PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The Pascagoula Indoor Percussion Ensemble, known as PIPE, recently won the gold medal at the Louisiana Mississippi Color Guard & Percussion Circuit championships.
They were competing against five other ensembles from Louisiana and Mississippi in the Regional A division. They won first place with a score of 82.95, a full three points higher than the next group.
"This is a huge accomplishment because this is the group's first year in existence," said Pascagoula High's percussion instructor Casey Caviness. "The group had a slow start, placing fourth in their first competition. However, they worked hard, improved greatly and placed first at the next three competitions leading up to the championships."
PIPE was conceived two years ago by Caviness, who is also the band director at Trent Lott Academy. Band Parents Association. Membership in the ensemble was open to students from both Pascagoula and Gautier High Schools.
Performing members include: Sean Caviness, Roma Patel, Meha Patel, Jada Ruffin, Brett Ryan, Chris Nix, Josh Peek, Ashley Powe, Justin Kellum, Matt Bush, Cameron Myrick, Uriah Windham, Aubrion O'Guin, and Matthew Killen, all of Pascagoula High School; and, Jonathan Nelson and Adrian Pitts from Gautier High School.
In addition to Caviness, the group is also instructed by Brandon Wilson of Gautier High, Pascagoula High alumnus Michael Brown, and Mark Reynolds, the percussion instructor for the Ohio State University Marching Band.