Cleveland High School Band Program has announced recent accomplishments for the Cleveland Arts Performance Ensembles earned as they participated in the 2019 WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. They ended a successful season for each of their three performing ensembles. The competitions took place between April 4th-14th at various venues in and around Dayton, Ohio.
The Winter Guard presented their show “The Beatles” in Scholastic Open Class and competed with over 50 winter guards made up of the most advanced programs and performers from across the country. The Winterguard advanced to the finals competition and placed 9th overall.
The Scholastic Concert Open Class Percussion Ensemble performed “Pictures at an Exhibition” in competition with other groups from across the country, finishing a strong second place and bringing home the Silver Medal.
Bringing home the gold in Scholastic World Class was the Cleveland High School Winter Winds. Entertaining the audience with their show “The Joker”, Cleveland Winds was ranked first place and was named World Champions among their competitors.
Band Director Jason Heard said, “The Cleveland Arts Performance Ensembles represented Johnston County Public Schools and Cleveland High School with pride at Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. Cleveland Arts were one of only six schools in the nation to have representatives in all three divisions(guard, percussion, and winds) at this event. We are extremely proud of the students, staff, and parents who work tirelessly for an outstanding season and creating a culture everyone can be proud of. None of this success would be possible without the outstanding middle school feeder programs at Cleveland Middle (Paul Black, Director) and Swift Creek Middle (Steven Rainville, Director). In addition, without the support of Cleveland High School Principal, Jenna Sauls, and Superintendent of Johnston County Public Schools, Ross Renfrow, none of this would be possible. ”
Cleveland Arts Performance Ensembles strives to provide superior opportunities for artistic and personal growth. Through these experiences, students learn the true meaning of setting a long-term goal and that it takes every day determination to achieve and accomplish it. Cleveland Arts Performance Ensembles continues to bring national recognition to Cleveland High School and the Town of Clayton and is proud to represent the community as they travel throughout the country.