Who We Are
Valley Independent Percussion is a non-profit musical youth organization based in the San Joaquin Valley of California. The organization is a competitive indoor drum line that integrates physical, mental and artistic skills. The students that participate in this program include primarily low social and economic backgrounds from the ages of 18 until their age-out at 22.
Our mission is to provide an educational performing experience in the musical theatrical arts for students looking to challenge themselves and compete at an international level. Our activities include performances on all percussive instruments, creation of electronic music and musical elements including but not limited to vocal and digital samples, music engineering, education in areas of technique, theatrical performance and music education. These elements, along with our core values of creativity, discipline, dedication, perseverance and comradery, create a unique and life-changing experience for our members. VIP competes with groups from all over the world in several drum circuits under the elite governance of Winter Guard International.
Through dedication and a lot of hard work, Valley Independent Percussion has been able to achieve many of its goals. We have had the opportunity to create and mold players that are nationally recognized, gaining our non-profit organization the use of some of the best materials in the activity including Vic Firth sticks and mallets and Remo Drum Heads to name a few. We have attended and competed in world championships since 2006 every year that VIP has had a competing line, a feat that no other indoor percussion ensemble can claim in the San Joaquin Valley. VIP has continued to grow their program and numbers over its existence, leading us to create a junior "Independent A class" group to service youth that need to develop their skills further before joining the "Independent Open class" class. Valley Independent Percussion has inspired our members to share their hard work in the community by giving back to it in the form of instructing their schools and volunteering for several events. We have created a community of people that genuinely love what they do and work hard to succeed at it every year.
Each and every staff member and volunteer of Valley Independent Percussion shares the values that, either individually or through teamwork, drive our breakthroughs for a Competitive Traveling Indoor Percussion Ensemble.
- Creativity - We are open to new ideas and are constantly reformulating our teaching and designing methods. VIP is a group that is always evolving.
- Discipline - We make the sacrifices needed to make our youth group successful. Working every Friday, Saturday and Sunday is just the beginning of what our members and staff are willing to do to prepare our youth for their culminating world-championship experience.
- Dedication - Staff and students alike dedicate not only their time and hard work in rehearsal, but also countless hours at home or on the road preparing for their next rehearsal or competition. We understand that it takes a lot of heart and dedication to become world champions.
- Perseverance - Through financial set backs, relocation and loss of equipment, Valley Independent Percussion has created a standard of excellence that they fight to uphold and improve every year.
- Comradery - Spending hundreds, if not thousands of hours together, working towards the same goals and having fun doing it has created an environment where friendship and support between members flourishes.