Columbia Percussion United was the final group to march through the 42nd National High School Culture Festival in August in Matsumoto, Japan, following student drum groups from Japan, Austria, South Korea and China.

The road transitioned to loose gravel as the ensemble, consisting of 20 student percussionists from Rock Bridge, Hickman and Battle high schools, neared the end of the parade route. Spectators overflowed from the sidewalk into the route, cramping the percussionists’ space.

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