Pursuit of Perfection: The Belleville East Drumline

The Belleville East High School drumline spent countless hour preparing to compete in the Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Led by director Michael Largent, they have been in existence since 2017. In their first season they moved from B class to A class. This past March, they were promoted to Open class following their victory at the Mid East Percussion Finals in Kentucky. The group had their eyes set on the finals and did just that finishing thirteenth overall. According to their coaches the team was glowing after their final performance.



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The Belleville East High School drumline battery warms up outside of Central Junior High on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in Belleville. The drumline started the season with a class A rating but were promoted to Open class after their first place finish in a Kentucky Super Regionals Competition.

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The Belleville East High School drumline performs during a practice on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Central Junior High in Belleville. The drumline started the season with a class A rating but were promoted to Open class after their first place finish in a Kentucky Super Regionals Competition.

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From left, Eva Ortiz, 17, JaiDen Poe, 17, and Cameron Gansauer, 15, react while practicing their routine on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at High Mount Elementary in Swansea. The Belleville East Drumline is heading to Dayton, Ohio to compete in the open class of Winter Guard International, WGI, World Championships on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

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Mckenzie Grzina, 17, performs with the Belleville East High School Drumline during a practice on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Central Junior High in Belleville. The drumline members put in a minimum six hours a week of practice and often more with multiple Friday and Saturday camps spread throughout the season.

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Seventeen year-old Eva Ortiz, left, and Mckenzie Grzina, 17, relax while taking a quick break during a practice on Monday, April 1, 2019 at High Mount Elementary School in Swansea. The Bellville East Drumline is heading to Dayton, Ohio to compete in the open class of Winter Guard International, WGI, World Championships on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

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The Belleville East High School drumline swarms to hug director Michael Largent at the end of their final practice before competition on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Central Junior High in Belleville. The Belleville East Drumline is heading to Dayton, Ohio to compete in the open class of Winter Guard International, WGI, World Championships on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

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Seventeen year-old Wyatt Lopinot, center, performs with the rest of the Belleville East High School drumline on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 during a practice at Central Junior High in Belleville. The drumline members put in a minimum six hours a week of practice and often more with multiple Friday and Saturday camps spread throughout the season.

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Zachary Roewe, 16, performs during a practice on Tuesday, April 10, 2019 at Central Junior High in Belleville. The Belleville East Drumline is heading to Dayton, Ohio to compete in the open class of Winter Guard International, WGI, World Championships on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

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Director Michael Largent calls for a stop during warm ups with the Belleville East drumline battery on Monday, April 1, 2019 at High Mount Elementary in Swansea. The drumline started the season with a class A rating but were promoted to Open class after their first place finish in a Kentucky Super Regionals Competition.

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Dylan Connolly, 17, and Sydni Bozada, 17, participate in practice on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Union Elementary in Belleville. The drumline started the season with a class A rating but were promoted to Open class after their first place finish in a Kentucky Power Regionals Competition.