Auburn Woman Features in NH Percussion Ensemble

by | Feb 16, 2022

The Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps, based in Nashua, New Hampshire, will host the Spartans Winter Invitational, a competition for indoor percussion ensembles and winter guards, on Feb. 19, 2022. The Winter Invitational is part of the New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) winter competition season and will feature eight indoor percussion ensembles and 12 winter guards from high schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as well as the Spartans Indoor Percussion, the only independent percussion ensemble in New England. The Spartans is a nationally ranked drum and bugle corps, which placed first in Open Class in 2019, the most recent full Drum Corps International (DCI) season due to COVID-19.  It was the Spartans’ sixth World Championship.

Members of the Spartans Indoor Percussion practice for the Spartans Winter Invitational, part of the New England Scholastic Band Association, to be held on Feb. 19, 2022. From left, Shaleigh Brooks, 24, Auburn, Massachusetts; Hayden Dolan, 20, Mansfield, Massachusetts; Cam McHugh, 22, Salem, Massachusetts; Daniel Piro, 21, Willimantic, Connecticut; Sarah Mendes, 23, Seekonk, Massachusetts; and Brendan Harrington, 19, Stoughton, Massachusetts. [Photo credit MARTHA WHITMORE/Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps]

What: Spartans Winter Invitational, a NESBA Competition
When: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022
Where: Elm Street Middle School, 117 Elm St., Nashua, NH
How Much: $10 adults / $8 students and seniors
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Shaleigh Brooks, 24, of Auburn, Massachusetts, is part of Spartans Indoor Percussion in Nashua, New Hampshire. The Spartans have the only independent indoor percussion ensemble in New England and will host the Spartans Winter Invitational, part of the New England Scholastic Band Association, on Feb. 19, 2019, in Nashua. [Photo credit MARTHA WHITMORE/Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps

“We’ve had a great response to our inaugural Indoor Percussion ensemble, and we’re excited to host a NESBA winter competition for the first time,” said Paul G. LaFlamme Jr., president of the

Spartans. “It’s vital to give young people a place to practice and perform their music, particularly during the winter when some schools don’t offer a competitive music program. We look forward to demonstrating what we’ve been able to accomplish through hard work and commitment in our first year.”

The Spartans Winter Invitational is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information about the event or the Spartans 2022 DCI season, please visit or call 603-883-0523 Ext. 224.

Media who wish to cover the Spartans Winter Invitational on Feb. 19, should contact Paul LaFlamme Jr. at, or 603-661-1070.

About The Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps
The Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps is a community-based performing arts program in Nashua, New Hampshire. An independent non-profit organization, not affiliated with any school or government organization, the Spartans is one of the most respected and established drum corps organizations in the U.S. The corps was founded in 1955 as a way to keep at-risk youth off the streets. The Spartans is run by a dedicated group of volunteer parents and a professional teaching staff who work in harmony with all members to create and maintain a proud, responsible youth organization.