DARTMOUTH – The student-led Framingham High percussion ensemble won the 2018 New England Scholastic Band Association’s Percussion State Championship in Dartmouth, over the weekend.
Framingham High, under the direction of Framingham High senior Ryan Gallagher, received 88.30 points on Saturday and captured first place, a gold medal, and the state championship title.
“This year in our first competition we lost to Bishop Feehan High, but just yesterday at finals we came back and beat them. We were hungry to get back on top and it paid off in the end,” said Gallagher to Source.
Gallagher is the sole director, arranger, and composer for the group. He also oversees the rehearsals.
The 2018 program has been rehearsing since December. The program is called “The Black Waltz.”
Ensemble members in additional to Gallagher, are Sereen Jarrar, Gustavo Gomes, Ian Moore, Aidan Beckman, Dan Rogers, Becky Weisman, Olivia Denman, Nick Heineman, Heath Bastow, Dunnivan Shea, Lauren Casale, and Thomas Casale.
“The best thing about percussion ensemble is the fact that we are student run,” said Gallagher. “This means it’s just me and the ensemble that work to write and put on an awesome 8-minute performance for the judges.”
Last season, Ramsay and Gallagher were co-directors, of a percussion ensemble that finished undefeated and state champions.
This year, Gallagher led the ensemble to its state championship title.