, a competitive indoor percussion ensemble based in Columbus - Ohio (USA), are the 2008 and 2009 WGI World Percussion Champions. Exclusively for IPE, David will update Europe with his experiences in the States. (Dutch language only)

Na een lange reis (met een klein beetje problemen bij Customs, die vonden het nogal verdacht dat ik hier zolang bleef zonder werkvergunning) kon ik mij eindelijk wat settelen in mijn nieuwe thuishaven in Cincinnati. Na die eerste paar dagen was het eindelijk zover om mijn eerste RX-weekend mee te maken. Natuurlijk had ik wel een positieve vorm van schrik/nieuwschierigheid om te zien hoe alles zou werken bij hen, maar ik werd ENORM warm onthaald. Mijn naam is nogal 'groot' gemaakt binnen de organisatie en zodra ik binnenkwam en ze mijn naam wisten, wisten ze meteen dat ik de Belg was die bij Bluecoats 2 jaar liep,...

De werkwijze bij RX qua repetitie is ook helemaal te gek. Wetende dat je met enorm veel talent zit, kan je het ook wel permitteren om het nu en dan heel rustig aan te doen. Zo sta ik zelf regelmatig 'te dansen' en andere grappige dingen te doen op de vloer maar wanneer we echt moeten repeteren kan iedereen ook meteen die 'switch' aanklikken en er ook meteen voor de 100% voor gaan. Dat maakt het juist zo leuk, Having A LOT of fun, maar dan ook meteen daarna goed spelen. Ik kan niet wachten tot het volgende repetitie weekend!!!Hold on for the RX-show, ik ben redelijk zeker dat je weer spectakel kan verwachten ;-)

Voorlopig zit ik nu in California om kerstmis te vieren bij mijn beste vriend van bij Bluecoats (en hij is zelf ook bezig met zijn 4e seizoen in de bass-line van RCC) Caleb Gasteiger. Gisteren liep ik rond op de repetitie van RCC en ik kan al verklappen dat ook dat een leuke show zal worden! Ik doe hier natuurlijk NIET aan spionage hoor, iedere groep heeft zijn eigen idee en concept, dus dat maakt het juist zo leuk. Het wordt weer een goed jaar voor WGI!

In Cincinnati woon ik samen met de nieuwe cymbaltech van RX en ook met iemand die aan zijn 3e jaar bij de cymballine van Music City Mistique (MCM) zit. Ook vanuit MCM hoor ik wilde verhalen over de show, dus Be Ready for upcoming April! :D

Greetz David


Happy Holidays from IPE!
message posted: 24-12-2010 10:00

To all our Fans, Friends, Partners, Volunteers, Members and Educators. Thank you for making 2010 a fantastic year, we are looking forward to make 2011 even better! Merry X-Mas and a Happy New Year! Froehliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr! Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année! Prettige Kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! From all of us at Indoor Percussion Europe.


Unik Star (Fra) presents Déjà-Vu in 2011
message posted: 13-12-2010 21:43

Unik Star Percussion Ensemble from Hellemmes (Fra) is proud to present there 2011 production “Déjà-Vu” with music and the visual design composed by Tony Nunez & Kevin Shah.

The "déjà-vu" is the experience of feeling sure that one has already witnessed or experienced a current situation, even though the exact circumstances of the previous encounter are uncertain and were perhaps imagined. Unik Star is also exploring new possibilities with new electronic sounds and a different musical approach. The Indoor Percussion Unit from France has scheduled many rehearsals and 2 big camps (including 4 days with their American Staff members). Unik Star also upgraded their 2011 staff.




David Dewyn (B) joins Rhythm X!!!
message posted: 04-12-2010 09:57

This winter, David Dewyn from Belgium will be marching in the bassline of Rhythm X. Rhythm X, a competitive indoor percussion ensemble based in Columbus - Ohio (USA), are the 2008 and 2009 WGI World Percussion Champions.

Dewyn is the first European musician ever who will march in Rhythm X. In 2009 and 2010 he marched in the bassline of Bluecoats and he is a active performer of DrumSpirit from Dadizele, Belgium. Together with Maarten Deschacht (He is marching in the NorthCoast Academy Snareline this winter) they will perform in Dayton at the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Percussion Championships. IPE wishes David good luck with Rhythm X @ WGI!


David (l) and Maarten (r)


Huge success for IPE | European X Percussion Clinic
message posted: 25-11-2010 10:22

On Sunday November 28th, the IPE | European X Percussion Clinic was a huge success! 38 people from 6 units registered for this clinic and had great time in Hilversum (NL)! Percussionists from 6 registered:

- Jong Holland, Zwijndrecht (NL)
- Showband Hollandia Bolsward (NL)
- Jeugdkorps Confetti, Goes (NL)
- Con Spirito, Joure (NL)
- Juliana D&BC, Middelburg (NL)
- Showband Marum, Marum (NL)

Together with Dutch Indoor Percussion Champion European X and the two Master Clinicans Tim Jackson and Craig Dunn, IPE presented a full day of Percussion. Tim Jackson is four time Individual Tenor World Champion, and performed in the Blue Devils and Rhythm X drumline. He currently is on staff at the Bluecoats as Backfield Ensemble Coordinator. Craig Dunn is the founder and Director of Rhythm X.

IPE would like to thank, Tim Jackson, Craig Dunn and European X for a great event!


New Spirit (Fra) presents "LOST" in 2011
message posted: 24-11-2010 14:15

New Spirit from Hem (Fra) is proud to announce their 2011 program "LOST". The show will use ideas and music from contrasting genres. Enhancing the dynamics of the production with rhythm and energy, New Spirit will produce 4 differents illustrations/emotions and scores that will elevate them to the next level in the front ensemble. New Spirit will compete at IPE in the Concert Class and made great progression over the last months with the help of Jérôme Capoen & Ludovic Sueur (Arrangers & concept designers).




Senators (UK) presents "SOLAR" and announce trip to WGI in 2012
message posted: 19-11-2010 09:04

The Senators from Eastleigh, UK are pleased to be returning to the Indoor Percussion Circuit for the 2011 Winter Season with the ensemble competing at IPE and WGUK shows both here in the UK and in mainland Europe with a show entitled 'Solar'.

The Senators Percussion Ensemble will explore the effect the sun and it's energy has on our planet and it's inhabitants. "Solar energy is an essential for life on Earth, and the power that fuels our existence. The Sun influences our days, our actions and how and when we live our lives."

The Senators will be working closely with Tim Fairbanks and Andrew Markworth with regards to the design, direction and implementation of the 'Solar' production in conjunction with the Senators home based conceptual duo of Neil Hyde and Mark Abbott. The design team are being supported by strong educational and administration teams consisting of some of the country’s top established and emerging instructional talent. Membership in all sections is strong with a great mix of youth and experienced individuals at the very heart the of the ensemble. There is a real sense of excitement throughout the Senators organisation with regards to this project not least because of the plans to visit the USA and compete in WGI Percussion in 2012.




IPE Regional & Championships registration closed
message posted: 16-11-2010 09:12

Online registration for the IPE Regionals and the IPE European Championships is now officially closed. IPE is very proud to present 30 performances over 3 competition events including 15 units at the IPE European Championships in Tournai, Belgium! Indoor Percussion units from England, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and the United States of America will compete in Europe to win one of the IPE European Indoor Percussion Titles.

Registration for the IPE Clinic in Hilversum (NL) on November 28 and the I&E Competition in Dadizele (B) on February 13 is still open.


DrumSpirit interview in WGI FOCUS magazine.
message posted: 14-11-2010 13:37

Last winter DrumSpirit Percussion Ensemble from Dadizele (B) competed at the WGI World Championships in Dayton (USA). They completed their US tour with a fantastic 6th place in the Percussion Independent A Class. In the WGI 2010 Fall FOCUS edition, WGI wrote an article about the competing International units and had a interview with Didier Rosez from DrumSpirit. Read the WGI 2010 Fall Focus edition: HERE




3rd IPE Advisory Board Meeting will be held in Breda (NL)
message posted: 12-11-2010 21:03

Indoor Percussion Europe will organise his third Percussion Advisory Board meeting on November 15th in Breda (NL). Percussion advisors/specialists will discuss matters for the upcomming European Indoor Percussion Season. During this meeting they will discuss topics like education, organisation, contests and judging. Presentations and discussions are planned to begin at 7.30 pm.

“Looking back to the first two Advisory Board Meetings and the input we recieved, we are very happy to organise the third edition. This edition will focus on the new IPE Adjudication manual and will mark the next stage of the growing process of IPE”, says Erwin van Gemert of IPE. “The Advisory Board consists of some of the most prominent and relevant percussion/visual specialists from the moment, such as Marco Harder, Robby Overvliet, Erik de Vries, Bob Thomas, Ruben Lourens, Giovanni Maes among others. These Board meetings intend to serve as a launching platform for exchanging opinions, proposals and ideas for the future of IPE and the European Indoor Percussion activity.

The meeting is only for selected IPE Advisory Board members.


Maarten Deschacht (B) joins NorthCoast Academy (USA)
message posted: 11-11-2010 20:57

This winter, Maarten Deschacht from Belgium is going to march in the snareline of NorthCoast Academy. NorthCoast Academy is a competitive percussion ensemble and part of the Saginaires Youth Organization based in Saginaw, Michigan and visited the IPE European Championships in 2009.

Maarten is the first Belgian musician who is going to march in a Winter Guard International (WGI) drumline. The last couple of years, Maarten was a Front Ensemble performer in the Velvet Knights and he played in the Front Ensemble of the Madison Scouts for three years. Maarten is going to stay in the US for six months. After the WGI World Championships he will continue his study Piano and Percussion at the Conservatory in Ghent. IPE wishes Maarten good luck with NorthCoast Academy @ WGI!


First registrations IPE | European X Clinic online!
message posted: 10-11-2010 15:28

IPE is proud to present the first registrations for the upcomming IPE Clinic in Hilversum (NL). 17 people from 3 units already registered for this clinic:

- Jong Holland Zwijndrecht (NL)
- Showband Hollandia Bolsward (NL)
- Jeugdkorps Confetti Goes (NL)

Together with Dutch Indoor Percussion Champion European X and our two Master Clinicans Tim Jackson and Craig Dunn, this clinic is going to be hot! Tim Jackson is four time Individual Tenor World Champion, and performed in the Blue Devils and Rhythm X drumline. He currently is on staff at the Bluecoats as Backfield Ensemble Coordinator. Craig Dunn is the founder and Director of Rhythm X.

The IPE clinic (only for field percussion) will take place on Sunday 28th November in Hilversum - The Netherlands from 12.00-18.00h (local time). The clinic fee is 10 euros and participants need to bring their own drum. The fee for visitors is 5 euros per person. More information about the Clinic, the registration and videos of Tim Jackson can be found: HERE


IPE welcomes back: Percussion Unlimited!
message posted: 02-11-2010 21:10

After one year of absence, IPE is very proud to welcome back the former IPE International Class Champion
Percussion Unlimited from Loon op Zand (NL). Percussion Unlimited will perform at the IPE Kick Off and at the IPE European Championships in Doornik (B). With their new show "X-ite Me!", PU will focus on: Energy, Excitement and Sensation in 2011. For the latest event updates, information and registrations please visit our: Event Info Page


IPE clinic with Tim Jackson and Craig Dunn
message posted: 31-10-2010 15:33

Indoor Percussion Europe and European X will organise a percussion clinic on Sunday 28th November in Hilversum - The Netherlands. Clinicians are Tim Jackson and Craig Dunn from Rhythm X.

Tim Jackson is four time Individual Tenor World Champion, and performed in the Blue Devils and Rhythm X drumline. He currently is on staff at the Bluecoats as Backfield Ensemble Coordinator. Craig Dunn is the founder and Director of Rhythm X.

The IPE clinic (online for field percussion) will take place on Sunday 28th November in Hilversum - The Netherlands from 12.00-18.00h (local time). The clinic fee is 10 euros and participants need to bring their own drum. The fee for visitors is 5 euros per person. More information about the Clinic and videos of Tim Jackson can be found: HERE


Alliance (UK) withdraws from competition in 2011
message posted: 25-10-2010 21:23

Alliance Indoor Percussion from Bedfordshire (UK) has announced that they will withdraw from competition in 2011. Alliance wants to thank everybody who has supported them over the years.


DrumSpirit presents "SIROCCO" in 2011
message posted: 25-10-2010 10:37

DrumSpirit from Dadizele (B) presents its new show for 2011: SIROCCO. A scorched warm wind raging over the Middle-East transports tropical heat Northwards. Sirocco brings intriguing sounds and fabulous rhythms out of this fascinating culture and takes the crowed to a desert oasis through storm, religion and magic. On its path throughout the desert, this breathtaking show leaves nobody unmoved. Percussion talents as nomads on a flying carpet!!!

Sirocco consists out of three pieces. Desert Trails, as a caravan on its way to the ‘red rain’. Desert Oasis, in the eye of the storm and Rumble in the desert, the finale of a turbulent atmosphere. A musical adventure through tough weather conditions, Inshallah!

DrumSpirits new showproduction has been completely designed inhouse for the first time in its history. Music and concept are arranged by Maarten Deschacht & Thomas Claesen. Visual design by Bart Tienpont, David Dewyn and Didier Rosez. Graphical design by Giovanni Maes. DrumSpirit will compete in the International Marching Class and has registered for the IPE Belgian Regional and the IPE European Championships.




University of North Texas (USA) will perform at IPE European Championships
message posted: 17-10-2010 21:37

The University of North Texas (UNT) Indoor Drum Line from Denton, Texas (USA) is proud to announce that they will be travelling to Europe in March of 2011 to represent the U.S. indoor percussion community in both clinics and performances. This incredible opportunity would not be possible without the support of Dynasty USA, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian, Remo and Muremo Music in Europe. On the European continent Mr. Jean Paul Ratajczek from Muremo Music will function as the liaison for their stay and performances in the indoor circuit.

UNT will be performing their 2011 production, "Metamorphisis” featuring music based on compositions by Ginastera, Bartok and Debussy. The UNT Indoor Drum Line consists of 35 UNT college percussionists directed by Professor Paul Rennick. This ensemble has won the Percussive Arts Society International College Indoor Drum Line Competition 16 times and has performed throughout the United States for many percussion festivals and music conventions.

The staff and members of UNT are committed to bring the audiences in Europe an incredible experience with both performance and education. UNT is honored to have this opportunity for our staff and members and is incredibly grateful for the generous support from all of our sponsors.

Want to see the level of performance of UNT? Please watch some great UNT videos in our Media Vault ENJOY!


Participant Handbook added to the Download Section
message posted: 16-10-2010 09:52

If you are attending an IPE event this winter you probably will have some questions about the (new) procedures and policies. To answer most of these questions, IPE has updated the Participant Handbook in our Download Section. Please make sure you read and understand the Participant Handbook BEFORE comming to a Regional or Championships! A must-read for all directors, instructors, and performers. It may be helpful to carry a hard copy with you at competitions for reference.


15 units registered for Championships: Only 2 spots open!
message posted: 11-10-2010 20:41

IPE is proud to present the first registrations for the upcomming winter season. 11 units already registered for the Belgian Regional and 4 units have registered for the UK Regional. 15 Indoor Percussion units from 6 different countries have already registered for the IPE European Championships! Note for not registered IP units: There are only 2 spots open! The maximum amount of units for the IPE European Championships is 17. All registrations above 17 will be placed on a waitinglist.

We also have 5 registered competitors in our I&E competition! Members from DrumSpirit (B), Unik Star, New Event Corps (FRA) and 1 member from Hinnerup Marching Band (DEN) will compete for the I&E titles!

The registration for the IPE 2011 Competition will close on November 15th. More information about the IPE KICK OFF, the IPE Regionals, the IPE European Championships and the registration procedure can be found: HERE


Music Black Show 2011 presents: Romance
message posted: 11-10-2010 20:33

Music Black Show from La Gorgue (Fra) and his president, Gregory Carreiro, are pleased to announce their 2011 show "Romance". Romance will be a new challenge for this french indoor percussion unit who will perform at the IPE Belgian Regional in Estaimpuis and at the IPE European Championships in Doornik (B).

In preparation for their second winter season, Music Black Show (registered in the IPE Concert Class) will present 3 pieces, notably "Bad Romance" (Lady Gaga's Music). Music Arrangments & scores by Ludovic Sueur & Georges Lecomte / Consulting & Concept by Jérôme Capoen.


GET INVOLVED with IPE!
message posted: 09-10-2010 13:22

IPE owes the success and existence of our organization to the countless hours of hard work contributed by volunteers committed to build a European Indoor Percussion Platform/Circuit. Volunteering at a Indoor Percussion Europe event is a great way to meet others who are passionate about indoor percussion and positively contribute to today's youth and the leaders of tomorrow. GET INVOLVED! with IPE and work with some of the finest indoor percussion units, musicians and other volunteers. Being involved, making a difference and help us build a European competition - it could be you - GET INVOLVED with IPE!

Contact IPE Staff Manager Maurice Groen for information on volunteering at IPE events or other available volunteer opportunities.


New "Amplifying the Front Ensemble" article in our Download section
message posted: 05-10-2010 22:00

Thanks to Rob Ferguson (Director of Matrix Indoor Percussion Ensemble and Percussion Caption Head of the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps) we've added a new article in our Download Section "Amplifying the Front Ensemble - How to and how much". During his visit with Matrix in 2008, Dynasty USA Educational Endorser Rob Ferguson presented a clinic at the IPE European Championships entitled 'Amplifying the Front Ensemble: How to and How Much?'. He focused on the growing situation of amplification.

Indoor drumlines, marching bands, and drum corps are using amplification to boost their front ensemble sound. This presents many problems for the educator and this article will help everyone figure out what would be best for all situations. You can find the article in our: Download Section


IPE Registration begins....
message posted: 02-10-2010 14:52

The registration period for the IPE Indoor Percussion 2011 Events has begun. Indoor Percussion units will be able to register for three events till November 15th. (Registration is free except for the UK Regional, in Burgess Hill there is a WGUK fee) IPE is very proud to present a full calendar with 5 events in the Netherlands, Belgium and England. The list of participating units will be published on our website as soon as the first units have registered.

IPE has launched 5 events for 2011 (Including a Clinic with European X in Amersfoort (Ned) and the Kick Off in Dadizele (B)). Like last year, IPE uses a online registrationform for registration on their website. (Download the IPE Policies for more registration information) The IPE management team hopes that the 2011 events will create a fantastic indoor percussion season throughout Europe.

More information about the IPE Regionals, the IPE European Championships and the registration procedure can be found: HERE


IPE Presents new logo and website!
message posted: 26-09-2010 21:02

IPE is proud to present our new logo. The logo is designed by graphic artist Giovanni Maes (B) and will be used for all IPE purposes. Thousands of people saw the new logo and lay out at the DCE European Championships in Kerkade last Saturday. Besides the logo, IPE changed and updated the website layout as well. IPE will also change the Championships flags for the IPE European Championships om March 19th 2011 in Doornik, Belgium.





2010-2011 IPE Calendar will be presented at DCE Championships
message posted: 23-09-2010 09:32

This Saturday, IPE will announce all dates for the upcomming winterseason. IPE is presenting 5 indoor percussion events in 2010 & 11! Check out the posters in and around the Parkstad Limburg Stadium, you can’t miss them! We are very excited to see you in Kerkrade (NED) at the DCE European Championships! Have a great weekend and good luck to all competing corps!


Alliance Indoor Percussion presents "The Lost Sign" in 2011
message posted: 15-09-2010 22:10

Alliance Indoor Percussion are proud to present there 2011 production “The Lost Sign” with music composed by Doug Rosener and the visual design by Jason Hawke and Steve Blakeley the show will depict musically and visually the lost sign of the zodiac “Ophiuchus” also known as “Serpentarius”. Anyone looking to march and be apart of AIP this winter please email aip2011@yahoo.co.uk or call (0044)-(0)-7888760378


IPE Champion Vintage Percussion presents "ADDICTION" in 2011
message posted: 27-08-2010 11:22

Vintage Percussion are pleased to announce their winter production for 2011 "ADDICTION". As current IPE & WGUK indoor percussion champions we will endeavour to further our progression with a concept that will explore the controversial vices of modern society......

If you are interested in experiencing our journey this winter then come along and meet us for a social gathering on the 11th September 2010. We will also be holding an open rehearsal weekend during our first camp of the season on Saturday 9th October 2010. For more information or to register your interest please email Adrian Jones at: adejones1@hotmail.com


Alliance Indoor Percussion (UK) Gain Evans Deal for 2011
message posted: 19-08-2010 13:43

Alliance Indoor Percussion are proud to announce that we will be exclusively using Evans Drum Heads this coming winter, Dave Tomlin "Assistant Director" said AIP have been looking to gain a head deal for the past 2 years and are really pleased that Evans are the brand that’s shown faith in us to promote there product to the European Indoor Percussion market. More information about Evans Drumheads can be found on: the Evans website


Robby Overvliet will be judging DCI World Class Finals
message posted: 14-08-2010 12:54

IPE Advisory Board Member Robby Overvliet will be judging the DCI World Class Finals tonight in Indianapolis USA. Robby will be "on the field" judging the Visual Performance caption. It is the first time that a non-North American will be judging on Finals night.

"I've worked many years for this assignment and invested so much to achieve this goal. This has always been my dream to judge on the most important night in Drum Corps. I feel great!." More information about DCI can be found on: the DCI website


IPE Champion Vintage Percussion (UK) announces Sabian Endorsement
message posted: 25-07-2010 11:53

Vintage Percussion from Bristol, UK, WGUK 2010 & IPE 2010 Indoor percussion champions are pleased to announce their Sabian Endorsement Agreement.

Over the past few weeks Bruce Parry from Sabian has been working with VP on the endorsement deal & both parties are pleased to now have this in place. VP have always had a cymbal line marching every season & love the Sabian cymbals that have helped them win 5 major titles over its 5 year existence. This endorsement will help VP to work with Sabian on new sounds, workshops & competitions for the forthcoming seasons. If you are interested in marching with Vintage this coming winter, please contact: Adrian Jones or Alan Payne


Percussion Unlimited presents: X-ite Me!
message posted: 06-07-2010 14:39

With their newest production X-ite Me!, the former IPE International Class Champion from Loon op Zand (NL) will focus on: Energy, Excitement and Sensation in 2011. With three rehearsals behind them, PU will start this summer with the arrangements. Would you like to be part of Percussion Unlimited in 2011? Please contact them at info@percussionunlimited.org and check out their website at www.percussionunlimited.org.


2nd open rehearsal EuropeanX (NED)
message posted: 24-06-2010 15:44

Coming Sunday June 27th, the second open rehearsal of EuropeanX will be held in Hoevelaken (Ned). At the end of the day the cast for the 2011 production will be selected. There will also be a small preview of the 2011 program. During the day there will not only be be sectional and ensemble rehearsals, but also a marching basics and dance block. If you are interested in marching, send an email to info@europeanx.org for more details. More information about EuropeanX can be found on: www.EuropeanX.org

Location: Sporthal Ridderspoor, Hoevelaken
Time: 10am till 5pm
Costs: EUR 5,00


Percussion Unlimited (NED) to WGI in 2012
message posted: 20-06-2010 14:59

Indoor percussion unit Percussion Unlimited from Loon op Zand in the netherlands will attend the 2012 WGI Percussion Championships in Dayton - Ohio. According to their website, the 2009 IPE Champion announces that the trip is part of a plan which was started in 2006.

PU will visit the US for a week and they are the second European Indoor Percussion unit who is attending the WGI Percussion Championships. They will perform in the Percussion A-Class which is the same class DrumSpirit (B) competed in last year. PU's main sponsor Majestic Percussion has already made the first contacts to help the unit when they arrive in Dayton. Indoor Percussion Europe is wishing all members and staff good luck at the Dayton Arena. This will be the experience of a lifetime!


2010 WGI Advisory Board Meeting Results
message posted: 26-05-2010 14:19

The beautiful city of Orlando played host to the Color Guard Advisory Board and Percussion Advisory Board meetings this past weekend. The Advisory Boards are made up of finalists from the 2010 World Championships.

"This past weekend showed the progressive and positive views of how instructors feel about the state of indoor color guard and percussion ensembles today and for the future," said Executive Director Ron Nankervis. "The open-minded approach of the Color Guard Advisory Board towards eliminating some of the rules in World Class in favor of knocking down creative barriers was matched by the Percussion Advisory Board in listening to new electronic sampling techniques through an interactive presentation by Tony Nunez from South Hills High School. We should encourage and celebrate these ideas that set the stage for the next generation of WGI." Both boards voted on several proposals posted prior to the meeting. Proposals which "pass" at this meeting are then sent on for final approval in July by the WGI Board of Directors before implementation.

See the Percussion Advisory Board proposal results here


2010 WGI Advisory Board Proposals Released
message posted: 11-05-2010 22:34

The 2010 WGI Color Guard and Percussion Advisory Board Meetings will be held beginning on Friday, May 21 at 8:30 pm in Orlando, Florida. Proposals from groups competing in WGI come before these two bodies that govern winter guard and indoor percussion. Any proposal passed will then be forwarded to the Board of Directors for final approval at their meeting July 9-10.

To see the proposals for the Percussion Advisory Board, click here


DrumSpirit Update: Home Sweet Home!
message posted: 20-04-2010 14:48

Update: DrumSpirit is finally home from the USA. Tonight at 7pm the group arrived in Dadizele. Family, friends and many supporters welcomed the group in their clubhouse after their USA tour. Due to the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano eruption last week, air traffic had been halted throughout most of Europe. Read all about DrumSpirit's USA Tour and their adventure after the WGI Percussion Championships on their BLOG (Dutch language). From all of us at IPE: WELCOME HOME!


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Update: DrumSpirit arrived at the Frankfurt Airport in Germany. They will depart for Brussels Airport at 15:50hrs. ETA in Dadizele (B) for a warm welcome will be round 19:00hrs.
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DrumSpirit from Dadizele - Belgium will not be flying back from America on Sunday april 18th. Due to the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano eruption on Wednesday, air traffic has been halted throughout most of Europe. DrumSpirit say they expect to be stranded in America for another week.

DrumSpirit has resorted to staying at a motel in Cleveland. "At the moment it looks like the next flight for the entire group has been scheduled from Newark, New York, on Monday, 26th April, getting them home to Brussels via Frankfurt on Tuesday, 27th April", the percussion ensemble from Dadizele states on their BLOG (Dutch language). The stranded drummers have asked their colleagues who stayed behind in Belgium to notify schools and their employers of the situation.

"In the coming hours we will be looking into how best to resolve this bizarre situation and keep up the team spirit", says DrumSpirit. The group advises people to keep an eye on their blog for updates and to avoid unnecessary calls to the emergency number. Tonight at 7 pm there will be a meeting in the clubhouse for those who stayed behind to discuss the situation.


2010 WGI Percussion World Champion: PULSE PERCUSSION
message posted: 18-04-2010 09:55

WGI Independent Marching World Class Results:
1 Pulse Percussion (Ontario, California) 96.375
2 Rhythm X (Columbus, Ohio) 96.250
3 Music City Mystique (Nashville, Tennessee) 95.513
4 Riverside Community College (Riverside, California) 94.100
5 Redline (Canton, Michigan) 92.500
6 United Percussion (Camden County, New Jersey) 91.975
7 Aimachi (Nagoya, Japan) 91.725
8 Matrix (Akron, Ohio) 88.175
9 Eastside Fury Perc (Harrison Twp, Michigan) 87.913
10 Blue Knights (Denver, Colorado) 86.888
11 North Coast Academy (Saginaw, Michigan) 86.625
12 Gateway Indoor (St. Louis, Missouri) 85.988
13 Timber Creek Independent (Orange County, Florida) 84.550
14 Infinity (Orlando, Florida) 83.275
15 Tyler Junior College (Tyler, Texas) 82.775


DrumSpirit captures 6th place in WGI Marching Class A Finals!
message posted: 17-04-2010 20:12

DrumSpirit Percussion Ensemble from Dadizele captured sixth place yesterday at the WGI Percussion Championships in Dayton, Ohio (USA). Although they were fourth in Prelims, DrumSpirit managed to capture the sixth place in Finals with a score of 87.500. Dojo Percussion won the Marching Class A title with a score of 93.038.

Visit Drumspirit's Blog (Dutch language) HERE an watch a short Interview with Giovanni Maes and Didier Rosez @ WGI.


DrumSpirit takes 4th place in Prelims!
message posted: 16-04-2010 06:59

DrumSpirit Percussion Ensemble from Dadizele was placed fourth yesterday at the WGI Percussion Championships in Dayton, Ohio (USA). Out of 19 Prelim competitors, DrumSpirit managed to reach the fourth place with a score of 88.300. Only Dojo Percussion, Salem Blue Devils and Craven scored better. Today the Top 10 will perform again in the Marching Class A Finals.

DrumSpirit can still go for the bronze medal because the gap with Craven is less than one tenth. (88.300 / 88.375) DrumSpirit will perform at 21.19 local time in the UD Arena tonight. Visit Drumspirit's Blog (Dutch language) HERE to follow them on their tour and get the latest updates!


WGI Percussion Championships today!
message posted: 15-04-2010 08:47

The WGI percussion week has begun. Final rehearsal schedules are set, bags are packed, and with tickets in hand, floods of people are making the trip to Dayton, Ohio (USA). The Nutter Center, and the University of Dayton Arena are in the midst of great transformations to highlight the efforts of so many performers who have worked for hours, days, weekends, and months to compete with the best groups from across the country and around the world.

WGI Percussion Program for Thursday, April 15 - Nutter Center
Percussion Independent A Prelims (With DrumSpirit)
Percussion Scholastic Concert Open Prelims
Percussion Scholastic Concert World Prelims
Percussion Scholastic Open Prelims

UD Arena
Percussion Scholastic A Prelims
Percussion Scholastic A Semi-Finals




DrumSpirit (B) arrived in the USA
message posted: 13-04-2010 19:23

The Belgian percussion ensemble DrumSpirit has arrived in the USA last Sunday to preprare for the WGI World Percussion Championships in Dayton, Ohio. The four-time DCE European Percussion Champion and former IPE European Champion is the first Belgian and European percussion unit who will be performing at the University of Dayton Arena from april 15th till 17th.

DrumSpirit arrived on april 11th in Cleveland and is enjoying the USA tour with several sight seeing trips and rehearsals. The USA tour will end in the University of Dayton Arena at the WGI World Percussion Championships on April 17th. DrumSpirit is scheduled to perform on Thursday april 15th at 11:45 AM in the Independent Marching A Class.

Visit Drumspirit's Blog (Dutch language) HERE to follow them on their tour and get the latest updates!


Over 130 Championships pictures online!
message posted: 07-04-2010 11:23

Thanks to Francois Deschacht, Maurice Groen and the many Facebook accounts all over the world, we can already show you over 130 pictures of the 2010 IPE European Championships! Do you have pictures of the IPE European Championships? Please send them to: info@indoorpercussioneurope.org Visit our Media Vault HERE to see them all!


IPE CHAMPS: VINTAGE, DRUMLINE NEW GENERATION & SOUTHERN AURORA!
message posted: 05-04-2010 20:28

Over 500 Indoor Percussion fans were able to enjoy top percussion on Sunday April 4th during the third edition of the IPE European Championships in Crawley (UK). In the "K2 Arena" IPE showcased the exhilarating performances of the most elite and exclusive indoor percussion ensembles in Europe! 10 competing units, a Dance & Body Movement Clinic by Tyler Junior College, a Meet & Greet with Banished Beyond, a fantastic Bassdrum Ensemble from the Senators bassline and a top notch performance of Tyler Junior College. The result: Huge standing ovations from the 500 spectators that had come to Crawley.

Drumline New Generation from Belgium were the masters in the European Marching Class. With a a score of 75.80 they blew away the competition. New Spirit from France ended up in second place (66.25), followed by Le Symphonic from France (59.85), who all made Finals.

In the International Marching Class five strong units competed: Vintage (UK), DrumSpirit (B), Unik Star (FRA), GOT MOTION (SWE) and Alliance (UK). Vintage topped the International Marching Class (89.05). DrumSpirit took silver (88.75) and Unik Star took the bronze (86,15). GOT Motion ended in fourth place (82.40) and Alliance ended fifth (74,90)

Southern Aurora from the UK took the title in the Concert Class. With a score of 75,80 they won over Music Black Show from France (62.50).

IPE European Championships Scores:

Concert Class: Finals (Independent Class A)
1 - 75.80 Southern Aurora (UK)
2 - 62.50 Music Black Show (Fra)

European Marching Percussion Class: Prelims (Independent Class A)
1 - 74.75 Drumline New Generation (B)
2 - 66.55 New Spirit (Fra)
3 - 58.55 Le Symphonic (Fra)

International Marching Percussion Class: Prelims (Independent Open Class)
1 - 85.75 Vintage (UK)
2 - 84.85 DrumSpirit (B)
3 - 82.70 Unik Star (Fra)
4 - 79.85 GOT Motion (Swe)
5 - 73.40 Alliance (UK)

European Marching Percussion Class: Finals (Independent Class A)
1 - 75.80 Drumline New Generation (B)
2 - 66.25 New Spirit (Fra)
3 - 59.85 Le Symphonic (Fra)

International Marching Percussion Class: Finals (Independent Open Class)
1 - 89.05 Vintage (UK)
2 - 88.75 DrumSpirit (B)
3 - 86.15 Unik Star (Fra)
4 - 82.40 GOT Motion (Swe)
5 - 74.90 Alliance (UK)

IPE would like to thank:

All competing units
All volunteers
DrumSpirit for hosting Tyler Junior College
Our special guests: Tyler Junior College, Banished Beyond and the Senators Bass Ensemble
Our Sponsors: Dynasty, InCorps, Muremo and Corps & Band
Our Partner: WGUK
Our DCE Judges
Jean Paul Ratajczak, Alan Thompson & Francois Deschacht
The Audience for making this percussion event incredible.

Visit our: IPE Championships Page for more information. Pictures and more articles/news will follow this week.


IPE office closed till Tuesday April 6th
message posted: 02-04-2010 19:57

The IPE office is packing up for an exciting indoor percussion weekend in England at the IPE/WGUK European Championships in Crawley. For urgent matters you can use the phonenumber which is mentioned in the IPE Draft. There are still tickets left! Tickets for the 2010 IPE European Championships can be purchased at the door in Crawley. (£ 12.50 a piece) IPE wishes good luck to all the competing units this weekend. The office will re-open on Tuesday, April 6 at 8:30 am. See you in Crawley!


IPE presents a meet & greet with: BANISHED BEYOND!
message posted: 31-03-2010 21:47

IPE is proud to present the most mysterious snaredrummer in the world: Banished Beyond! Banished Beyond will attend the IPE European Championships exclusively for IPE. This is your chance to meet the most funniest snaredrummer ever. All you have to do is visit the IPE European Championships in Crawley this Sunday and there will be a meet and greet with Banished Beyond. You can have your picture taken with him, recieve his authograph and maybe you can play some cool licks with him!

More information about Banished Beyond can be found on Banished YouTube Channel, Banished Facebook Page or the InCorps website. (Banished Beyond has his own Ask an Expert Project on the InCorps website). See you in Crawley!!!!!


Banished Beyond


Dance & Body Movement Clinic presented by TJC during the IPE Championships
message posted: 31-03-2010 10:42

IPE is proud to present a very unique dance and body movement clinic. Tyler Junior College (TJC) Dance instructor Kalman Trotter and TJC director Tom McGowan will be doing this clinic entitled "Technique for hands and feet". Kalem and Tom will be focusing on the growing situation of body movements and dance. Indoor drumlines, Marching Bands, and Drum corps are using more and more dance and body movement to expand their creative horizon and set new standards on te field. This clinic presents many ideas and techniques for the educator and of course the members.

The clinic is part of the IPE Championships and can only be entered with a IPE European Championships ticket. (£12.50 at the door)


Göteborg Drum Corps introduces GOT Motion
message posted: 30-03-2010 14:29

The 2010 season has many new and exciting things in store for the 2009 IPE European Champion. The Göteborg Drum Corps show "The Thrill of the Chase" takes a big step into the future with a brand new show and a brand new sound. We thank our marching mallets for many years of great service and welcome our new large and electrified front ensemble. Göteborg Drum Corps is proud to introduce GOT Motion, the first indoor percussion ensemble in Sweden. GOT Motion will be competing in the IPE European Championships in Crawley, England on April 4th.


Timetable IPE European Championships online
message posted: 30-03-2010 14:07

The Timetable for the IPE European Championships in Crawley (UK) on Sunday April 4th is online. Please visit the Event Page and click on IPE European Championships to find all the information you'll need.


Centerville HS cancels European Tour
message posted: 29-03-2010 22:06

IPE regrets to inform you that Centerville High School Winter Drumline will not be performing at the IPE European Championships this Sunday in Crawley - UK.

"Centerville HS is honored to have been invited to the Indoor Percussion Championships 2010", says Tim Fairbanks of Centerville HS. "Our initial plans to come to Europe for this amazing experience included plane tickets that were affordable for our program. With the merge of Delta and Northwest this spring, ticket prices skyrocketed and became prohibitive to our financial budgeting. We regret that we were not able to attend IPE this year but send our best wishes to everyone involved, including Tyler Junior College and all of the competing European percussion ensembles!"


Jubal, New Spirit and Southern Aurora win Contest Dadizele
message posted: 28-03-2010 22:11

Jubal Indoor Percussion (International Marching Class), New Spirit (European Marching Class) and Southern Aurora (Concert Class) have won the IPE Contest in Dadizele. Over 150 people witnessed the performances of 6 competing units from the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium and France.

The audience loved the performances, including US World Class drumline Tyler Junior College (TJC) who arrived this morning at 8 AM. TJC performed their show "Bolero and Beyond" twice for the audience and the members of all performing units. In the next few days, TJC will do some city trips to Brussels, Bruges and Paris. But the main focus will be on the European Indoor Percussion Championships in Crawley - England on Sunday april 4th.

Pictures can be found in our: Media Vault (Thanks to Francois Deschacht and Geert Vanmaeckelberghe. More pictures (also from other IPE events) can be on: www.drum-mag.be.cx All Judges audio files are online on the DCE Document Manager.

IPE Contest Dadizele Results:

Concert Percussion Class (Independent Class A)
1 - 72.60 Southern Aurora (UK)
2 - 63.40 Music Black Show (Fra)

European Marching Percussion Class (Independent Class A)
1 - 66.30 New Spirit (Fra)
2 - 54.10 Le Symphonic (Fra)

International Marching Percussion Class (Independent Open Class)
1 - 91.50 Jubal Indoor Percussion (Ned)
2 - 82.15 DrumSpirit (B)


Tyler Junior College arrived in Europe
message posted: 28-03-2010 06:13

The members of Tyler Junior College are in Europe. They arrived this morning in Brussels - Belgium. Today they will be performing at the IPE Contest in Dadizele (B) and tomorrow the rehearsals and preparations for the IPE European Championships will begin.

In the next few days, Tyler Junior College will do some city trips to Brussels, Bruges and Paris. But the main focus will be on the European Indoor Percussion Championships in Crawley - England on Sunday april 4th. Tickets for the IPE European Championships will be available at the K2 Arena in Crawley.


CGN Indoor Percussion Champion: European X!
message posted: 27-03-2010 11:48

Last night, CGN's Main Event for Color Guard and Indoor Percussion in the Netherlands was held for the sixth time in Eindhoven. 61 (!) Color Guards perform in Indoor Sportcentrum and 10 Indoor Percussion units tried to capture one of the CGN Championship titles.

Indoor Percussion Results:
MARCHING OPEN FINALS
90.20 (0.00) European X
88.70 (0.45) Jubal
87.40 (0,00) Vintage
84.45 (0,00) Percussion Unlimited
75.85 (0,00) Advendo

CONCERT OPEN FINALS
83.3 (0,0) CMH Hattem

STANDSTILL OPEN FINALS
83.60 (0,0) DrumSquad
83.10 (0,0) Premier
69.80 (0,0) Southern Aurora

More information can be found at: CGN


DrumSpirit (B) brings Hypnotia to WGI World Percussion Championships
message posted: 26-03-2010 08:46

The Belgian percussion ensemble DrumSpirit is invited to attend the WGI World Percussion Championships in Dayton, Ohio. The four-time European Percussion Champion is the first Belgian and European percussion unit who will be performing at the University of Dayton Arena from april 15th till 17th.

DrumSpirit will start their USA tour on april 11th in Cleveland and it will end in the University of Dayton Arena at the WGI World Percussion Championships on April 17th. Indoor Percussion Europe is very proud and excited about this trip and is wishing all members and staff good luck. This will be the experience of a lifetime!


Dynasty USA strengthens its relationship with RhythmX!
message posted: 18-03-2010 13:37

The 2008 & 2009 WGI Independent World Champions have been a force in indoor percussion for a long time now. RhythmX switched to Dynasty for its ensemble in 2004. Since then the group has won two gold medals,two silver medals, and a bronze. The RhythmX ensemble will be reaching for a third gold medal in a row this April at WGI World Championships.

“RhythmX is excited to extend our relationship with Dynasty. Since we have made the switch to Dynasty in 2004 we have had the best products and service that is second to none.I have never worked with a percussion company that offers such personalized service. The Dynasty team is constantly working with us and other leading ensembles to make a superior product even better. The new drums we have this year at RhythmX have depth and articulation that no other company can match or come close to. The unique custom finish and the craftsmanship that went into these drums is unbelievable. The new Dynasty drums allow the members of RhythmX to perform at their best with a product that exceeds our expectations. Dynasty has just finished a new carrier design that is ahead of its time. The new carrier eliminates the J-bar system and replaces it with a state of the art mounting system. This mounting system makes it very easy for the members to attach and detach the drums multiple times in our 2010 production. When the design staff took a look at this new system began to think of ways to use the drums as an actual stage for the performers. What other carrier on the market would provide the strength needed to send a member running across the tops of the drums?" said Craig Dunn executive director of RhythmX.

“We are excited about our continued relationship with RhythmX. The educators and design staff at Rhythm X are the best in the business. Tim Fairbanks, Andrew Markworth, Tim Jackson, and Craig Dunn are constantly changing the game to put the ensemble on top year after year." said Mark Reynolds ,Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Dynasty.


New design for the 2010 IPE Champions flags
message posted: 17-03-2010 13:00

Indoor Percussion Europe is proud to present the new Champions flags for 2010. The flags have been designed by graphic artist Giovanni Maes from Belgium. After the fantastic designs from last year we've asked Giovanni to design new flags for 2010.

"The Championship flags represent the dynamic, modern and glamerous world of indoor percussion", says Erwin van Gemert of IPE. "We are very happy with the new designs and we want to thank Giovanni for his artwork". The new flags will be presented to the winners of each class at the IPE European Championships in Crawley (UK) on Sunday april 4th. Click HERE to see the new designs!


Timetable contest Dadizele online
message posted: 17-03-2010 08:52

The Timetable for the IPE Contest in Dadizele (B) on Sunday March 28th is online. Please visit the Event Page and click on Contest Dadizele to find all the information you'll need.


IPE Exclusive Interview with Tom McGowan (Director of Tyler Junior College)
message posted: 12-03-2010 13:05

The only chance to see Tyler Junior College (TJC) Indoor Drumline's new show "BOLERO AND BEYOND" in the Mainland Europe Region is at the IPE Contest in Dadizele, Belgium on March 28th! Otherwise you'll have to visit the UK because TJC is also one of our special guests from the United States who will perform at the IPE European Indoor Percussion Championships on April 4th in Crawley, UK. To give you more insight in TJC, IPE is proud to present an exclusive interview with TJC Director Tom McGowan. Click here to read the full interview!


No Indoor Percussion units at Contest Burgess Hill (UK)
message posted: 12-03-2010 12:29

Due to the withdrawal of units from the scheduled IPE Indoor Percussion contest on Sunday 14th March, which was to form part of the WGUK Contest at Burgess Hill, it has been decided to cancel this event. The Winterguard contest will still be taking place as normal with 19 units competing across the 4 classes.

The IPE European Indoor Percussion Championships (which will incorprate the British Championships) takes place on Sunday 4th April at the K2 Arena in Crawley and tickets can be pre-ordered on line via both the WGUK and IPE websites.


Jubal, Drumline New Generation and Music Black Show win Contest Estaimpuis
message posted: 07-03-2010 21:26

Jubal Indoor Percussion (International Marching Class), Drumline New Generation (European Marching Class) and Showband Music Black Show (Concert Class) have won the IPE Contest in Estaimpuis. Over 200 people witnessed the performances of 8 units from the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium and France. Pictures can be found in our: Media Vault (Thanks to Francois Deschacht of Corps and Band) All Judges audio files are also online on the DCE Document Manager.

Concert Percussion Class (Independent Class A)
1 - 60.25 Music Black Show (Fra)

European Marching Percussion Class (Independent Class A)
1 - 72.0 Drumline New Generation (B)
2 - 61.0 Le Symphonic (Fra)
3 - 57.2 New Spirit (Fra)

International Marching Percussion Class (Independent Open Class)
1 - 79.7 Jubal Indoor Percussion (Ned)
2 - 75.0 Vintage (UK)
3 - 74.6 Unik Star (Fra)
4 - 65.1 Alliance (UK)


WGI European Percussion Regional
message posted: 06-03-2010 15:06

On Saturday March 6th the WGI European Regional for percussion will be held in Goes (Ned). Eight units will compete in the Standstill Class and Marching Independent A-Class.

Competing units in the Marching Independent A-Class are Jubal Indoor Percussion, Alliance, European X, Advendo, Vintage, Unik Star and Percussion Unlimited. In the Standstill Class there is one performing unit: Premier. The Prelims begin at 15.00hrs and the Finals (all performing units are in Finals competition as well) at 19.40hrs. Besides the percussion units, there are also ten color guards units performing.


IPE now on Twitter
message posted: 03-03-2010 13:26

Indoor Percussion Europe now has its own Twitter account. Leading up to the IPE European Championships we will be 'twittering' the latest news bits on a regular basis.

Users are able to share their daily activities in messages of maximum 140 characters via the immensely popular Twitter. As a 'follower' of the tweets you can personalize your settings on whether to receive these via your smartphone, your own Twitter page or per email. As a follower of IPE you are informed of the latest news in the weeks leading up to the European Championships. After this the tweets will be scaled down somewhat. If you want to track IPE just go to: www.twitter.com/IPEurope. The messages will be sent in English.



Location & venue for IPE Contest on Sunday, March 28th settled in Dadizele, Belgium
message posted: 25-02-2010 22:00

Indoor Percussion Europe (IPE) has settled the location and venue of the IPE Contest on Sunday March 28th. The organisation has decided that the contest will be held in the Polyvalente Loods in Dadizele, Belgium.

“The last couple of months we have worked very hard to find a suitable venue for our units”, Erwin van Gemert of IPE says. “Because of several reasons beyond our control we had to delay our announcement, but we are very happy that we can present this wonderful venue. With the performances of 6 European Indoor Percussion units and of course our American guests Tyler Junior College, this event is also going to be great!”.


Timetable Contest Estaimpuis online.
message posted: 22-02-2010 22:58

The Timetable for the IPE Contest in Estaimpuis on Sunday March 7th is online. Please visit the Event Page and click on Contest Estaimpuis to find all the information you'll need.


New design for IPE Championships Banner & Poster.
message posted: 21-02-2010 20:48

Indoor Percussion Europe is proud to present the new banner and poster for the 2010 IPE European Indoor Percussion Championships in Crawley (UK) on Sunday April 4th. The banner and poster have been designed by graphic artist Giovanni Maes. Indoor Percussion Europe is inviting all units to place this banner on their website to promote Europe's Biggest Indoor Percussion Event.

Check out the new designs: HERE




Very succesful first edition of the IPE KICK OFF
message posted: 14-02-2010 22:13

Over 120 Indoor Percussion fans were able to enjoy the first edition of the IPE KICK OFF on Saturday February 13th in Dadizele (B).

IPE presented 4 events during this day. In the Polyvalente Loods (DrumSpirit Clubhouse) 9 I&E performers showcased their talents. DrumSpirit and Drumline New Generation presented their new programs and DCE judges Theo van den Elshout and Marco Harder explained the General Effect and Performance Analyses captions. Erwin van Gemert of IPE explained the mission, future and classifications of IPE. After the presentations the audience watched the 2009 WGI Percussion World Championships on a big screen. During the IP Party people enjoyed their drinks and made new friends for the furure. IPE would like to thank all performers, Marco Harder, Theo van den Elshout and DrumSpirit for their cooperation.

I&E Results can be found on our: KICK OFF Page
KICK OFF Pictures can be found in our: Media Vault


Unik Star 2010: ALIVE
message posted: 14-02-2010 12:57

Unik Star from Hellemmes (Fra) is proud to announce their 2010 program "Alive". The show will use ideas and music inspired by life and emotions. Unik Star will perform music from popular and contrasting genres. Enhancing the dynamics of the production with rhythm, energy and tempo, Unik Star will produce a fast paced, high energy illustration and scores that will elevate them to the next level.

Unik Star made great progression over the last months with the help of Tony Nunez, Kevin Shah and Clark Gardner. During 2010, Unik Star will be performing at IPE events and the WGI European Regional Show.

Unik Star Staffteam 2010
Concept Designers: David Lemant & Benoit Sueur
Music Designers: Pierre Lignée, Kevin Shah, David Lemant
Visual & Drill Designers: Tony Nunez, Kevin Shah, Benoit Sueur
Teaching and arrangments by David Lemant, Benoit Sueur, Arnaud Taton, Jerome Capoen
Music consulting: Clark Gardner
Unik Star Equipment: Vancore Percussion Instruments, Vic Firth drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, Zildjian, M-Audio & Apple




KICK OFF Updates: Timetable online - Marco Harder will judge the I&E Competition
message posted: 10-02-2010 10:57

This Saturday IPE will start the Indoor Percussion season with the 2010 IPE KICK OFF in Dadizele (B). We've added the timetable on our special KICK OFF Page for you to download. IPE is also proud to announce the I&E judge for this Saturday. DCE Captionhead Music and Percussion Judge Marco Harder will be judging the I&E Competition. With the I&E Competition, two Preview performances, the DCE Judging sessions, the WGI Big Screen Showcase and the IP Party, this is going to be an event you don't wanna miss! Don't hesitate and come to Dadizele to celebrate the new Indoor Percussion Season.


Ticketsale IPE European Championships started!
message posted: 08-02-2010 22:53

IPE and WGUK have started the ticketsale for Europe's biggest Indoor Percussion Event, the 2010 IPE European Championships in Crawley (UK) on Sunday april 4th. Order your IPE Championships Presale Tickets today and witness the best indoor percussion ensembles in Europe and two WGI World Champions! Tickets for the IPE contests are only available at the door. To order your Championships Presale tickets please visit our IPE Ticket Page


KICK OFF UPDATE: WGI 2009 World Championships on our BIG screen!
message posted: 05-02-2010 17:50

The IPE KICK OFF is only one week away and IPE is going to update this event almost daily! Today we'll bring you news about the WGI 2009 Percussion World Championships DVD showcase. IPE is delighted to have the official WGI approval to present the world's best indoor percussion units on our BIG screen!

After the IPE European Championships, IPE guest NorthCoast Academy went back to the States to perform at the World Class Percussion Finals. Together with Rhythm X, RCC, Music City Mystique, Matrix, Pulse and all the other World Class units they demonstrated their incredible skills. Want to see how what they did last year? Don't miss it and come to the IPE KICK OFF! Visit our KICK OFF Page for more information.


The Rhythm (IRE) and Legion Star (UK) withdraw from competition
message posted: 27-01-2010 12:43

The Rhythm Percussion Ensemble from Dublin (Ire) and Legion Star Percussion Ensemble from Crawley (UK) will not perform at one of the 2010 IPE Events. Due to funding and other reasons, The Rhythm and Legion Star decided to cancel all performances for 2010. IPE regrets their decision and is looking forward to welcome them again in the near future.


Performance Analyses, GE & IPE Info sessions during IPE Kick Off
message posted: 25-01-2010 22:22

Indoor Percussion Europe (IPE) presents the 2010 Season Kick Off in Dadizele (B) on Saturday February 13th. On this day IPE presents 4 events for the true percussion fans throughout Europe! Besides the I&E competition, preview performances and a big party to finish the day, IPE invites all musicians, staff and other persons who are interested to attend these 3 specific sessions.

The first session is about the Performance Analyses (PA) caption and is presented by DCE Percussion judge and Music Caption Head Marco Harder. Marco will discuss matters such as Composition and Performance and explain the ‘how’ and ‘what’ within these captions.

The second session is about the General Effect (GE) caption and is presented by DCE GE judge Theo van den Elshout. Theo will discuss matters such as; What is GE?, How do I use or add GE in my program?, What musical/visual elements do I need to create an effective and entertaining program. Is there a successful communication of a unit’s identity and message through the quality blend of creativity and performance? How do my performers connect with the audience?

Finally, the IPE Information session provides percussion units with advice and support for making decisions regarding IPE Classifications, IPE Rules, Policies and regulations and other important matters. If you’re having questions about the IPE Competition or you're still unsure about which classification to choose, how to compete or want to find out more about a particular area of IPE, then attend the IPE Information session. Sessions are free to attend and open for everybody.

Visit our KICK OFF Page for more information.


I&E / Preview registration is closed
message posted: 06-01-2010 10:33

With 11 I&E performers and 2 preview performances registered, the IPE KICK OFF is going to be hot! Performers from England, France, Belgium and the United States will showcase their talents at the Individuals & Ensembles. More information about the KICK OFF will follow soon.

Indoor Percussion Europe presents the 2010 Season Kick Off in Dadizele (B) on Saturday February 13th. On this day IPE is proud to present 4 events for the true percussion fans throughout Europe!

- Individuals & Ensembles Competition for Percussion
- Information Seminars
- IP Preview Performances
- IP Party 3

Visit our KICK OFF Page for more information.


Second beginning for De Eendracht (Ned)
message posted: 05-01-2010 10:48

De Eendracht from St. Willebrord (Ned) is no longer active. De group who performed last year at the IPE Championships has made a new start under the name Percussiongroep Questionmark. According to their new website, the organisation will be ready in november 2010 with a new show to perform and compete at CGN and IPE in 2011. More information can be found on: www.percussiongroep-questionmark.nl


Music Black Show (Fra) presents: Studio4
message posted: 05-01-2010 09:50

Music Black Show from La Gorgue (Fra) and his president, Gregory Carreiro, are pleased to announce their 2010 show "Studio4". Studio4 will be a new challenge and a new experience for this french indoor percussion unit who will perform at the IPE Contest in Belgium, France and at the IPE European Championships in Crawley, UK.

In preparation for their first winter season, Music Black Show (registered in the IPE Concert Class this year) will present 3 popular film arrangements and a harmonic original opener. Members and Staff are working very hard to prepare "Studio 4" and they are very excited to enter the IPE 2010 Competition.

More information can be gained at: musicblackshow@hotmail.fr




Happy Holidays from Indoor Percussion Europe
message posted: 03-01-2010 17:44

To all our Fans, Friends, Partners, Volunteers, Members and Educators. Thank you for making 2009 a fantastic year, we are looking forward to make 2010 even better! Happy Holidays from everyone at Indoor Percussion Europe.


Happy Holidays from Indoor Percussion Europe!
message posted: 24-12-2009 13:43

To all our Fans, Friends, Partners, Volunteers, Members and Educators. Thank you for making 2009 a fantastic year, we are looking forward to make 2010 even better! Happy Holidays from everyone at Indoor Percussion Europe.


A look into the future with Top Secret Drum Corps (SWI)
message posted: 13-12-2009 22:51

After their spectacular performance at the 2008 IPE European Championships, Top Secret Drum Corps from Switzerland went back to Basel with new ideas, friends and a new approach for the future. Top Secret Drum Corps is a true ambassador of percussion in Europe for many years. Over the last two years they performed in South Africa, the Edinburgh Tattoo and the Basel Tattoo. In 2010 Top Secret is invited to perform in Sydney at the Australian Tattoo. Just one month ago Top Secret presented 'Top Secret - The Show'. The history of the Top Secret Drum Corps is packed in a uniquestage show. From November 26th to 28th all active and former members joined together to the gigantic Top Secret Drum corps family and let the career of the corps happen in a 90-minute show revue.

3 Rhythm X snaredrummers involved with Top Secret


Three members of the two-time WGI World Champion Rhythm X from Columbus, Ohio (US) have performed with Top Secret from 2008. Jared Thomas, Matt Raynor and Ted Leith began their marching careers in the US.

Jared Thomas marched in Carolina Crown (03 & 04), Bluecoats (05 &06) and marched 4 years with Rhythm X. He is an instructor on the percussion staff at Centerville High School who will be performing at the 2010 IPE European Championships in Crawley (UK).

Matt Raynor marched in Carolina Crown (01 & 02), the Crossmen (04), the Glassmen (05 & 06) and marched with Rhythm X in 2007. Matt is currently the percussion director for Maiden High School and East Lincoln High School.

Ted Leigh began marching for DCI in 2006 with the Oregon Crusaders, in 2007 and 2008 he marched for the Cavaliers. In 2007 - 2009 he marched with Rhythm X In 2010, Ted will be marching Rhythm X again and is promoted as the battery section leader for the Rhythm X drumline.

IPE and Top Secret are working very close to promote the indoor percussion activity throughout Europe in the near future. More information about Top Secret Drum Corps can be found here: www.TopSecret.ch.


Unik Star will present their new program in 2010
message posted: 13-12-2009 21:28

Unik Star Percussion Ensemble from Hellemmes (Fra) will announce their new 2010 program in February 2010. The program, written by Pierre Lignée, Benoit Sueur and David Lemant, will have a high quality. The 2010 staff wants to keep the suspense for this new production.

Unik Star is also exploring a new adventure with teaching methods and many rehearsals are on the 2009 Schedule. Unik Star will participate at the WGI Regional in Goes (NL) and will perform at three IPE Events. The staff has been upgraded with 3 American instructors for this season: Clark Gardner comming in October and November for 3 weeks. Tony Nunez and Kevin Shah will teach the group in December. Clark, Tony and Kevin are designers, arrangers and clinicians in the United States and teach many indoor and outdoor units such as; Pulse Percussion, Arcadia High School, Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps. More information about Unik Star can be found on: www.unikstar.com.


First I&E and Preview registrations online!
message posted: 09-12-2009 08:48

Indoor Percussion Europe (IPE) presents the 2010 Season Kick Off in Dadizele (B) on Saturday February 13th. On this day IPE is proud to present 4 events for the true percussion fans throughout Europe!

- Individuals & Ensembles Competition for Percussion
- Information Seminars
- IP Preview Performances
- IP Party 3

IPE is proud to present the first I&E and Preview registrations. The Senators Bassline from Eastleigh, UK will perform in the Bass Drum Ensemble Competition, Paulee Brown from the USA will perform drumset, Richard Gaetan from France will perform on Tenor and Bernd Coene from Belgium will perform on Marimba. Besides the I&E Competition we also registered two indoor percussion ensembles who will perform at the IPE Preview. Drumline New Generation and Drumspirit will present their new show for 2010.

Visit our KICK OFF Page for more information or to register for the I&E Competition or Preview!


IPE Contest & Championships registration closed
message posted: 30-11-2009 22:50

Online registration for the IPE Contests and the IPE European Championships is now officially closed. IPE is very proud to present 35 performances over 4 competition events including 15 units at the IPE European Championships in Crawley, UK! Indoor Percussion units from England, Sweden, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and the United States of America will compete in Europe to win the IPE European Indoor Percussion Titles.

Now that the registration is closed for the IPE contests and the Championships, IPE will focus on the IPE Kick Off on February 13th in Dadizele, Belgium. This week IPE will announce the first registrations for the I&E Competition and the indoor percussion preview performances. (I&E registration will be open untill January 2010) IPE will also announce more details about the Seminars which will be held also on this day. More information can be found on our: IPE KICK-OFF Page


DrumSpirit enters the IPE Competition
message posted: 30-11-2009 20:26

IPE is very proud to announce a new indoor percussion unit who will enter the IPE Competition! DrumSpirit Percussion Ensemble from Dadizele, Belgium will perform at the IPE Contest in France and the IPE European Championships in Crawley. DrumSpirit is 3-times DCE Percussion Class Champion and won the 2008 IPE European Marching Class title. Like last year, DrumSpirit is competing in the International Marching Percussion Class. IPE is very pleased to welcome DrumSpirit at IPE.

For the latest event updates please visit our: Event Info Page


Vintage Percussion announces partnership with Premier Drums
message posted: 30-11-2009 20:14

Vintage Percussion (2008 CGN Champions, 2008 2009 WGUK Champions) are delighted to start their 2010 season with their new PREMIER drums, working closely with Sven Parris of Premier & Greville Hodgson, Vintage have taken the next step forward to enhance their show by using the new "REVOLUTION SERIES" Drums. VINTAGE are proud to be the first endorsers of the new PREMIER drums within the indoor marching scene & are looking forward to the highly competitive 2010 season in CGN, IPE & WGUK.


The Rhythm (IRE) and Jubal (NED) enter the IPE Competition
message posted: 27-11-2009 10:31

IPE is very proud to announce and welcome two new indoor percussion units who will make their debute in the IPE Competition! The Rhythm Percussion Ensemble from Dublin Ireland will perform in the European Marching Class at the IPE Contest in France and the IPE European Championships in Crawley (UK).

Jubal Indoor Percussion from Dordrecht, The Netherlands will perform in the International Marching Percussion Class at the IPE Contest in Estaimpuis and the IPE Contest in France. (Both registrations are under reserve) For several years Jubal’s drumline has been among the top of the Dutch and European units. In 2010 they will present their program “Breathe”. In this show, everything is centred around the phenomenon “breathing”. IPE is very pleased to welcome The Rhythm and Jubal at IPE.

For the latest event updates please visit our: Event Info Page


European X organizes open-rehearsal with Rhythm X Staffmembers
message posted: 25-11-2009 09:33

Sunday November 29th the Indoor Perussion Unit ‘European-X’ (Ned) will organize a special open-rehearsal with Rhythm X Staffmembers Craig Dunn and Tim Jackson. Between 13:30 and 17:00 everybody is more than welcome at Sporthal de Slag in Hoevelaken to see both Americans at work with the members and staff of the (new) European-X unit. Especially for European-X, Craig and Tim will fly over to the Netherlands to do a three-day camp session, this last weekend of november. And more camps will follow in 2010.

The frequent visits of the Rhythm-X staffteam to the Netherlands is part of the strategic collaboration between both units. This collaboration also concernes the writing of the book (both visual and music), endorsements, the sharing of know-how and the production and organization of clinics and open-rehearsals. This collaboration between both European and American units is therefore absolutely unique! Everybody is welcome on Sunday 29 november. Tickets are available at the door, ticketprice: 5 euro per person. It’s not possible to book tickets in advance. More information can be found on: www.EuropeanX.org


2008 WGI Open Class World Champion Tyler Jr. College @ two IPE events!
message posted: 23-11-2009 19:53

Dynasty and Muremo Music is proud to announce that Tyler Jr. College, of Tyler Texas (USA) will be going to Europe. The group will be travelling over there in April of 2010 to attend the IPE Contest in France on Sunday March 28th and the Indoor Percussion Europe Championships in Crawley (UK) on Sunday April 4th. The groups director, Tom McGowen has built the program from nothing to earning a world championship in the last three years. The group has made WGI Finals every year and won the WGI Open Class World Championship in 2008 with their show "Body Language".


Picture: wgi.org

" We are proud to have Tyler Jr. College represent Dynasty at the Indoor Percussion Europe Championships in April. The progress they have made in the last three years has been amazing and I know they will have great information to offer the European indoor community." said Mark Reynolds VP Sales & Marketing for Dynasty USA." We would like to thank Jean Paul Ratajczak of Dynasty Europe and Muremo Music for making this trip a reality for them."

For the latest event updates please visit our: Event Info Page


GET INVOLVED! with IPE
message posted: 18-11-2009 09:17

IPE owes the success and existence of our organization to the countless hours of hard work contributed by volunteers committed to build a European Indoor Percussion Platform/Circuit. Volunteering at a Indoor Percussion Europe event is a great way to meet others who are passionate about indoor percussion and positively contribute to today's youth and the leaders of tomorrow. GET INVOLVED! with IPE and work with some of the finest indoor percussion units, musicians and other volunteers. Being involved, making a difference and help us build a European competition - it could be you - GET INVOLVED with IPE!

Contact IPE Staff Manager Maurice Groen for information on volunteering at IPE events or other available volunteer opportunities.


Göteborg Drum Corps enters the IPE Competition
message posted: 13-11-2009 17:04

IPE is very proud to announce a new indoor percussion unit who will enter the IPE Competition! Göteborg Drum Corps from Göteborg, Sweden will perform at the IPE European Championships in Crawley. Göteborg Drum Corps is the defending IPE Champion in the European Marching Percussion Class but decided to move up to the International Marching Percussion Class. Göteborg Drum Corps recieved a wildcard to perform only at the IPE European Championships.

For the latest event updates please visit our: Event Info Page


Centerville HS Winter Drumline will perform at the 2010 IPE European Championships!
message posted: 09-11-2009 19:39

The Centerville High School Winter Drumline (Centerville, OH USA) will be traveling to Europe this Spring to compete in the 2010 Indoor Percussion Europe Championships in Crawley, England. The group will consist of approximately 50 High School students and the trip is coordinated to align with Spring Break from March 31-April 11, 2010. While rehearsing for and competing at the Championships, the group will also have the opportunity to visit the historic and educational cities of Brugges, Amsterdam, London and Paris, providing an experience of a lifetime for the students.


Picture: wgi.org

"With Centerville High School as our specials guests, we are certain that the European directors, designers and fans will experience what indoor percussion is all about!". says Erwin van Gemert of Indoor Percussion Europe. "Centerville High School will have a great experience here in Europe sight seeing and spreading good will throughout the indoor percussion community with clinics and shows in many different venues all over Europe and the UK. We are very excited and more than happy to welcome them at our European Championships in Crawley (UK)on April 4th!".

The Centerville Winter Drumline was selected as the ambassador for US Indoor Percussion based on their many years of success in Winter Guard International Percussion Championships. Centerville has been a WGI Finalist 11 times, winning the Gold Medal in Scholastic Open Class in 1999 and the Gold Medal in Scholastic World Class in 2004.

‘We are extremely excited and honored to have been selected to participate in this International Percussion Competition. I know that our students will never forget this experience and our community is very proud that the Centerville Winter Drumline is an International Ambassador for the Arts.” says Tim Fairbanks, Marching Percussion Director. Centerville HS Winter Drumline would like to thank the following sponsors, whose continuing support of the group will help make this trip a reality: Dynasty, Innovative Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, Muremo Music, FJM and the Centerville Band Boosters.


Your news on the IPE website?
message posted: 06-11-2009 14:43

The news page on the IPE website welcomes a large group of visitors each day. You can reach all these people by submitting news from your indoor percussion unit or organisation to our editorial staff. You can send as much news as you want as long as it is related to indoor percussion.

Submit your news for publication on the IPE website: HERE.


2nd IPE Advisory Board meeting held in Dordrecht
message posted: 05-11-2009 10:19

Indoor Percussion Europe held his second Percussion Advisory Board meeting on November 4th in Dordrecht. Percussion advisors/specialists discussed matters/topics like education, organisation, contests and judging for the upcomming European Indoor Percussion Season.

The Advisory Board consists of some of the most prominent and relevant percussion/visual specialists from the moment, such as Robby Overvliet, Marc Maerien, Bart Tienpont, Maurice Groen, Marco Harder, Erik de Vries, Coen Theuwis, Bruce Vrancken, Ramon Opmeer, Bob Thomas, among others. The Advisory Board Meetings intends to serve as a launching platform for exchanging opinions, proposals and ideas for the future of IPE and the European Indoor Percussion activity.

 



JUBAL (NL) presents: JUBAL INDOOR PERCUSSION
message posted: 02-11-2009 08:28

For many years it has been the wish of our staff and members of the Jubal drumline to participate in the indoor percussion circuit during the winter months. After a great many talks, discussions, meetings, a lot of planning, writing and debating budgets this wish will now become reality. Jubal will have its own indoor percussion unit, carrying the clear and effective name of “Jubal Indoor Percussion”. This winter Jubal will enter several competitions of the CGN and IPE circuits. The unit will perform the spectacular production of “Breathe”.

For several years Jubal’s drumline has been among the top of the Dutch and European units. It was time to extend the possibilities and capacities of the unit. “The winter months are primarily used for studying new exercises, which sometimes becomes monotonous or even boring. Studying a completely new show has created a fantastic challenge to spend the winter months in a very effective and useful way”, says staff coordinator Ramon Opmeer. Members get a lot of new experience and knowledge while studying an indoor percussion show, which will obviously benefit our summer programme as well. All members that will be marching in the 2010 corps, will also be involved in the indoor percussion circuit. Staff expects that thanks to the indoor percussion programme the overall quality of the corps’ drumline will get better and better. From all members kick in a few extra euros to make this project possible.

Jubal’s new captionhead percussion Ruben Lourens: “Normally our Jubal staff members always create and write our own shows, but this being a completely new phenomenon for the corps, we decided to find the expertise in America.” Together with American creative staff John Mapes and Ion Grom of the design team “Box Six” a programme was found carrying the title “Breathe”. The drill will be written by our own visual staff members Robin Bogert and Matt Thompson. The corps’ advantage is that Jubal has access to all its own necessary components: members, instructors, instruments and amplification. In the show “Breathe” we will; also be using electronic samples, a bass guitar and synthesizer. In the show “Breathe” everything is centred around the phenomenon “breathing”.

The percussion circuit is booming business. Every season many groups get together to participate in the circuit. We are talking about a competition in sportshalls where drumlines and front ensembles perform shows that include intense drill. The show that Jubal will study will be about seven minutes long. The shows will be judged by a qualified judging panel, similar to the drumcorps circuit. The indoor percussion circuit of CGN is linked to their successful and popular winterguard season. IPE (Indoor Percussion Europe) is an independent circuit which has seen an impressive growth over the last few years.

Both IPE and CGN circuits have been notified of Jubal’s scheduled participation. We will now select the shows we will sign up for. We will participate in a minimum of 3 competitions. Unfortunately the IPE Championships in England will not be an option, since these will be held the same weekend Jubal has its annual Easter camp with the full corps in Someren. Jubal sees participation in the indoor percussion circuit as a test, to see if this is something that fits the corps and asks for more. Members are very enthusiastic and are dying to get started. There are also thoughts of offering the Jubal Indoor Percussion to festival and tattoo committees during the summer months as an extra act.

A new milestone in the corps’99th year: Jubal Indoor Percussion!




5 new units enter the IPE Competition!
message posted: 01-11-2009 15:29

IPE is very proud to announce five new indoor percussion units who will enter the IPE Competition! PercussionX from Huddersfield, UK will perform in Burgess Hill on Sunday March 14th and the IPE European Championships in Crawley Drumline New Generation from Dottignies, Belgium, Le Symphonic from Denain, France, New Spirit from Hem, France and Showband Music Black Show from La Gorgue, France will perform at the IPE Contest in Estaimpuis on Sunday March 7th and the IPE European Championships on Sunday April 4th in Crawley (UK).

For the latest event updates please visit our: Event Info Page


IPE Advisory Board meeting will be held in Dordrecht on November 4th.
message posted: 27-10-2009 21:11

Indoor Percussion Europe will organise his second Percussion Advisory Board meeting on November 4th in Dordrecht. Percussion advisors/specialists from will discuss matters for the upcomming European Indoor Percussion Season. During this meeting they will discuss topics like education, organisation, contests and judging. Presentations and discussions are planned to begin at 8.30 pm.

“Looking back to the first Advisory Board Meeting and the input we recieved, we are very happy to organise the second edition. We feel that this Percussion Advisory Board will mark the next stage of the growing process of IPE”, says Erwin van Gemert of IPE. “The Advisory Board consists of some of the most prominent and relevant percussion/visual specialists from the moment, such as Robby Overvliet, Marco Harder, Maurice Groen, Bruce Vrancken, Marc Marien, Ramon Opmeer, Erik de Vries, Bob Thomas, among others. This meeting intends to serve as a launching platform for exchanging opinions, proposals and ideas for the future of IPE and the European Indoor Percussion activity.

The meeting is only for selected IPE Advisory Board members.


Nomophobia’s first steps
message posted: 24-10-2009 23:17

The music of Percussion Unlimited’s newest production has been learned and as far as that goes, Nomophobia holds little secrets musically. But visually is a whole new story, with a new visual designer and captionhead, expansion of the visual staff and a bigger group the members of Percussion Unlimited are yet to be surprised.

October 10th saw the first visual rehearsal and the group worked hard on this season’s opener. Goal of the day was to complete the drill of the opener and that they achieved. During the next rehearsal on the 31st of October further work will be done on the opener to also incorporate the musical aspect of this movement. The front ensemble will be getting some extra attention by Peter Vulperhorst, himself a renowned concert percussionist and arranger for Pasveerkorpsen Leeuwarden.

Check out Percussion Unlimited's website at www.percussionunlimited.org.


Unik Star and Vintage Percussion enter IPE Competition
message posted: 16-10-2009 13:08

IPE is very proud to announce another two new units who will perform on Sunday April 4th at the IPE European Championships. Vintage Percussion from Bristol (UK) and Unik Star Percussion Ensemble from Hellemmes (Fra) are added to our list of performing units. Unik Star and Vintage will also perform in the International Marching Percussion Class at the IPE Contest on Sunday March 7th in Estaimpuis. (This IPE Contest is just one day after the WGI European Regional in Goes) Unik Star will also perform at the IPE Contest in France on Sunday March 28th.

For the latest event updates please visit our: Event Info Page


Alliance, Legion Star & Southern Aurora enter IPE Competition
message posted: 11-10-2009 11:12

IPE is very proud to announce three UK units who will enter the IPE Competition! Alliance Indoor Percussion from Suffolk, Essex and Bedfordshire, Legion Star Percussion Theatre from Crawley, West Sussex and Southern Aurora Winter Drumline from Brighton, East Sussex will perform at the IPE/WGUK Contest in Burgess Hill and the IPE European Championships on Sunday April 4th in Crawley (UK). Alliance and Legion Star will also perform at the IPE Contest on Sunday March 7th in Estaimpuis. (This IPE Contest is just one day after the WGI European Regional in Goes)

For the latest event updates please visit our: Event Info Page


WGUK & IPE partnership for 2010
message posted: 07-10-2009 14:03

WinterGuard United Kingdom (WGUK) & Indoor Percussion Europe (IPE) are pleased to announce that for 2010 they will be working in partnership to bring two indoor percussion events to the UK including the IPE European Championships which will be held in Crawley, West Sussex on Sunday 4th April.

For the past two years WGUK has held the UK Indoor Percussion Championships as part of the Winterguard event and this collaboration will allow the percussion units the opportunity to perform together with groups from across Europe as this new and exciting art form begins to take shape in the UK. The other IPE sanctioned event will take place in Burgess Hill on Sunday 14th March as part of the WGUK contest and UK units will also have the opportunity of performing at other WGUK events throughout the winter.

Mark Gutteridge, WGUK Chairman stated "Working with IPE will increase the profile of this very new activity in the UK and we are pleased to be able to also include the 3rd UK Indoor Percussion Championships as part of the European Champions at the beginning of April"

"IPE is very excited about our partnership with WGUK" says Erwin van Gemert of IPE. "With an increased focus on indoor percussion, we are excited at the potential of this relationship and look forward to many productive years to come. Over the years, WGUK has consistently provide quality events. The collective experience of WGUK and their staff make a terrific extension for IPE to create a full Indoor Percussion circuit throughout Europe. With the help of WGUK we can organise two of the five events in the UK this year. With Indoor Percussion as our centrepiece, IPE is very glad to start this partnership with WGUK".

"Indoor Percussion is an important part of our ongoing winter strategy" commented MPA:UK Chairman, Alan Thompson, "and I am delighted that IPE feel they can commit to holding two events in the UK this coming season and look forward to working with them to provide quality European events."

Keep an eye on both the WGUK and IPE websites for more details as they are released.


IPE registration has started!
message posted: 30-09-2009 21:36

Today, the registration period for the IPE Indoor Percussion 2010 Events has begun. Indoor Percussion units will be able to register for four events during the whole of October and November. (registration is free except for the Burgess Hill Contest, In Burgess Hill there is a WGUK fee) IPE is very proud to present a full calendar with contests in Belgium, France and England. The list of participating units will be published on our website as soon as the first units have registered.

IPE has launched 5 events for 2010 (Including the Kick Off in Dadizele). Like last year, IPE uses a online registrationform for registration on their website. (Download the IPE Policies for more registration information) The IPE management team hopes that the 2010 events will create a fantastic indoor percussion season throughout Europe.

More information about the IPE Contests, the IPE European Championships and the registration can be found: HERE


Vintage Percussion presents "KOI" in 2010
message posted: 29-09-2009 21:48

Vintage Indoor Percussion are proud to announce their 2010 show "KOI" set over 4 movements Vintage will bring to life the ancient Japanese myth. After a successful launch night in which they had a record number of members sign up Vintage 2010 will be looking forward to entering competitions in their 5th Anniversary year.

For more information please visit Vintage's brand new web site www.vintagepa.webs.com.


IPE announces 2010 Event Calendar
message posted: 27-09-2009 21:18

IPE is proud to present a full European competition in 2010. Within 3 years we managed to create an exciting new European competition of performance and entertainment; a competition where the sole focus is on percussion and nothing else. IPE presents 5 indoor percussion events throughout Europe in 2010!

The IPE Registration information will be posted on our website by September 30th with online registration available October 1st.

Check out our 2010 Event Calendar: HERE


IPE @ The DCE European Championships!
message posted: 21-09-2009 22:42

This Saturday September 26th Indoor Percussion Europe (IPE) will also be attending the biggest drum corps event in Europe. 20 European top corps will meet eachother on the pitch of the Parkstad Limburg Stadium in Kerkrade - The Netherlands. IPE will be there with BIG News!

IPE presents: Tim Fairbanks (Bluecoats / Rhythm X / Centerville HS)
Tim is the Percussion Director for Centerville (OH) High School, and is the visual designer and program coordinator for WGI Independent World ensemble Rhythm X of Columbus, OH. Tim is a member of the WGI Board of Directors, in addition to serving on the Percussion Advisory Board and Steering Committee, and is currently the Vice President of the MEPA Circuit, heading the Percussion division. Tim has been a member of the DCI Judging Team and, this past summer, worked as Program Coordinator with The Bluecoats from Canton, OH.

Meet & Greet: Tim will sign and demonstrate his new Innovative Percussion drumsticks in the Muremo boosterstand from 5pm till 6pm. Besides Tim you can also buy the 2009 IPE Championships DVD in the Muremo boosterstand.

IPE will announce the 2010 Event Calendar @ the DCE Championships
IPE is proud to present a full European competition in 2010. Within 3 years IPE managed to create an exciting new European competition of performance and entertainment; a competition where the sole focus is on percussion and nothing else. IPE is presenting 5 indoor percussion events in 2010! Check out the posters in and around the Parkstad Limburg Stadium, you can’t miss them!


IPE presents the 2010 season KICK OFF!
message posted: 18-09-2009 09:07

Indoor Percussion Europe (IPE) presents the 2010 Season Kick Off in Dadizele (B) on Saturday February 13th. On this day IPE presents 4 events for the true percussion fans throughout Europe! On this day IPE proudly presents:

- Individuals & Ensembles Competition for Percussion
- Information Seminar
- IP Preview Performances
- IP Party 3

Visit our KICK OFF Page for more information!


Alliance Performing Arts launch new website for 2010
message posted: 15-09-2009 17:04

Alliance Performing Arts, based in Suffolk, Essex and Bedfordshire (UK) have launched their new website. Check it out at: www.alliance-online.org.uk.


Line-up Percussion Unlimited almost complete.
message posted: 15-09-2009 16:02

Percussion Unlimited’s new winter season line-up is almost complete and has been posted on its website. With seven snares, three tenors, five bassdrums and a six-strong front ensemble Percussion Unlimited has grown yet again. Only the cymbal line can use one or two more members.

Recently the group enjoyed a successful musical camp in which a lot of work was done on the opener as well as closer of Nomophobia. The weekend ended with a complete run of the opener and closer in full ensemble. On www.percussionunlimited.org there are two reports of this camp.

New on the website are also two video’s of the musical camp. Here you can see the new line-up and hear some of Nomophobia’s first sounds. For those interested in learning more about Percussion Unlimited can visit the Majestic Percussion stand at the DCE finals in Kerkrade on the 26th of September. Or send us an e-mail at info@percussionunlimited.org.


New website for Vintage Performing Arts (UK)
message posted: 10-09-2009 19:24

Celebrating their 5th Anniversary, Vintage Peforming Arts has launched their new website. Both Vintage Percussion and Vintage Color Guard are presented with a new design and lay out. Visit the new website of Vintage here: www.vintagepa.webs.com.

Vintage Percussion News:
On Saturday 26th September 8.00pm Vintage Percussion are holding their Launch Evening at North Bristol Rugby Club in Almondsbury. If you want to be part of this 2010 (VP 5th Anniversary) then please come along & take a look. Vintage Percussion has a limited number of places left due to the popularity of Vintage, however you still can have a chance to join us.


2009 IPE Championships DVD now available and shipping!
message posted: 17-08-2009 23:01

It has been more than four months to the date that 700 Indoor Percussion fans were able to enjoy top percussion on Sunday April 5th during the second edition of the IPE European Championships in Roeselare (B). In "De Schiervelde Hallen" IPE showcased the exhilarating performances of the most elite and exclusive indoor percussion ensembles in Europe! 10 competing units, a Visual Masterclass led by NorthCoast Academy and a top notch performance of NorthCoast Academy. The result: Huge standing ovations from the 700 spectators that had come to Roeselare.

After that long anticipated wait by fans, the 2009 IPE Championships DVD is now available and shipping out to percussion fans across the world. More information, 5 Unit Samples and a special DVD Trailer can be found on our: DVD Page


Alliance Indoor Percussion (UK) Show Announcement 2010
message posted: 02-08-2009 23:12

Alliance Indoor Percussion from Bedford (UK) are proud to annouce there 2010 production will be called "Incarceration, Liberation and Recapitulation" this years show will depict a prison break out to the eventual and inevitable recapture. With the musical score being composed by Julian Powell and the visual design again by Jason Hawke we are very excited to get started.

Anyone interested in marching or joining the staff team at AIP please feel free to contact AIP at: contact@alliance-online.org.uk


Percussion Unlimited presents: Nomophobia
message posted: 20-06-2009 12:08

How often do you look at your mobile phone? Do you wait for the next text message or afraid to miss a call? Turn back when you forget your phone? Or afraid of not being able to connect with friends, family or business partners? Simply can’t live without your mobile phone?

The world is going mobile but what happens if this is no longer available? Nomophobia, Percussion Unlimited’s newest production, will take you on a journey through the possibilities and impossibilities of a world in which communication has become so easy, so it seems.

With their newest production the IPE International Class Champion from Loon op Zand (NL) again wants to surprise and innovate. Would you like to be part of this 2009 multi-champion? Please contact them at info@percussionunlimited.org and check out their website at www.percussionunlimited.org.


Report from the WGI Percussion Advisory Board Meeting
message posted: 24-05-2009 20:27

On May 15th the WGI Percussion Advisory Board met in Chicago, Illinois, to discuss and vote upon proposals submitted for consideration. This body govern all aspects of the indoor percussion activity. Proposals could be submitted by any group competing within WGI and ranged from how they are adjudicated to policies about regionals and world championships. Proposals passed by either advisory board are then referred to the WGI Board of Directors for final approval at their annual meeting in July.

>> 2009 Percussion Proposals Results:

Proposal #7 – PASSES 39-1-1
Change the penalty for undertime/overtime to .05 points per second.

Proposal #8 – PASSES 41-0
Allow the Steering Committee to “clean up” the rulebook with approval from the Percussion Advisory Board.

Because IPE is using the 2009/2010 WGI manual these new proposals will also be applied for next season. More information about the new IPE Manual will be available soon. More information and all proposals can be found on: WGI Newsarticle.


2009 IPE Championships Promo online!
message posted: 17-05-2009 22:14

Thanks to Nicky Walraven (Drumline.nl) IPE is very proud to present: The 2009 IPE Championships Promo. Watch this promo in our Media Vault and get a taste of what you can expect on the IPE Championships DVD. Visit our Media Vault HERE


2009 WGI Percussion World Champion: RHYTHM X
message posted: 21-04-2009 10:12

Independent World

2007 IPE Guests Rhythm X (OH) (Gold Medal- 97.263) became the first group in over a decade to win consecutive PIW titles. “Touch” utilized almost every conceivable permutation of tactile contact, with various forms of touching, caressing, and leaning on each other for support. While the concept was effectively integrated visually, perhaps the precision and sensitivity with which the line played brought the show theme to another level, as mallet players showed great dynamic contrast within lightning-fast 16th note passages, and the battery sections played an intricate book with a clarity that had to be seen to be believed.

Riverside Community College (CA) (Silver Medal- 96.90) explored the human need for icons with “Totem.” A large, black obelisk reminiscent of the one in “2001: A Space Odyssey” was a constant object of worship throughout the performance. The exotic music score combined with primitive, tribal choreography to produce an otherworldly spectacle that was simply mesmerizing to watch. The group formed crosses with cymbals and in the drill in a section recognizing the importance of religious symbols in our own culture before facing the obelisk in reverence at show’s end.

Coming to terms with mortality, Music City Mystique (TN) (Bronze Medal- 96.225) performed their emotional powerhouse “Requiem.” Opening with the battery singing a dark “Dies Irae,” the show explored the process of accepting one’s coming death. As a man shouted “IT’S NOT FAIR!” after receiving bad news, the line played with a glass-cutting intensity. After dealing with feelings of loneliness in his grief, the man was able to accept his fate, calmly stating “I’m ready.” At the end, the inevitable happened, with the line stretching their arms as if on a cross.

Making the most from a simple concept, IPE guests North Coast Academy (MI) (7th- 91.413) performed “Echo.” Members played echoes of short patterns using advanced dynamic shading. Visual reverberations were provided with individuals behind transparent screens, giving a ghost-image effect. One feature that had the spectators shouting for more was a stunning cymbal feature which had the players performing intricate rhythms and tossing the plates across the floor at each other.

Anyone who has ever felt the hurt of being shunned from a group can identify with 2008 IPE guests Matrix (OH) (10th- 89.563). As a constant motif, during “Left Out” individuals were indeed ‘left out’ of section features and even blocked from entering the drill. A snare player spent the better part of the program trying to be accepted, eventually succeeding after performing an impressive solo.

PIW Results

1 - 97.263 Rhythm X
2 - 96.900 Riverside Community College
3 - 96.225 Music City Mystique
4 - 93.513 Pulse Percussion
5 - 92.450 Redline
6 - 92.350 United Percussion
7 - 91.413 North Coast Academy
8 - 90.350 Gateway Indoor
9 - 89.588 Blue Knights
10 - 89.563 Matrix
11 - 88.213 Infinity
12 - 86.450 Eastside Fury Perc
13 - 85.675 Surround Sound
14 - 83.700 Timber Creek Independent
15 - 83.250 Odyssey Percussion Theatre

Scholastic World

Dartmouth (MA) (Gold Medal- 97.988) accomplished the rare feat of back-to-back PSW titles. “The Garden” took us back to the beginning in Eden with an elaborate set full of thick, lush trees, including an imposing large tree with tempting forbidden fruit. At first, the Adam and Eve characters were in harmony with nature, but the fruit was too hard to resist. After tasting the apple, the plants (battery) became hostile, but unlike the Genesis account, in Dartmouth’s version the couple was allowed to stay in Paradise, dancing freely at the ending in a celebration of life.

Center Grove (IN) (Silver Medal- 95.638) built “Say” around common adages that convey time-tested truths. Brief phrases such as “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” were stated throughout the program, with the music and visual design dramatizing the statement. One striking example was when the phrase “sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all” was spoken, followed by a sequence of silent drill. The tone turned more personal near the end, as the unit prompted us to express ourselves and “Say what you need to say”.

How much difference can one person make in a world full of chaos? Chino Hills (CA) (Bronze Medal- 95.375) urged us to be positive forces of change with “Motivate.” The way the ensemble played their technically challenging book made us feel as though we could join them in accomplishing anything, as the crowd clapped along during a notable snare feature. The inspirational production ended with recorded clips of Martin Luther King, and of President Obama’s now-famous mantra, “Yes We Can!”

Former IPE guests results: Percussion Independent Open
Moving up from 4th place in Prelims, Father Ryan HS (2nd-91.400) took 1st in Performance Analysis, 6th in General Effect and 8th in Visual with “WWGI,” a costumed spectacular about a professional wrestling match with highlights that included bass drummers jumping rope while playing and members of the entire line performing on treadmills.

IPE would like to thank WGI for their tremendous hospitality and generosity. More scores, videos and information can be found on: www.wgi.org.


IPE is off to the 2009 WGI Percussion Championships (Office closed till Monday)
message posted: 14-04-2009 15:24

The IPE office is packing up for an exciting indoor percussion week in the US at the 2009 WGI Percussion Championships in Dayton. E-mail will not be answered and the IPE website will not be updated until Monday.

The University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, OH will again play host to the 2009 WGI Percussion World Championships to be held April 16-18. More scores, videos and information about WGI can be found on: www.wgi.org.


Update: 75 Championships pictures online!
message posted: 06-04-2009 22:30

Thanks to Hans Kloppert, Geert Vanmaeckelberghe and the many Facebook accounts all over the world, we can already show you 75 pictures of the 2009 IPE European Championships! Do you have pictures of the IPE European Championships? Please send them to: info@indoorpercussioneurope.org

Visit our Media Vault HERE to watch our Picture Galery!


IPE CHAMPIONS: Percussion Unlimited, Goteborg and Shooting Stars!
message posted: 05-04-2009 22:03

Percussion Unlimited, Göteborg and Shooting Stars are the new champions of Indoor Percussion Europe. Almost 700 percussion fans enjoyed the climax of the second edition of the IPE European Championships in Roeselare - Belgium.

Göteborg were the masters in the European Marching Class. With a a score of 84.9 they blew away the competition. Drumline New Generation ended up in second place (69.9), followed by Majestic from France (66.7) and De Eendracht from The Netherlands (66.3), who all made Finals.

In the International Marching Class three strong units competed: Percussion Unlimited (Netherlands), Unik Star (France) and DrumSpirit (Belgium). Unik Star won the Prelims, but in Finals Percussion Unlimited topped the International Marching Class (86.5). Unik Star took silver (84.1), and DrumSpirit ended in third place (82.8).

Shooting Stars from Belgium were the only unit in the Concert Class, they scored 54.3.

IPE Championships Results:

Concert Class : Finals
1 - 54.30 Shooting Stars (Fra)

European Marching Percussion Class: Prelims
1 - 83.1 Goteborg (Swe)
2 - 68.5 Drumline New Generation (B)
3 - 66.5 Majestic (Fra)
4 - 66.0 De Eendracht (Ned)
5 - 57.9 New Spirit (Fra)
6 - 54.0 Le Symphonic (Fra)

International Marching Percussion Class: Prelims
1 - 84.7 Unik Star (Fra)
2 - 83.4 Percussion Unlimited (Ned)
3 - 80.8 DrumSpirit (B)

European Marching Percussion Class: Finals
1 - 84.9 Goteborg (Swe)
2 - 69.9 Drumline New Generation (B)
3 - 66.7 Majestic (Fra)
4 - 66.3 De Eendracht (Ned)

International Marching Percussion Class: Finals
1 - 86.5 Percussion Unlimited (Ned)
2 - 84.1 Unik Star (Fra)
3 - 82.8 DrumSpirit (B)

The audience loved the performances, including US Superdrumline NorthCoast Academy, 10 competing units and the Visual Clinic by Martin Hotte. Top notch performances in a top facility!

IPE would like to thank:

All competing units
All volunteers
DrumSpirit for hosting NCA
Our special guests: NorthCoast Academy
Our Sponsors: Dynasty, InCorps, Muremo and Corps & Band
Our DCE Judges
Hans Kloppert
The Audience for making this percussion event possible.

Visit our: IPE Championships Page for more information. Pictures and more articles/news will follow this week.


IPE office closed till Monday
message posted: 03-04-2009 10:07

The IPE office is packing up for an exciting indoor percussion weekend in Belgium at the IP Party in Dadizele on Saturday and the 2009 IPE European Championships in Roeselare. For urgent matters you can use the phonenumber which is mentioned in the IPE Draft.

There are still 200 tickets left! Tickets for the 2009 IPE European Championships can be purchased at the door in Roeselare (€ 15.00 a piece)

IPE wishes good luck to all the competing units this weekend. (WGUK and IPE) The office will reopen on Monday, April 6 at 8:30 am. See you in Roeselare!


British WGUK Championships this weekend
message posted: 02-04-2009 09:51

WGUK is proud to present the 30th edition of the British Championships. This years event, once again being held at The Brentwood International Centre, Essex, will be the 30th consecutive Winterguard Championships and will take place on Saturday 4th April. The audience will be entertained by 55 performances provided by 36 Guards and 4 Indoor Percussion units. Alliance, Anchormen, Legion Star and 2009 CGN runner-up Vintage will compete for the British Championship.

IPE wishes all units a fantastic performance and good luck! More information can be found on: www.wguk.org.uk


NorthCoast Academy arrived in Europe
message posted: 01-04-2009 10:32

The members of NorthCoast Academy are in Europe. They arrived yesterday afternoon in Brussels - Belgium. Today the rehearsals and preparations for the IPE European Championships will begin.

In the next few days, NorthCoast Academy will do some city trips to Brussels, Bruges and Paris. But the main focus will be on the European Indoor Percussion Championships in Roeselare - Belgium this Sunday.

On Saturday evening there will be an 'indoor percussion party' in the corps home of DrumSpirit in Dadizele. Everyone with an admission ticket to the IPE European Championships can enter the party (including performances of NorthCoast Academy, Göteburg Drum Corps and DrumSpirit) free of charge.

Tickets for the IPE Championships will be available at the venue in Roeselare. Visit our: IPE Championships Page for more information.


New designs for IPE Champions flags
message posted: 31-03-2009 15:06

Indoor Percussion Europe is proud to present the new Champions flags for the IPE European Championships in Roeselare. The flags have been designed by graphic artist Giovanni Maes.

”The Championship flags represent the dynamic, modern and glamerous world of indoor percussion”, says Giovanni Maes. “I used the drumstick as a symbol. The drumstick is like a Grammy Award for percussionists. When IPE asked me to design the new flags, I wanted a design which represents the style of IPE. IPE's sole focus is on percussion, they are a new, young and ambitious organization, the Champions flags had to be a reflection of that.”

Indoor Percussion Europe is very happy with the new designs. The new flags will be presented to the winners of each class at the IPE European Championships in Roeselare on Sunday april 5th.

Click HERE to see the new designs!


IPE European Championships Program announced
message posted: 30-03-2009 22:21

IPE Timetable

08:30 All units Check-in (Warm up Bunker)
09:00 Doors & Bar open
10:00 Welcome/Judging Panel presentation
10:15 European Marching Class Prelims
11:15 Concert Class Finals
11:35 International Marching Class Prelims
12:10 Break
13:00 Visual Masterclass by NorthCoast Academy
14:00 European Marching Class Finals
14:40 International Marching Class Finals
15:10 Exhibition Performances / Break/ Olympic Retreat
17:30 End

Visit our: IPE Championships Page for more information.


Clean sweep for Dutch units at the CGN Championships
message posted: 29-03-2009 20:48

Percussion Unlimited from Loon op Zand (Ned) captured the CGN Marching Open title last night in Eindhoven (Ned) at the CGN Championships. With a score of 86.7 they managed to defeat Vintage from Bristol (UK). Your last chance to see Percussion Unlimited's Championship Show "Tarantino!" is at the IPE European Championships this weekend! Don't miss it!

In the Concert Open Class (Melodic ensembles), North Frisian Percussion Corps from Dokkum (Ned) won the gold medal without competitors. The Standstill Class (Battery) was won by Drumsquad from Dokkum (Ned)

MARCHING OPEN CLASS RESULTS
86.7 (0,0) Percussion Unlimited (NED)
85.1 (0,0) Vintage (UK)
80.8 (0,0) Alliance (UK)
77.4 (0,0) Legion Star (UK)
77.0 (0,0) Advendo (NED)

CONCERT OPEN CLASS RESULTS
87.1 (0,0) North Frisian Percussion Corps (NED)

STANDSTILL OPEN CLASS RESULTS
82.9 (0,0) DrumSquad (NED)
80.9 (0,0) Premier (NED)
68.5 (0,0) Blue Angels (FRA)


Visual Masterclass presented by NCA during the IPE European Championships
message posted: 23-03-2009 21:49

The 2009 IPE European Championships are going to be a mega percussion event! 653 tickets are allready sold and no less than 12 units from 5 different countries will perform on Sunday April 5th in Roeselare, Belgium.

Besides the European Championships, IPE and NorthCoast Academy (NCA) are proud to present a very unique visual masterclass entitled - The Visual Buzz -

This educational masterclass allows you to witness NorthCoast Academy's top designers LIVE on the field as they practice and explain the visual designs of NCA. Martin Hotte (NorthCoast Academy) will be doing this masterclass. Discover design elements, terms and concepts which will broaden your vocabulary and widen your range of possibilities.

Visit our Clinic Info Page for more information about the Visual Buzz!


NorthCoast Academy takes second place at Troy Percussion Regional
message posted: 22-03-2009 11:54

20 indoor drumlines gathered for WGI’s percussion regional in Troy, MI. IPE guests NorthCoast Academy were able to capture second place with a score of 89.1! World Champion Champion Rhythm X took first place with a score of 90.20

Percussion Independent World Results
1 - 90.20 Rhythm X
2 - 89.10 NorthCoast Academy
3 - 86.80 Redline
4 - 85.45 Eastside Fury Perc
5 - 83.50 Evolution


Watch NorthCoast Academy LIVE @ the Troy Percussion Regional Webcast!
message posted: 20-03-2009 11:17

Want to see NorthCoast Academy perform at the WGI Troy Percussion Regional? Banddirector.com will webcasting the Troy Percussion Regionals Live! Just logon to the home page of Banddirector.com Saturday morning 9:30 am Eastern. (3:30 pm European GMT) The live player will automatically activate, if your computer blocks the auto play simply click the large "Live Webcast" banner to manually activate.


IPE Interview with Diane King (Director of NorthCoast Academy)
message posted: 19-03-2009 22:01

The only chance to see NorthCoast Academy's new show "ECHO" is at the IPE European Championships! NorthCoast Academy (NCA) is one of our special guests from the United States who will perform on April 5th in Roeselare, Belgium. To give you more insight in NCA, IPE is proud to present an exclusive interview with NCA Director Diane King. Click here to read the full Interview!


Percussion caption heads invited for the IPE European Championships
message posted: 18-03-2009 11:46

To stimulate the Indoor Percussion activities in Europe, IPE is inviting all Percussion caption heads of DCE (Open Class) corps to visit the IPE European Championships on Sunday april 5th in Roeselare, Belgium.

All percussion caption heads (selected by IPE) may visit the IPE European Championships for free by filling in a small survey about Indoor Percussion. “More and more “summer” drumlines are thinking of a better way to use the winter period”, says Erwin van Gemert of IPE. “In the past, drumlines were practicing the basics for months. We think that the growth and experience which can be developed by performing in a winter project can be much bigger. Combined with a European competition you’ll have a great start of your season!”.

All selected percussion caption heads have recieved an invitation e-mail this week.


IP Party and Presale ticket changes!
message posted: 16-03-2009 09:12

IPE and DrumSpirit Percussion Ensemble presents the IP Party 2 on Saturday April 4th in Dadizele. If you have a IPE European Championships ticket, you have entrance to the rehearsal performances of NorthCoast Academy (USA), Goteborg (Swe) and party host DrumSpirit (B). The performances will start at 8 pm. Round 9 pm the real party starts and there is a free entrance for everybody! So what are you waiting for? Let's party!

Because of the announcement of the IP Party 2 in Dadizele, IPE decided to continue the presale till Thursday March 19th. Witness the best indoor percussion ensembles AND go to the hottest IP Party in Europe! Tickets at the door in Roeselare are € 15.00 a piece.

More information about the IP Party can be found here: IP Party Page


NorthCoast Academy takes third place in WGI Indy Regional
message posted: 14-03-2009 20:15

48 indoor drumlines gathered for WGI’s largest regional of the season at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis, IN. IPE Guests NorthCoast Academy were able to beat last years guests Matrix with four points! This competition is going to be hot!

Percussion Independent World Results

Music City Mystique (1st- 90.85) won their second regional in the past month over a field that included five finalists from last season on the strength on High Effect and Performance scores. “Requiem” encapsulates the swirl of feelings one feels as death is imminent. The program has all the hallmarks fans have come to expect from this outstanding ensemble- tight musical precision, a state-of-the-art visual book, and a thought provoking show idea.

2008 PIW Champion Rhythm X (2nd- 90.325) showed they are once again poised to make a title run with “Touch”. Continuing to be in the vanguard of visual design in the activity, the program utilized many varieties of physical contact to develop the touch concept. As is to be expected with a group of this caliber, the music book presents ample opportunities for the sections to shine, and the multiple features gave the audience plenty to cheer about.

Utilizing perhaps the most creative musical score of the day, IPE guests North Coast Academy (3rd- 87.75) presented “Echo”. As a recurring motif throughout the show, sections would play patterns only to have them echoed back by other sections, sometimes with unusual voicings.  The way the unit visually depicted echoes with mirroring and transparent screens brought the program up to another level, while also bringing down the house!

Have you ever felt like you’re not part of a group? Matrix (4th- 83.50) understands. “Left Out” had, as a constant throughout the show, individuals within sections who were not included with the drill or who tried to join in on section features, only to arrive just as the feature was ending. Their fans needn’t worry, though. They will not be left out of performing in finals next month!

Gateway (5th- 83.15) proved machines could not only drum, they could have fun too! The members were mechanized automatons in “Robot Rock”, initially moving with the stiffness associated with robots. However, once they got going, their hands and feet moved at the speed of sound, not letting up until their computer program shut down at the show’s conclusion.

With “Stick Figures”, Evolution (6th- 79.85) took drawings a child would make and imagined what it would be like if they could move. A black tarp became a chalkboard, where stick men were drawn as the program developed.  The costumes gave the program a 3-D effect, as the uniform backs made it appear as though stick figures were coming to life before our eyes.


IPE judges files available on DCE Document Manager
message posted: 10-03-2009 14:55

All judges files of Indoor Percussion Europe contests will be available through the DCE Document Manager. As IPE is using the DCE judging system, DCE collects all files and stores them online. The files of the IPE contest in Estaimpuis are now available.

Corps that participated at DCE, DCN and DCUK contests in recent years are able to enter the DCE Document Manager with their own login details and download their judges comments. Indoor Percussion Europe has now been added to the Document Manager too. IPE groups that don't have login details yet will receive them soon.

The Document Manager currently contains more than 1,300 files, and can be found at the DCE Document Manager Login


Unik Star, Shooting Stars and Majestic win Contest Estaimpuis!
message posted: 08-03-2009 22:24

Unik Star from Hellemmes (International Marching Class), Majestic (European Marching Class) and Shooting Stars (Concert Class) have won the first official IPE Contest in Estaimpuis. Over 300 people witnessed the performances of 8 units from Belgium and France.

Concert Class
1 - 52.6 Shooting Stars

European Marching Class
1 - 64.7 Majestic
2 - 64.4 Drumline New Generation
3 - 55.1 New Spirit
4 - 52.3 Les Atomics
5 - 49.8 Le Symphonic

International Marching Class
1 - 72.3 Unik Star
2 - 68.0 DrumSpirit

More information can be found on our Contest Estaimpuis Page. Pictures will follow soon.


WGI European Percussion Regional Results
message posted: 01-03-2009 09:02

With a score of 86.10 Percussion Unlimited (Ned) has captured the WGI European Regional Title. In Sportpunt Zeeland in Goes, the audience was treated on eight fantastic indoor percussion shows.

Second place in the Marching Open Class went to Vintage (UK) and Alliance (UK) came in third. Premier took first place in the Standstill Class with a score of 79,40.

Marching Open Class Finals
86.10 Percussion Unlimited
82.70 Vintage
80.65 Alliance
73.95 Advendo
66.75 Legion Star
61.35 De Eendracht

Standstill Open Class Finals
79.40 Premier
69.10 Blue Angels

Do you want to see Percussion Unlimited perform their Championship Show "Tarantino"?. Together with De Eendracht (Ned) they will perform at the IPE European Championships in Roeselare (B).


Contest Estaimpuis is almost sold out!
message posted: 28-02-2009 09:38

There are only 30 tickets left at the ticketoffice for the Indoor Percussion Europe Contest in Estaimpuis (Fra) on Sunday March 8th. Anyone who wants to visit this great event has to be swift because Complexe Sportif Estaimpuis only holds 300 seats. The last 30 tickets will be available at the door/ticketoffice in Estaimpuis.


Pharaonia sadly withdraws from competition.
message posted: 25-02-2009 20:58

Musical Corps Pharaonia from Saint Quentin (Fra) will not perform at the IPE Contest on Sunday March 8th in Estaimpuis. Due to a fatal accident of their corps director Jacky Dinis, Pharonia decided to cancel all performances. IPE is very sorry for the tragic loss of Jacky Dinis and our thoughts are with his family, friends and members at this difficult time.


The judging panels for the IPE Contest and IPE Championships
message posted: 03-02-2009 23:05

Indoor Percussion Europe has announced the judging panels for the IPE Contest in Estaimpuis on Sunday March 8th and the IPE 2009 European Championships in Roeselare on Sunday April 5th.

The European Marching Class and the International Marching Class will be judged by Bruce Vrancken (General Effect), Marco Harder (Performance Analysis) and Erik de Vries (Visual). For the Concert Class in Roeselare Marco Harder will be judging Performance and Bruce Vrancken will be judging Artistry.

During the IPE Championships the panels will be assisted by staffmembers of North Coast Academy (USA) who will be shadowing the Prelims performances of all units.


IPE Contest and Championships registration closed
message posted: 01-02-2009 21:02

Online registration for the IPE Contest and the IPE European Championships is now officially closed. IPE is very proud to present 10 units from 3 different countries in Estaimpuis on March 8th. All units will perform in the European and International Marching Percussion Class.

Our second edition of the IPE European Championships is once again a hugh success! No less than 13 units from 6 different countries will perform in Roeselare on April 5th.


Online Presale tickets for Contest and Championships has started!
message posted: 22-01-2009 16:58

Order your IPE Contest and Championships Presale Tickets today and witness the best indoor percussion ensembles in Europe! To order your Presale tickets please visit our IPE Ticket Page

Be swift! The venue in Estaimpuis only holds 300 spectators, before you know it tickets can be sold out!


Very succesful IPE Information Day in Estaimpuis
message posted: 16-01-2009 11:50

Indoor Percussion Europe (IPE) organised a Percussion Information Day in Estaimpuis (B) on January 17. Percussion advisors/specialists from IPE explained matters for the upcomming European Indoor Percussion Season and explained topics like education, organisation, contests and judging.

IPE also drawed the line-up for the IPE Contest in Estaimpuis on March 8th. (This info will be e-mailed to all registered units) More than 20 representatives of units from France and Belgium attended this Information Day.


New 2009 IPE/WGI Rules and articles in Download Area
message posted: 11-01-2009 21:22

We've recently updated and expanded our Downloads. IPE strongly advices you to download the 2009 IPE Rules (For European Marching Class competitors) and the 2009 WGI Rules (For International Marching Class and Concert Class competitors).

We've also added some very intresting files such as:
IPE Competition Checklist: If you are performing at IPE for the first time, this is your checklist for the day.
IPE Speaker Form: Fill in this form for every IPE event. Our speaker will announce your unit with this information.
Quality of Sound: This article (Provided by: Daniel Valadie, WGI Percussion Judging Coördinator 2008) explains everything you need to know about playing indoor! Instrumentation, Implementation, technique, orchestration. This article is very useful for any unit competing in IPE events.

Go directly to our: Downloads


IPE Information Day in Estaimpuis on january 17
message posted: 29-12-2008 23:32

Indoor Percussion Europe (IPE) will organise a Percussion Information Day in Estaimpuis (B) on January 17. Percussion advisors/specialists from IPE will explain matters for the upcomming European Indoor Percussion Season. During this meeting they will explain and discuss topics like education, organisation, contests and judging. Presentations and discussions are planned to begin at 13.30 pm.

The IPE Information Day provides percussion units with advice and support for making decisions regarding IPE Classifications, IPE Rules, Policies and regulations and other important matters. If you’re having questions about the IPE Competition or you're still unsure about which classification to choose, how to compete or want to find out more about a particular area of IPE, then come along to our Information Day.

IPE will also draw the line-up for the IPE Contest on March 8th in Estaimpuis. The Information Day is open for all percussion units/members and public. Don’t miss it!

When and where?
Date: Saturday 17 January, 2009
Time: 13:30pm – 17:00pm
Venue: Complexe Sportif Estaimpuis, Rue Moulin Masure 9, 7730 ESTAIMPUIS (B)


First Concert Class unit has registered: Cadence Drumline (BEL)
message posted: 29-12-2008 23:02

IPE is very proud to announce the first Concert Class competitor at the IPE Championships! Cadence Drumline from Kaulille, Belgium will perform at the IPE European Championships on april 5 in Roeselare (B). Cadence Drumline is added to our list of performing units.

For the latest event updates please visit our: Event Info Page


IPE judges say goodbye to cassette tapes
message posted: 04-12-2008 16:11

As from now, the Indoor Percussion Europe judging team will no longer be working with cassette tapes. The introduction of a new system with digital voice recorders means a drastic change in processing judges' comments. The IPE judges will be working with digital voice recorders. This not only means a change for the judges themselves, but also for the organisation and the corps. As from now, the audio files will be submitted to the instructors digitally.

Instructors who previously came to collect their cassette tapes, can now report to the helpdesk with a digital audio player. A USB connection is then used to copy the relevant file to the audio player. The files are offered in .WAV format. As IPE uses DCE's facilities, this new procedure will be implemented for all IPE events, starting with the IPE contest on Sunday 8th March in Estaimpuis.


The Rising (IRE) and Les Atomics (FRA) enter the IPE Competition
message posted: 01-12-2008 21:15

IPE is very proud to announce another two new units who will enter the IPE Competition! Indoor Percussion Ensemble The Rising from Dublin, Ireland will perform at the IPE European Championships on april 5 in Roeselare (B). Les Atomics from Lens (FRA) will perform at the IPE Contest on Sunday March 8th in Estaimpuis. Both units are added to our list of performing units.

For the latest event updates please visit our: Event Info Page


Pharaonia (FRA) and Drumline New Generation (BEL) enter the IPE Competition
message posted: 25-11-2008 10:51

IPE is very proud to announce another two new units who will enter the IPE Competition! Musical Corps Pharaonia from Saint Quentin (Fra) will perform at the IPE Contest on Sunday March 8th in Estaimpuis. Drumline New Generation from Dottignies (Bel) will perform on both events, the IPE Contest in Estaimpuis and the IPE Championships. Both units are added to our list of performing units.

For the latest event updates please visit our: Event Info Page


Shooting Stars, Le Symphonic and Majestic (FRA) enter the IPE Competition
message posted: 21-11-2008 19:21

IPE is very proud to announce another three new units who will perform on Sunday March 8th (Contest Estaimpuis) and Sunday April 5th (IPE Championships). Shooting Stars from Boulogne sur Mer (FRA), Showband Le Symphonic from Denain (FRA) and Showband Majestic also from Denain (FRA) are added to our list of performing units.

For the latest event updates please visit our: Event Info Page


NorthCoast Academy (USA) will perform at IPE European Championships
message posted: 18-11-2008 09:32

NorthCoast Academy Percussion Ensemble from Saginaw, Michigan (USA) is proud to announce that they will be traveling to Europe in April of 2009 to represent the U.S. indoor percussion community in both clinics and performances. This incredible opportunity would not be possible without the support of Dynasty USA and Muremo Music in Europe. On the European continent mr Jean Paul Ratajczek from Muremo Music will function as the liaison for their stay and performances in the indoor circuit.

NorthCoast Academy will be performing their 2009 production, "Echo." With music based on Frank Sullivan's piece "Echoes Reflected,"  Martin Hotte and Nick Pourcho's musical arrangements come to life through "Echo" with Scott Allen's brilliant visual imagery. The show carries the trademarks that NCA and the veteran design team has come to be known by, lots of notes, fast drill, and a few new surprises.

In 2003, NCA won the gold medal in the Independent Open class at WGI's World Championships. This Championship title would bump them up to the Independent World class for the 2004 season. NCA is Michigan's highest-ranked indoor percussion ensemble, and with their energetic and demanding shows, NCA continues their race to the top in the WGI Independent World class.

In addition NorthCoast Academy would like to thank the following sponsors whose continuing support of the NCA organization makes this tour possible: Dynasty Percussion Instruments, Innovative Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads and Graphics Mechanics.

The staff and members of NCA are committed to bring the audiences in Europe an incredible experience with both performance and education. NCA is honored to have this opportunity for our staff and members and is incredibly grateful for the generous support from all of our sponsors.

More NCA information can be found on: www.northcoastacademy.org.
IPE European Championships information: Click here!
NCA Video's in our IPE Media Vault: Click here!


DCE Judiging Panel to judge IPE Events
message posted: 24-10-2008 08:38

Indoor Percussion Europe and Drum Corps Europe are proud to announce that they will enter a partnership. The DCE judging panel will judge at IPE events, starting next year.

"Indoor Percussion Europe is the counterpart of Drum Corps Europe", says DCE chairman Marcel Matthijsse. "IPE has the same European goals with indoor percussion as Drum Corps Europe has with drum corps. We are very much looking forward to working with IPE."

Erwin van Gemert of IPE is pleased with the new partnership. "DCE has a lot of talented people and experience that we can benefit from. We are looking for ways to make IPE and the European indoor percussion activity stronger, and we believe partnering with experienced people like the DCE team is a great way to help us with that."

After the very succesful first IPE Championships this year, IPE will run a complete competition season for the first time in 2009.


First IPE Advisory Board meeting will be held in Dordrecht on october 23rd.
message posted: 11-10-2008 10:33

Indoor Percussion Europe will organise his first Percussion Advisory Board meeting on october 23rd in Dordrecht. Percussion advisors/specialists from Europe will discuss matters for the upcomming European Indoor Percussion Season. During this meeting they will discuss topics like education, organisation, contests and judging. Presentations and discussions are planned to begin at 20.00 pm.

“Looking back to the start of our organisation and our big success in Wevelgem last year we feel that this Percussion Advisory Board will mark the next stage of the growing process of IPE”, says Erwin van Gemert of IPE. “The Advisory Board consists of some of the most prominent and relevant percussion/visual specialists from the moment, such as Bruce Vrancken, Maurice Groen, Robby Overvliet, Marc Marien, Ramon Opmeer, Bob Thomas, among others. This meeting intends to serve as a launching platform for exchanging opinions, proposals and ideas for the future of IPE and the European Indoor Percussion activity.

The meeting is only for selected IPE Advisory Board members.


IPE Contest and Championship registration has started.
message posted: 30-09-2008 23:15

Today, the registration period for the IPE Indoor Percussion events 2009 has begun. Indoor Percussion units will be able to register for two events during the whole of October and November. The list of participating units will be published on our website as soon as the first units have registered.

IPE has launched two events for 2009. Like last year, IPE uses online registrationforms for registration on their website. The Indoor Percussion Europe management team hopes that the 2009 events will be create a fantastic indoor percussion season.

More information can be found on our: Event Info Page


2008 IPE Championships DVD now available and shipping!
message posted: 20-07-2008 20:07

It has been more than four months to the date that 1000 people witnessed performances at De Schelp (B) in the very first Indoor Percussion Europe Championships ever held in Europe. With the start of summer vacations, the delight of watching Europe’s most elite indoor percussion members reaching to attain their ultimate performances, this summer is going to be hot!

After that long anticipated wait by fans, the 2008 IPE Championships DVD is now available and shipping out to percussion fans across the world.

More information and 6 DVD samples of DrumSpirit, Unik Star, Edelweiss, Top Secret, Father Ryan and Matrix can be found on our: DVD Page


2008 WGI Percussion World Champion: Rhythm X!!!
message posted: 20-04-2008 11:36

Independent World

With a program that pushed the boundaries for visual creativity in the activity that earned caption awards for Effect and Visual, Rhythm X (OH) (Gold Medal- 96.9) took their first WGI PIW Championship with “Gone”. With a reddish-orange autumn leaf camouflage pattern on tarp, backdrops, and costumes, the line almost disappeared from view when their backs were to the audience, making them literally appear to be “gone”.

Riverside Community College (CA) (Silver Medal- 95.8) took the spectators on a journey to 1920’s-era Paris as seen through the eyes of an American traveler with “City of Lights”. Aimachi (Japan) (Bronze Medal- 94.85), always a fan favorite, once again won our hearts with “Drum Roll”. The line brought along their IW medalist guard, who in addition to flags, rifles, sabers, and batons, also utilized snare drums as equipment, tossing them high up in the air.

IPE Guests Matrix (OH) (9th- 89.7) began their program “Beats” with the most fundamental pulse of all- the human heartbeat. A big booming introduction certainly got heart rates raised as the music book took the ensemble through a number of varied styles. Some of the finest musical moments of the evening occurred during sensitively played rubato passages in a gorgeous softer section where a discernible beat was absent.

1 Rhythm X 96.90
2 Riverside Community College 95.80
3 Aimachi 94.85
4 Music City Mystique 94.60
5 North Coast Academy 92.30
6 Blue Knights 91.75
7 Freelancers 90.60
8 Gateway Indoor 90.05
9 Matrix 89.70
10 Redline 89.10
11 Infinity 87.80
12 Pulse Percussion 87.30
13 United Percussion 87.00
14 Eastside Fury Perc 86.25
15 Timber Creek Independent 84.60

Scholastic World

Taking us from an ancient Roman coliseum to modern day urban America, Dartmouth (MA) (Gold Medal- 96.75) captured the PSW title on the strength of high Effect and Visual scores with “Mightier Than The Sword”. Starting with the battery as combatants in the arena, the line continued their tradition of solid drumming with demanding parts from all sections which were executed with ease.

Demonstrating the ultimate futility of violence and war, defending PSW Champion Mission Viejo (CA) (Silver Medal- 95.75) presented “Walking In Your Footsteps”. In the beginning we heard ethereal angelic sounds as though one were present at the dawn of creation. However, the mood quickly darkened into an avalanche of aggression and rage as mankind came in conflict with itself, with drums pounding out angry outbursts when the tempo quickened.

Claremont (CA) (Bronze Medal- 94.7), moving up two places from prelims, treated us to an all-night drumming bash with “From Dusk til Dawn”. Starting with the setting of the sun, the line treated the UD Arena crowd to a spectacular percussive serenade.

IPE Guests Father Ryan (TN) (14th- 87.0) continued their tradition as clown princes of WGI with the uproarious “Seven Countries in Seven Minutes”. A hapless American tourist boarded a plane and had a series of misadventures in foreign lands. After being pounced on by a large sumo wrestler in Japan to being chased by a bull in Spain, the man was happy to finally touch the ground in the US of A, as he was greeted by this year’s Presidential candidates and the Pope.

1 Dartmouth HS 96.75
2 Mission Viejo HS 95.75
3 Claremont HS 94.70
4 Choctawhatchee HS 93.30
5 Centerville HS 92.50
6 Chino Hills HS 91.60
7 Hilliard Darby HS 91.40
8 Center Grove HS 91.20
9 Winston Churchill HS 89.85
10 Plymouth-Canton HS 88.80
11 Avon HS 87.80
12 Arcadia HS 87.55
13 Northglenn HS 87.10
14 Father Ryan HS 87.00
15 Forsyth Central HS 86.45
16 Escambia HS 86.15

IPE would like to congratulate all performing units in WGI. More scores, videos and information can be found on: www.wgi.org.


IPE Championships DVD Promo online.
message posted: 10-04-2008 23:06

Thanks to Nicky Walraven (Drumline.nl) IPE is very proud to present: The IPE Championships DVD Promo. Watch this promo in our Media Vault and get a taste of what you can expect on the IPE Championships DVD.

Order the 2008 IPE Championships DVD here
Watch the IPE Championships DVD Promo here


New Percussion Advisory Board leads IPE into the Future.
message posted: 07-04-2008 23:23

Indoor Percussion Europe welcomes eleven distinguished individuals from judgingteams, drum corps and indoor drumlines to a newly formed IPE Advisory Board.

“The board consists of diverse members who have a strong professional or artistic interest in furthering our mission.” Says IPE Spokesman Erwin van Gemert. “As captionheads, judges, instructors, arrangers and performing members, they represent the organization officially, are responsible for new ideas and propsals, and make the priority strategic decisions. The advisory board is an outstanding group of accomplished individuals with a particular affinity for IPE. With the board's guidance, we can lead IPE into the future."

The IPE advisory board members include:

Bob Thomas (USA): WGI/DCI/DCE judge and DCE Director of Education.
Maurice Groen (NL): InCorps founder/arranger/instructor, currently on staff at Juliana, Calypso and Harpe Davids, marched Dutch Boy and 2 years in Blue Knights on snare. (Won the WGI Indoor Percussion Worldtitle in 1994)
Marco Harder (NL): DCE Percussion Judge, marched Limited Edition and Dutch Boy on snare.
Bruce Vrancken (B): DCE Percussion Judge, marched 3 years in the Front Ensemble of the Blue Devils. (Won the DCI Worldtitle in 2003)
Ramon Opmeer (NL): Captionhead Percussion Jubal and marched the Madison Scouts on Tenor.
Remco Groenewegen (NL): Currently on staff at Senators and Federatieband, marched Jubal on snare.
Marc Maeriën (B): Captionhead Percussion DrumSpirit. (3-times DCE European Percussion Class Champion and IPE European Class Champion 2008)
Robby Overvliet (NL): WGI/DCI Judge and currently active in Jubal and The Pride, marched Freelancers and Emerald Marquis Winter Guard.
Erik de Vries (NL): Former Captionhead Percussion Beatrix and currently on staff at Boston Crusaders since 1996.
Adriaan de Kruijff (NL): DCE Judge and former DCE Adjudication Manager.
Erwin van Gemert (NL): InCorps founder/arranger/instructor, currently on staff at DrumSpirit, Unik Star and Avalance, marched Boston Crusaders on snare.


IPE CHAMPS: Edelweiss, DrumSpirit and Unik Star!
message posted: 30-03-2008 23:22

Edelweiss, DrumSpirit and Unik Star are the IPE Champions of 2008. More than thousand percussion fans enjoyed the climax of the IPE Championships in Wevelgem - Belgium.

Concert Class : Prelims
1) 78.4 Edelweiss (Fra)
2) 77.3 Premier Drumcorps (Ned)
3) 63.6 The Marching Drums (Bel)

European Marching Percussion Class: Prelims
1) 86.3 DrumSpirit (Bel)
2) 70.7 Beverly Drumband (Bel)
3) 66.3 Drumband Zele (Bel)
4) 65.3 News Spirit (Fra)
5) 63.6 New Generation (Bel)
6) 63.1 Shooting Stars (Fra)

International Marching Percussion Class: Prelims
1) 85.4 Unik Star (Fra)
2) 83.0 Southern Aurora (UK)
3) 72.4 Legion Star (UK)

Concert Class : Finals
1) 83.3 Edelweiss (Fra)

European Marching Percussion Class: Finals
1) 88.9 DrumSpirit (Bel)
2) 70.2 Beverly Drumband (Bel)
3) 67.2 Drumband Zele (Bel)

International Marching Percussion Class: Finals
1) 84.9 Unik Star (Fra)
2) 82.3 Southern Aurora (UK)

The audience loved the performances, including Swiss Superdrumline Top Secret, 15 competing units and the Amplification Clinic by Rob Ferguson (in front of a full house!). It was GREAT!

For the first time in history, two WGI Indoor Percussion Ensembles were performing at one event! Father Ryan High School Winter Drumline showed the audience what a young (max. 17 years old) and talented group can do! With Japanese sumo wrestlers, Irish Leprechauns, African tribals, bicycles and a Spanish (bull)fighter they got the crowed on their feet! (Twice!). Indoor Percussion Ensemble Matrix is from another planet. With their energy, their pace, their technique and their "Beats", they blew the audience away with top notch performances!

IPE would like to thank:

All competing units
All volunteers
Top Secret, Matrix and Father Ryan HS
Our Sponsors: Dynasty, InCorps, Muremo and Corps & Band
Our Judges
Our Photographers (Fotoroma and Drumcorpsmedia.com)
The Audience for making this percussion event really special!

Click here to visit our Championships Page Pictures and more articles/news will follow this week.


IPE Facts
message posted: 27-03-2008 23:37

Did you know that:

- We have already sold 800 tickets and made 100 reservations.
- We have sold tickets to people in: Sweden, Luxemburg, United States, Switserland, United Kingdom, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
- There are 70 tickets left for sale at the IPE ticketbooth.
- We have almost 400 performers and 30 volunteers.
- The US Embassy in Brussels is promoting our event for American citizens in Belgium.
- On Sundaymorning there will be a one hour summertime adjustment.
- We have 15 units from 6 different countries.
- We have several VIP guests flying in from the US. (DCI and WGI)
- There is a no smoking and no filming restriction.
- We’ll have IPE news flashes during the Championships.
- Members from Beatrix (NL), Unik Star (Fra), DrumSpirit (B), Kameleon (B) and Goteborg (Swe) have already registered for the IPE Clinic Weekend with Matrix and Father Ryan.
- There will be a video registration for the official IPE Championships DVD.
- There will be a television registration by WTV/Focus TV.
- Our IPE Office will be closed from Saturday till Monday (29/3 - 31/3).


IPE presents 2008 Championships Judges
message posted: 11-03-2008 22:48

IPE is proud to present the 2008 IPE Championships Judges.

Concert Class
- Rob Ferguson (USA)
- Dave England (USA)
- Bruce Vrancken (B): Shadowing
- Wim de Vlaminck (B): Shadowing

European Marching Percussion Class
- Rob Ferguson (USA)
- Dave England (USA)
- Marco Harder (NED)

International Marching Percussion Class
- Rob Ferguson (USA)
- Dave England (USA)
- Bruce Vrancken (B)


IPE Interview with Derek Schletzer (Director of Father Ryan HS)
message posted: 05-03-2008 10:15

The only chance to see Father Ryan's new show "7 Countries in 7 Minutes" is at the IPE Championships! Father Ryan High School Winter Drumline is one of our special guests from the United States who will perform on March 30th in Wevelgem, Belgium. To give you more insight in Father Ryan, IPE is proud to present an exclusive interview with Father Ryan Director Derek Schletzer.

Click here to read the full Interview!


Online Ticket Presale stopped! 800 tickets sold | 103 tickets reserved
message posted: 01-03-2008 13:21

Due to an unforseen high demand for tickets, IPE has decided to end the Online Ticket presale. Within five weeks IPE has sold 800 tickets! There are only 150 tickets left at the ticketbooth in Wevelgem on March 30th.

It's still possible to reserve tickets, but they won't be sent in advance anymore. Tickets can be collected at the door in Wevelgem before 9.30 am on the day and will cost EUR 12.50 a piece. Don't want to miss the IPE Championships? Email us your reservation and leave your name and amount of tickets to: tickets@indoorpercussioneurope.org

You will recieve a confirmation that your tickets are reserved till 09:30am at the ticketbooth on March 30th. After 09:30am your tickets will be sold.


IPE Interview with Rob Ferguson (Director of Matrix)
message posted: 24-02-2008 22:12

The only chance to see Matrix's new show "BEATS" is at the IPE Championships! Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble Matrix is one of our special guests from the United States who will perform on March 30th in Wevelgem, Belgium. To give you more insight in Matrix, IPE is proud to present an exclusive interview with Matrix Director Rob Ferguson.

Click here to read the full Interview!


IPE Championships registration closed
message posted: 20-02-2008 23:49

Online registration for the IPE Championships is now officially closed. Our first edition of the IPE Championships are already a great success! No less than 16 units from 6 different countries will perform in Wevelgem on March 30th.


Extra seats added to meet demand for the IPE Championships in Wevelgem
message posted: 09-02-2008 15:01

Indoor Percussion Europe has increased the seating capacity for the IPE Championships (30 March) to be held in “De Schelp” in Wevelgem due to fantastic demand for tickets. The total amount of tickets is now 1000. Over 250 performers from all around the world will take part in the IPE Championship’s spectacular program.

IPE has sold more than 700 tickets allready and had to use the extra stand in “De Schelp”. This extra stand creates 300 extra seats. Presale tickets are €10,00 a piece and €12,50 at the door. To order your tickets for the IPE Championships, please visit our Presale Ticket Page


IPE & InCorps present Indoor Percussion Weekend Clinic.
message posted: 06-02-2008 23:07

Here's your chance to play with the world’s most elite and exclusive indoor percussion ensembles in the world!

On April 5 and 6, IPE and InCorps are proud to present the first edition of our Indoor Percussion Weekend Clinic! In Cultureel Centrum "Hoeve Vandewalle" in Kuurne (B) we will present to you a full weekend with MATRIX and FATHER RYAN to play, listen, perform, learn and have fun! Don't let the chance pass you by, attend this clinic weekend now! Check out our IP Weekend Clinic page: Click here!


IPE presents Rob Ferguson Clinic "Amplifying the Front Ensemble: How to and How Much?".
message posted: 04-02-2008 07:01

The IPE Championships are going to be a mega percussion event! 515 tickets are allready sold and no less than 16 units from 6 different countries will perform on Sunday March 30th in Wevelgem, Belgium.

Besides the Championships IPE is proud to present a very unique amplification clinic. Dynasty USA Educational Endorser Rob Ferguson (The Glassmen/Matrix) will be doing this clinic entitled "Amplifying the Front Ensemble: How to and How Much?".

Rob will be focusing on the growing situation of amplification. Indoor drumlines, Marching Bands, and Drum corps are using amplification to boost their front ensemble sound. This presents many problems for the educator and Rob will help everyone figure out what would be best for all situations. Rob will also be going through the new Dynasty USA amplification equipment which includes powered PA speakers, Sub woofers, two different types of mixing boards, four microphones designed specifically for the activity, and special microphone clamps that make it easy to set up. The clinic will be held on Sunday March 30th.

Rob Ferguson has been the director of Matrix Indoor Drumline since its conception in 1999 and currently serves as the executive director, as well as the battery coordinator/arranger. Additionally, Ferguson is the front ensemble coordinator for the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently serving his sixth term as a percussion representative to the Mid-East Performance Association Board of Directors.

The clinic is part of the IPE Championships and can only be entered with a IPE Championships ticket. (Presale ticket € 10,- and € 12,50 at the door) For the latest updates please visit our: IPE Championships Page


Unik Star, Legion Star and Premier enter the IPE Championships!
message posted: 27-01-2008 23:06

IPE is very proud to announce another three new units who will perform on Sunday March 30th at the IPE Championships. Legion Star from Crawley, West Sussex (UK), Unik Star from Hellemmes (Fra) and Premier Drumcorps from Krommenie (NL) are added to our list of performing units. With only a couple of days left to register, we are proud to present 15 performing units! (Full registration must be recieved by February 20th).

For the latest updates please visit our: IPE Championships Page


Online Presale Tickets for the IPE Championships have started!
message posted: 23-01-2008 21:43

Order your IPE Championships Presale Tickets today and witness the best indoor percussion ensembles in Europe! To order your Presale tickets (€10,- a piece), please follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Email your ticket reservation before March 15th to: tickets@indoorpercussioneurope.org and send us your:
* Name
* Adress/Place
* Amount of tickets
* Phonenumber

Step 2: Please transfer your payment (amount of tickets x €10,-) before March 1st to:
* Bankaccount: 646-0125691-90
* Bank: Delta Lloyd
* Adress: Parklaan 46, 2300 Turnhout, Belgium
* Swift code ( BIC ) BNAGBEBB
* IBAN nr. BE 34646012569190

Payments must be recieved by March 1st. After your payment is recieved we will send your tickets by mail. Presale will close on March 15th! Tickets at the ticketoffice/venue in Wevelgem will cost €12,50 a piece. Be swift! De Schelp in Wevelgem holds 1000 spectators, before you know it tickets can be sold out!

For the latest updates please visit our: IPE Championships Page


New date & location! IPE Championships on Sunday, March 30th in Wevelgem, Belgium!
message posted: 16-01-2008 22:02

Indoor Percussion Europe (IPE) has changed the date and location of the 2008 IPE Championships. The organisation has decided that the new date will be Sunday, March 30th, 2008 in “De Schelp” in Wevelgem, Belgium.

“Sunday March 30th will be better in every way”, Erwin van Gemert of IPE says. “Our main reason to change the date is because of the new arrival times of our American guests. With this new date we can really build an indoor percussion event which will be much better and bigger. Fans can already start looking forward to this super weekend because they don’t have two big events on one day anymore and IPE offers them a chance to experience the world’s best indoor percussion units in Belgium!”.

“Because of the changing of the date we also had to change to location. De Schelp in Wevelgem is a fantastic indoor facility which is perfect for showcasing the exhilarating performances of the world’s most elite and exclusive indoor percussion ensembles in Europe”.

For the latest updates please visit our: IPE Championships Page


Southern Aurora, Drumband Zele, The Beverly Drumband and Shooting Stars enter IPE Championships
message posted: 16-01-2008 21:32

IPE is very proud to announce another four new units who will perform on Sunday March 30 at the IPE Championships. Southern Aurora Winter Drumline from Brighton, East Sussex (UK), Drumband Zele from Zele (B), The Beverly Drumband from Roeselare (B) and Percussion Ensemble Shooting Stars from Boulogne sur Mer (Fra) are added to our list of performing units.

For the latest updates please visit our: IPE Championships Page


Three new units enter the IPE Championships!
message posted: 03-12-2007 06:56

IPE is very proud to announce three new units who will perform on Sunday March 30 at the IPE Championships. The Marching Drums (B), Drumline Generation (B) and News Spirit (Fra) are added to our list of performing units.

For the latest updates please visit our: IPE Championships Page


Top Secret, DrumSpirit and Edelweiss enter IPE Championships!
message posted: 22-11-2007 22:50

The Top Secret Drum Corps (Switzerland), Percussion Ensemble DrumSpirit (Belgium) and Edelweiss (France) will perform at the 2008 IPE Championships. Together with WGI indoor percussion units Matrix and Father Ryan (USA) they are the first units that have registered for the competition run by Indoor Percussion Europe.

Top Secret Drum Corps are the real deal in Percussion and pretty special. The whole show is very creative and some of the patterns (rhythmically and physically) are outstanding. You can find a lot of movie clips on YouTube to check them out.

The triple DCE European Percussion Champion DrumSpirit are the first Belgian competitor to register the European percussion event. The Belgians took the gold medal for the third consecutive year at the DCE Championships last september in Rotterdam and are very consistent in achieving the highest level of indoor percussion.

Making their debut in the European indoor percussion competition, Edelweiss from France will be performing in the Concert Class. They are the first French unit in Indoor Percussion Europe. The 2008 IPE Championships will be held in Wevelgem (B) on March 30.


IPE starts new Indoor Percussion competition and so much more!
message posted: 28-10-2007 15:33

Indoor Percussion Europe is a new European based youth organisation, that is started by a group of percussion instructors, arrangers, judges and educators who are concerned about the level of percussion training and performance, primarily in Belgium, France, the UK and The Netherlands. We believe that Indoor Percussion isn't just about organising indoor percussion events, our goal is to encourage indoor percussion units to perform and entertain at our events that really fit their specific needs and demands. After DCE decided to stop the Percussion Class competition we think that the indoor percussion activities deserve a competition which is focused on Indoor Percussion and nothing else.

IPE is the governing body of the indoor percussion activity in Europe and will host a series of indoor percussion events, educational clinics and the IPE Championships during the winter and spring months. Our educational clinics are in conjunction with InCorps. These programs provide a motivational tool that can help turn non-percussionists and a typical drum section into a cohesive and entertaining percussion ensemble. Top percussion judges from the US and Europe will adjudicate all of our future events.

Our first major event will be the European Indoor Percussion Championships on Sunday March 30, 2008 in Wevelgem, Belgium. Together with Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble MATRIX (USA) and Father Ryan High School Winter Drumline (USA) we will present a day packed with Indoor Percussion and so much more! More info about IPE or how to register for the IPE Championships can be found on our website: http://www.indoorpercussioneurope.org


Father Ryan High School added to IPE Championships
message posted: 26-10-2007 22:19

Dynasty USA and Muremo Music are pleased to announce that the Father Ryan High School Winter Drum Line will travel to Europe in the winter of 2008 to participate in clinics and shows in the UK, France and Belgium.

"Father Ryan High School Winter Drum Line has set wonderful standards for entertainment and precision" says Allan Murray, vice president of Dynasty USA. "The Father Ryan High School Winter Drum Line will have a great experience here in Europe sight seeing and spreading good will throughout the marching community with clinics and shows in many different venues all over Europe and the UK" said Jean Paul Ratajczak, president of Muremo Music. "I can say that all of Europe awaits their arrival here in the winter of 2008."


Matrix (USA) will perform at IPE Championships
message posted: 26-10-2007 22:17

Matrix is proud to announce that they will be traveling to Europe in March of 2008 to represent the U.S. indoor percussion community in both clinics and performances. This incredible opportunity would not be possible without the support of Dynasty USA and Muremo Music in Europe. On the European continent mr Jean Paul Ratajczek from Muremo Music will function as the liaison for their stay and performances in the indoor circuit.

In addition Matrix would like to thank the following sponsors whose continuing support of the Matrix organization makes this tour possible: Innovative Percussion, Sabian, Remo, M & I Dancewear, and The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

The staff and members of Matrix are committed to bring the audiences in Europe an incredible experience with both performance and education. Matrix is honored to have this opportunity for our staff and members and is incredibly grateful for the generous support from all of our sponsors.