FL drumline wins regional event, advances to world championships

The Forest Lake drum line at the March 16 competition held at Forest Lake High School.
The Forest Lake drumline at the March 16 competition held at Forest Lake High School.


Forest Lake Area High School’s drumline team will be heading to the Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships next month after taking first place in their division at regionals last weekend.

Minnesota teams dominated in Minneapolis Regional Finals, held March 23 in Buffalo, Minn.

The region included percussion teams from around the Midwest, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

In the Scholastic A Division, seven of the top eight finishers were Minnesota schools; the Rangers, with a score of 81.750, eclipsed second-place Burnsville (78.900) and third-place Buffalo (74.400) to win the regional title.

The win earned the Rangers the chance to compete at the WGI Percussion World Championships, held April 18 – 20 at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

The Forest Lake team includes seniors Ashley Thaemert, Ben Green, Dannielle Ihfe, Emily Johnson, Erica Raphael, Jake Otto, Kayla Adams, Michael Oster and Tanner Vass; juniors Belen V. Rubio, Jennifer Bracht, La Moua, Mack Steinberg, Micah Ison and Ryan Moen; sophomores Dana Flickinger, Meg Maurer and Sarah Neeck; freshmen David Raphael, EJ Rubio, Nathan Oster, Parker Lindberg and Ryan Schuna; 8th graders Antonio Rubio, Brendyn Oltman, Jon Leppala, Josh Bracht, Keagan Larson, Logan Gilbert, Marissa Hommes and Tommy Ulrich; and 7th Graders Analise Gallatin, Anna Kronmiller, Ashley LeRoux, Hailey Walker, Ian Flickinger and Tristan Beehler.