The La Cañada High School drumline set a program best on Saturday, placing second in the Southern California Percussion Alliance finals at Cal State University, San Bernardino.
The Spartans posted a score of 90.56 for second place. Canyon High School came in first with a score of 92.24. La Cañada also qualified for the upcoming Winter Guard International Championships.
“This is the highest success rate we’ve had so far,” said Bradley Rancourt, instructor of La Cañada’s drumline. “This is the first time La Cañada High is going to world championships in the history of the school.”
Coming into this year, Rancourt’s goal was to make finals. La Cañada did that on April 2 in the Southern California Percussion Alliance semifinals at Great Oaks High School in Temecula, scoring 90.33 and missing out on first by .02 of one point.
“We’re already well above that goal,” said Rancourt, adding that La Cañada’s drumline entered the finals ranked second in the state and sixth in the world. “The goal was to come in, have a good show and make finals; everything else just kind of worked out.”