COUNTRY United States
The Vegas Vanguard was founded by Executive Director Brian Howerton in 2004 with the purpose of providing the youth of Las Vegas with an opportunity to further educate themselves in percussion performance, proper playing techniques, musicianship, dedication, hard work, healthy competition, and teamwork. The group gives students who don't have an indoor percussion ensemble at their high school, college, or university, an opportunity to join a high quality organization that will provide the proper education to allow the student to continue their percussion endeavors. The organization is made up of two ensembles that serve the Las Vegas Valley, The Percussion Theater and The Entertainment Drumline.
Vegas Vanguard Percussion Theater (VVPT) has been a member of Winter Guard International in the Percussion Independent A Class since 2005, and has competed in several of the WGI West Coast Regional's, receiving two 3rd Place, four 2nd Place, and seven 1st Place awards at WGI Regionals from 2006-current. The group has placed 3rd in the PIA Class at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio in 2011 and 2012! VVPT has also participated in Southern California Percussion Alliance Circuit Championships in the PIA Class in 2006 (1st place), 2007 (2nd place), 2009 (1st place), and 2010 (2nd Place). The ensemble competed locally in the Southern Nevada Indoor Percussion Association Circuit, placing first in the Independent A/Open Class from 2006-2010.
The Vegas Vanguard is proudly sponsored/endorsed by SABIAN Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks/Mallets, Pearl Drums, StickTape.com, and Remo Drumheads.
2012-13 Staff: Brian Howerton, Robb Sirat, Mac Purdy, John Speas, Chris Tactay, and C.D. Young.