Winter Percussion

Winter Percussion is a competitive performing ensemble that consists of the battery (drumline), front ensemble (mallets and electronic synths), and visual performers. The ensemble performs a 5-6 minute production in indoor arenas and gyms that combines music, marching, dance/choreography, theatrics, and props to create an exhilarating show.

Originally, Cupertino HS Winter Percussion began in the winter of 2016 to provide percussion students an opportunity to continue their percussion training specializing in the areas of battery and mallet percussion after fall marching band season has ended. Since then, the ensemble has extended the opportunity to all musicians (with or without background in percussion), including 8th graders from the Cupertino Union School District.

For the winter of 2020, Cupertino HS Winter Percussion is offering 2 ensembles to participate in: Varsity (PSW: Percussion Scholastic World Class, competes nationally at WGI San Bernardino in Southern California) and JV (PSA: Percussion Scholastic A, competes locally at NCPA events). Both ensembles require an audition. Auditions are conducted in the spring. Audition materials can be acquired by emailing Program Director Axle Aquino at

The season runs from Nov-April.

Students in grades 10, 11 & 12, who meet the attendance and participation requirements will receive 0.5 PE credits. Freshmen are not eligible to earn PE credits for their involvement in sports.

Students do not need to join marching band to participate in Winter Percussion.