San Marino Drumline Makes it Into the Finals of the WGI Percussion and Winds World Championships

Published : Monday, April 23, 2018 | 12:19 PM

On top is a picture of the closing ceremony. Photo courtesy San Marino Unified School District

The San Marino High School (SMHS)’s Drumline left for Dayton, Ohio on April 17, 2018, for the World Competitions. What you may not know is that the small, but mighty SMHS Drumline gave a “Titan” of a performance.

Throughout the tournament, SMHS’ Drumline rocked, and their performance propelled them to earn Scholastic World Class for the first time! Paralleled to athletics, this accomplishment is the equivalent to Harvard’s or Clark University’s basketball team making it to the Elite 8. On April 20, 2018, San Marino Drumline made it into the finals in the world-class division, (this is like making it to the final four against Duke, Kentucky, or Kansas). And while SMHS’ Drumline placed 17th in the finals, this cohort of students earned the respect of major Drumline programs across the nation!

More importantly than the earned respect, the students learned how championship preparation and championship performance pay off. Under SMHS’ Band Director Mr. Denny Bui and SMHS’ Percussion Coach Mr. Scott Tanak, the students poured their hearts and souls into this program, and they were handsomely rewarded for their efforts and dedication.

San Marino High School, 2701 Huntington Drive, San Marino, (626) 299-7020 or visit

San Marino Unified School District, 1665 West Dr., San Marino, (626) 299-7000 or visit

About the WGI Percussion and Winds World Championships

The WGI Percussion and Winds World Championships is the premier showcase for indoor percussion units and wind ensembles. The event is produced by WGI Sport of the Arts which also produces the WGI Color Guard World Championships on a separate weekend. The WGI Championships typically draw 15,000 participants over two weekends, including more than 350 color guards and 250 percussion ensembles from 40 states and 5 countries. For more information, visit









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