About the Show:

“Water understands Civilization well”—Ralph Waldo Emerson…
Man has a dependent relationship with water. It soothes us as we hear it crash, it destroys and overwhelms us in its storms, it cools us in heat and warms us in winter, we are even born in it… Spirit Winter Percussion presents their 2018 show, exploring four stages of humanity’s dependency on water.

The poetic structure of this year’s show is based on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem, Water. The design concept draws from the impressionistic style, harkening to the famous artists and composers including Claude Monet, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Maurice Ravel.

The show begins with man’s very first encounter with water before birth, and journeys through our child-like playful discoveries and explorations of water. As children grow up, their interactions with water evolve into a mature relationship where our lives (and often our livelihoods) depend on water. As we age, our life experiences often require of us a healthy respect for the power of water, the destruction a raging storm can cause… and a storm’s uncanny beauty.

In the end, isn’t it often life’s storms and the sufferings they cause that lead us to determination, strength, and overcoming? #BostonStrong #HoustonStrong #VegasStrong


Insight into Spirit’s Show

Ian Hale Leading Spirit Winter Percussion Forward

A look under the Hood of Spirit’s Spinning Platforms

Behind the Scenes:

The design concept for this year’s program draws from the impressionistic style, harkening to famous artists and composers from the 1800’s including Claude Monet, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Maurice Ravel.

Final Impressionistic Floor Design:
Set Design
The performance background features nine “Five-sided” spinning triangles with 45 life sized impressionistic-style images reflecting the different sections of the show. Take a look at the 2018 Panel Designs.

Members will also perform on spinning performance platforms—innovative technology for the activity! Take a look under the Hood of Spirit’s Spinning Platforms.

Costume Design:

Spirit’s 2018 costumes were inspired by the style of 1800’s period clothing.

The water understands Civilization well;
It wets my foot, but prettily,
It chills my life, but wittily,
It is not disconcerted,
It is not broken-hearted:
Well used, it decketh joy,
Adorneth, doubleth joy:
Ill used, it will destroy,
In perfect time and measure
With a face of golden pleasure
Elegantly Destroy.

Season Scores:

(Percussion Independent Open Class)

84.15—NESBA Show, Dartmouth, MA on February 24
87.8 (1st)—WGI Regional Prelims, Trumbull, CT on March 3
89.25 (1st)—WGI Regional Finals, Trumbull, CT on March 3
90.9—NESBA Show, Salem, NH on March 10
90.4—NESBA Show, Dover, NH on March 11
89.5—WGI East Power Regional Prelims, Toms River, NJ on March 17
91.475—WGI East Power Regional Finals, Toms River, NJ on March 18
96.7 (1st)—NESBA Championships, Dartmouth, MA on April 7

WGI World Championships:
93.025 (1st)—Prelims, Troy, OH on April 19
94.913 (2nd)—Semi Finals, Fairborn, OH on April 20
95.363 (2nd)—Finals, Dayton, OH on April 21


Spirit Winter Percussion | PO Box 2831 | Orleans, MA, USA | 508-255-4044