Ladue percussionists claimed five of the six trophies awarded at the Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy Competition held Saturday, March 5, at the Cowen Civic Center in Lebanon, Missouri. Ladue Schools’ is the first program to single-handedly take five trophies in the competition since its inception a decade ago.
In the high school timpani division, Miles Kim (11), Jacob Cytron (11) and Ian Pallares (10) took first, second and third places respectively; Miles Kim (11) and Audrey Wang (10) claimed second and third place in the high school marimba division.
Fifty collegiate and high school performers arrived from around the country to compete in this prestigious event, which features two competitions — marimba and a rotating category that alternates between concert snare drum, timpani and multiple percussion. The competitors receive comments from internationally known artists who offer a masterclass to the top place winners. Previous judges have included Leigh Howard Stevens, Gordon Stout, She-e Wu, Mark Ford and Michael Burritt. Janis Potter was this year’s adjudicator.