Valley Independent Percussion, "VIP", was founded in 2004 in Bakersfield, California and is a performing theatrical percussion ensemble. In 2009, VIP relocated and is the first and only Independent "Open" Class winter drum line based out of Tulare, California. The 35 - 40 members of our non-profit youth group include anyone between the ages of fourteen to twenty-two that have a passion for drumming and competing with an eight-time world championship-participating drum line. Our members join us from all over the state of California and we see ourselves as a tight-knit group with one common goal: to work hard, compete and have fun doing it. Members of VIP include students from various ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. VIP competes with groups from all over the world in several drum circuits under the elite governance of Winter Guard International (www.wgi.org).