Planning has begun for the 2024 season and our trip to Horizon Percussion's first-ever out of state WGI regional! If you're interested in becoming a member, please fill out our interest form here: https://forms.gle/Bafbw3eTJJtgAN5eA
As a seasoned performer and educator as well as one of the founders of Horizon Percussion, Joshua wanted to give kids one of the most amazing experiences of their lifetime and to have their time at Horizon inspire them to be the best people and musicians they can be.
"I am excited to use the strengths and talents I have to help Horizon progress forward as a team and as an ensemble, but more than anything else I am excited to be able to help the students at Horizon have the best indoor experience they can possibly have. I know firsthand how much marching with an ensemble can mean to someone, and I'm glad I get to help Horizon provide our students that sort of ensemble and family."
Horizon Percussion is the brainchild of Shad. After noticing a void in the indoor percussion activity in Utah Valley, he took it upon himself to create an opportunity for youth and young adults to experience the competitive indoor percussion activity. In the summer of 2019, he built a team of designers and educators to help create Horizon Percussion. He has been with the ensemble since its inception and continues to lead it to new heights.
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Born in Provo, Michael has spent his musical career exploring different musical traditions from around the world in order to facilitate understanding and appreciation for other cultures. He has performed in DCI, steel bands, Irish bands, a Klezmer group, a Samba band, Chinese opera styles, Tango styles, and written award winning Balinese Gamelan inspired music. He is excited to bring all of these different musical approaches to Horizon and explore new ideas with the students/performers! And... he likes gummy bears.
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Justin is from Plainfield, Indiana and has lived in Utah for 4 years. Growing up, music was always the most important thing he was involved in and, because he lived in close proximity to Indianapolis and Dayton Justin was able to experience the marching arts at its highest level. He marched bass drum and tenors while in high school and fell in love with performing. After graduating from BYU with a degree in history teaching, he decided to get back into percussion as the percussion director at Provo High School.
"I want to approach my percussion teaching just like I do every day in my classroom, making sure that the growth of the individual comes before anything else. I am excited to work with Horizon Percussion this season and hope to achieve excellence with the performers and with the ensemble as a whole."
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RayRay is a mother of four who loves family, teaching, cooking, music, and marching band. She has performed with Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps, RCC marching band and indoor percussion, and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. RayRay has been teaching professionally since 2002 at multiple high schools and drum corps across both California and Utah, and she currently teaches with The Battalion Drum & Bugle Corps as well as Lehi High School.