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After 10 years of hard work, RPHS wins its first NW Performing Arts Association competition

After 10 years of hard work, Rex Putnam High School's drum line has won its first NW Performing Arts Association competition.

This year's show was called Suit-Suite, based on the card suits and two jokers, one "good" and one "mischievous," representing age-old archetypes.

"Much like life and family, we all live this story complete with wild-cards," said Kingsmen Thunder Drum Line Director René Ormae-Jarmer.

Kingmen Thunder won the Feb. 23 competition at St. Helens High School despite the fact that the North Clackamas School District does not financially support this program.

COURTESY PHOTO - Kingmen Thunder celebrating their winning a regional drumming competition, include back row, from left, Gabe Winden, Maria Preston, Jesse Ramirez, Alec Donn, Jacob Milburn, Sam Zimmer, Bradford Nelson, Noah Wilson and Wyatt Bell. Front row, from left, are Shane McIntosh, Samantha Michael, Lilly Lozier, Cassie Barrett and Elizabeth Torres."We still beat other lines that have a long history of support from their districts," Ormae-Jarmer said. "We continue to provide opportunities for the one of the most solid youth development activities in this entire area."

Kingsmen Thunder rehearse on Mondays and Wednesday evenings at Rex Putnam.

"The passion and work that this program instills in the students and the community has helped shine a spotlight on music education that is still being chipped away at on so many levels in our country," Ormae-Jarmer said. "This marching percussion art form has historical, cultural and a solid musical education behind it. It's also a spectacle with drill, dance, theater and high skill sets that are taught in four-hour rehearsals."

Kingsmen will compete again March 16 at Sherwood High School. Doors open at

5 p.m. and include a $10-$15 admission fee; Kingsmen are scheduled to perform at 7:15 p.m.

Performances also take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 23 at Liberty High School. This regional Winter Guard International event is open to the public for $15.

On April 10, Kingsmen Thunder will perform after the 7 p.m. Rex Putnam Band performance at 8:15 p.m. in main gym at 4950 S.E. Roethe Road, Oak Grove.

Kingsmen Thunder are establishing a fund for missing instruments and repairs. Kingsmenthunderdrumline.com has a PayPal donation button. For more information about sponsoring the team or donating items to next year's annual auction, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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