Who are we?
Ironwood Ridge Indoor Percussion is the premiere scholastic indoor percussion ensemble of all of Southern Arizona. Founded in 2005, the groups has achieved much success over the past 15 years, winning WGAZ state championships in 2006 and 2016. Our members have gone on to perform with some of the top percussion ensembles in the country after high school, accrediting much of their success to the fundamental skills learned in the IRHS Percussion program.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, our ensemble would regulary travel throughout the Southwest to compete in local and regional competitions for Winter Guard Arizona and Winter Guard Internartional. This season, we will be performing virutally, submitting videos of our performances online, via video submissions. We are excited to safely be able to still offer performance oppuritunities for our student musicians.
Importance of the 2021 Drum-a-thon Fundraiser:
On Saturday, January 23, 2021 will be holding our 5th annual drum-a-thon to raise fund for our organization. In addition to not traveling this year's performances, out parent booster association (Ironwood Ridge Music Association) is not able to host our annual Ironwood Ridge Pageantry Arts Classic event. This well-attended event typically hosts 20-30 winter guards and percussion ensembles, and was proudly the largest show in Sourthern Arizona. Hosting this show is usually a major fundraiser for our booster association. This 2021 Drum-a-thon fundraiser will be our only source of funrdraising this spring. More than ever, donations from our community will help make our 2021 indoor percussion season a very special one for all members of this ensemble, even with COVID-19 adjustments.
During just one season of indoor percussion, we typically go through thousands of dollars in sticks, mallets, props, drum heads, parts, and even drums for our ensemble to remain competitive. We also must pay for show fees, show arranging rights, drill/staging, world-class instructors, a floor tarp, custom uniforms, while often building elaborate props for our show. The activity is rapidly changing, and we wish to remain on the cutting edge for our region, which creates a HUGE need for fundraising from our community! In addition to the costs we must incur every season, we have the looming fact that most of our equipment is about to be 20 years old - much of it is begin to have issues and break. In oder to continue giving our students the best experience possible, we need to begin to replace and repair equipment ASAP.
By donating to our performing arts ensemble, you are supporting a local youth program, which is reflection the positive values of the Oro Valley, and greater Tucson community.
2021 Drum-a-Thon Details:
Typically, we rehearse all day and into the evening on our production ,while inviting guests to come and observe us. Due to COVID-19 saftey restrictions, we are temporaily holding rehersals on Zoom with our students and instructional team. For this year's drum-a-thon, we will be continuing with our online Zoom format. Students will be drumming throughout the day, while checking in with instructors via live sessions throughout the day. This allows our students to practice skills as they would in person, while checking in with educational sessions from our instructional team. Students are seeking donors for every hour they drum, both in our Zoom sessions and the time between that from 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the drum-a-thon date. Donors may also choose to give a flat sponosrship donation, which is highly recommended!
You can help us with our $5000 Go-Fund-Me Campaign in addition to our student in-person collected pledges.
2021 Performance Uploads:
Later in the spring, we will be sending any public performance runthough YoutTube links to this Go-Fund-Me donors! Thank for for your consideration and support of our award-winning percussion ensemble.
Please share this Go-fund-me to help us reach our goal!!!