G2 State Champ   GAP-1 performing on stage

The Grove Area Percussion team – comprised of two groups known as GAP-1 and GAP-2 – had an excellent season this year. GAP-2 won the state championship on April 6 (pictured above left), claiming their stake as champions for the third year in a row. In Dayton, Ohio, GAP-1 competed in the national championship and made it to the semi-finals on April 11 (pictured above right). Students from all four high schools have the opportunity to participate in Grove Area Percussion. Through this opportunity, students expand their knowledge of musical instruments, gain confidence in music performance and learn how to play together as a team.

Grove Area Percussion Director Michael Brown (affectionately known by many as "Brownie") earned the Instructor of the Year award from the Minnesota Percussion Association honoring his tremendous contributions to the Minnesota drumline community. Michael (pictured below) is a longtime instructor and mentor. Drumline instructors from across Minnesota nominated and selected Michael as the award recipient.

Michael Brown headshot