After performing "as they watch over us..." brilliantly at both Prelims and Finals, the Winter Percussion Group posted a score of 92.65 and were awarded the 3rd place Bronze Medal in Percussion Scholastic Concert Open. Congratulations to all of the students and staff on this INCREDIBLE accomplishment!! Also, a huge THANK-YOU goes out to the parents who volunteered their time to chaperone, assist with the truck driving and even take time off from work to drive out and support the ensemble in the audience. What a way to end such a rewarding season!!
Thanks to all the parents, friends, and patrons who supported our first Wine Tasting Event! It was a beautiful event and we look forward to doing it again!
Click HERE to see photos from the event!
Hello Kiski Nation!!!
I just wanted to invite everyone (alumni, parents, relatives, and neighbors) to the last winterguard competition of the 2014 season. TRWEA Championship will be held at Kiski Area High School this Saturday – March 29th, 2014. This is in your backyard – so I expect to see everyone there. The show starts at 1:30pm with the doors opening at 12:30pm. Your very own Kiski Area High School Percussion Ensemble and Kiski Area Winter Colorguards will be competing throughout the day.
All of our Kiski units have been working extremely hard putting the finishing touches on their shows and we need YOUR SUPPORT to cheer them on.
The show starts at 1:30 and the Kiski Percussion Open group will kick off our performances at 3:14pm. The Kiski Percussion Open ensemble just returned from a WGI Percussion Regional where they were the gold medalist in the Scholastic Concert Open Class. The ensemble will be heading to WGI Percussion Championships in April for the very first time. To help prepare them for the trip, the group will also perform their show - “As they watch over us” at the end of the evening (8:30pm) before the colorguard results are announced. If you can’t be there at 3:14pm, then be there for the 8:30pm performance.
The second part of the show will include our three winter colorguards performing throughout the evening. Performing at 4:35pm will be our very own Kiski Elementary program. This program has only been in existence for 3 years and the group continues to grow. The girls and their high school staff members have worked extremely hard these past 2 months. The girls are learning new skills and will perform their show to the music from the movie “FROZEN!”
Next up is the Kiski Area Regional A colorguard at 6:13pm. These department store clerks have been working so hard each week trying to please their “debutante shopper” but it seems they just can’t get it right. This group has the task of using over 100 pieces of equipment in their show. The amazing part – they haven’t lost one item yet. (Cross your fingers for this last week) The most remarkable part of this group is their age range – 5th to 12th graders! Even though they come from all different Kiski Area schools – they perform as a ONE! Check out their show – “All about the brand!”
And finally we have our Kiski Area Scholastic A colorguard completing the night with their performance of “Colorblind” at 7:29pm. This group of girls has done an amazing job this year. They were a finalist, where they placed third, at the Pittsburgh WGI Regional and a WGI Regional Semi-Finalist in Cincinnati. These 17 girls, along with their staff, have worked extremely hard this season and they look forward to their final performance of the year this Saturday. This is a MUST see!!!
Overall, four extremely talented groups all representing the Kiski Area School District. Just as amazing as the Kiski groups are the PARENTS, STUDENT/PARENT FLOOR CREWS, and STAFF MEMBERS that make this all possible. Without them we would not be able to host the TRWEA Championship show, have props, uniforms, instruments, equipment, and everything you see during a performance. Thanks for the incredible support!
Talking about support……..we need everyone out to Kiski Area High School for Championships this Saturday – March 29th! Wear your Kiski shirts and cheer loud for our groups on Saturday night!
See you there!!
Kiski will be hosting the TRWEA Championship show on March 29, 2014! For info, got to www.trwea.org. Come out to support all the outstanding Kiski ensembles in the final local winter event of the season....
Kiski Area Elementary Winterguard
Kiski Area SRA Winterguard
Kiski Area High School Winterguard
Kiski Area Winter Percussion
The HS Winterguard just came of their amazing semifinalist performance at the WGI Mid-East Regional in Cincinnati, OH. Congrats ladies for all your hard work and dedication! You made us very proud!! Additionally, the Kiski Area Winter Percussion will be heading out to WGI World Championships which is a first for our percussion program!! Good luck to all as you near the end of another great season!!
Congratulations to the High School Winter Percussion Ensemble for their Scholastic Concert Open win this past weekend at the WGI Regional in Dayton, Ohio. The group will now gear up for a final push towards WGI World Championships, which are April 10th-12th also in Dayton, OH. Congrats again Percussion!!
The CBO will be performing at Kiski Area High School on April 4, 2014! Click HERE for ticket and general info!!
Click on the image if you are interested in signing up for the Kiski Area Elementary Winterguard! Information is available on the flyer!!!
Thanks to all who helped bring this amazing event together. Between Thursday night's innaugural Winter Percussion Ensemble Concert and Saturday's highly attended Camp Concert, over 50 (!!!!!!) different percussionists performed. It was certainly a life-changing event for all involved and check out both the Kiski Bands Facebook Page and Twitter Feed for more pictures! Can't wait for next year!!! Percussion hype..
It is with extreme excitement that the Kiski Area Bands announce a director change for the Kiski Area Marching Band! Beginning in the 2014 season, Mr. Robert Traugh will be taking the reins of Kiski Area's marching band, as Mr. Pityk steps down to dedicate more time to his family and develop other areas of the Kiski Band program.
"The decision to step down, which was solely mine, was a very difficult one," says Pityk. "The Kiski Marching Band has been a part of my life since I was 14 years old. So as you can imagine, my loyalty and dedication to this band runs very deep. I feel so privileged to have lead a group that has positively influenced so many students for so many years. But with three children in my life now, I must balance the time I have more effectively."
Pityk has directed the marching for nine years, leading the group to five Bands of America Regional Championship titles, two Bands of America Grand National Semi-finalist appearances, as well as a multitude of local titles and awards. He continues, "This is so bitter sweet for me. While I will miss working with this group on a full time basis, I'm thrilled that Mr. Traugh is taking over; he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table."
Pityk's and Traugh's daytime responsibilities will remain essentially the same within the High School and Intermediate School respectively. Traugh, like Pityk, is an alumnus of the Kiski Band program. He brings a lot to the table having already directed another nationally acclaimed program. In addition, he arranges, composes, writes drill, is a jazz aficionado, and is a stellar trombonist. Traugh has a long and proud history with the program having been a member of the group, and he also served as a staff member with the ensemble before taking his own full-time gig.
"This program, school district and school community hold a special place in my heart. Both my wife and I went through this district and band program." Traugh continues, "I am both humbled and honored that Mr. Pityk and Mr. Heiny have trusted me to head up the marching band program. There is a very proud history associated with the marching band and I would like to honor that tradition while encouraging an excitement for what lies ahead." Traugh previously served as the Director of Bands at Norwin High School from 2007 through the spring of 2013 with an outstanding track record.
The official announcement of the reign change was made at last season's annual band banquet in November. The response was very well-received and the student and parent support has been overwhelming. Mr. Chad Heiny, who also teaches instrumental music at Kiski Area High School, will continue his role as Assistant Marching Band Director. Heiny has been an assistant since 2006, serves as the district's percussion specialist, and is truly a world class educator and performer. He has been an integral part of Kiski's success during Pityk's tenure and the two will miss working together full-time with the marching band moving forward.
Pityk will continue to be involved with planning and design for the marching band as well as teaching at occasional rehearsals, but will primarily serve the group "behind the scenes." All the directors and staff for the marching band are excited for what the future holds and look forward to begin the journey for the 2014 season. The Kiski Area Bands wish to thank Mr. Pityk for the time he has served as Kiski's marching band director and also wish a huge congratulations to Mr. Traugh on his new and exciting responsibility!
And to start the New Year, below is a kick off video for the 2014 season!