WGI Winds presents marching music ensembles in the same performance environment as indoor color guard and percussion ensembles to showcase their musicianship with any kind of instrumentation.  Two divisions of competition are offered, one for scholastic groups and another for all-age ensembles. Each division includes A, Open, and World Class levels of competition.

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As one of the world’s largest and most influential marching arts organizations, WGI is pleased to be bringing exciting competitive and educational opportunities to students in the winds section in full support of the total band program. By creating WGI Winds, the legacy of excellence has an outlet for a high quality performance experience.  Students are judged by the most skilled adjudicators working in the marching arts today while sharing their love of music and motion under the guiding principle of an educationally sound scoring system.

WGI Winds competitions were added to select existing regional competitions and, culminating in the WGI Winds Championships held in Dayton, Ohio, in conjunction with the WGI Percussion World Championships. 

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FAQ

Why WGI Winds?
What about school concert programs?
How will WGI Winds be scored?
What classes of competition are offered?
What ages are allowed in WGI Winds?
What instruments are allowed in WGI Winds?
Are electronics allowed in WGI Winds?
What is the size of the performance space for WGI Winds?
How long is a WGI Winds performance?
What are the rules for WGI Winds?
Can a WGI Winds group have color guard and percussion performers?
When will WGI Winds events take place?
When will WGI Winds event calendar be announced?
Will WGI Winds have a world championship?
What is the cost to participate in WGI Winds?
How will WGI Winds function in the future?
I would like more information on WGI Winds.  Where can I sign up for announcements and updates?

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2016 Winds Rules

Winds Score Sheets

 

 

Why WGI Winds?
• WGI Sport of the Arts exists to provide a venue for young people to achieve the extraordinary through performance and competition.  WGI Winds is natural extension of existing indoor color guard and percussion ensemble programs that continue to grow at a phenomenal rate each year in the United States, Europe, and Asia.


What about school concert programs?
• WGI Winds is offered as optional part of a total music program and should be considered as an extracurricular activity.  Internal surveys of students currently participating in WGI color guard and percussion ensembles show that over 20% play another instrument.  We do not encourage or support WGI Winds to be a substitute for school concert programs.


How will WGI Winds be scored?
• Three judges will judge each contest.  The elements to be judged are Music Analysis (30 points), Visual Analysis (30 points), and Overall Effect (40 points).


What classes of competition are offered?
• There are two levels of classification – Independent (all-age) and Scholastic. For each of these levels, competition is offered in A Class, Open Class and World Class. This allows ensembles to compete in and be compared with similar skill level groups.


What ages are allowed in WGI Winds?
• There is no age limit in the independent classes.  Scholastic ensembles must follow WGI Scholastic Eligibility Certification requirements as prescribed in rules.


What instruments are allowed in WGI Winds?
• Instruments typically utilized and recognized as part of a band or orchestra are allowed.


Are electronics allowed in WGI Winds?
• Yes.  This includes electronic guitars, strings, synthesizers, keyboards, etc.…anything that will enhance your production.


What is the size of the performance space for WGI Winds?
• Competition area measures sixty feet by ninety feet (60’ x 90’).


How long is a WGI Winds performance?
• Performances times vary by class.  See chart under 5.1 on Winds Rules.


What are the rules for WGI Winds?
Click here to view rules for WGI Winds.


Can a WGI Winds group have color guard and percussion performers?
• Yes.  Any combination of performers is allowed.


When will WGI Winds events take place?
• WGI Winds events take place within the regular competitive season between February and April of each year.


When will WGI Winds events take place?
• WGI Winds events have been scheduled in conjunction with Percussion or Winter Guard Regionals. (Click here to access the WGI Winds Schedule)


Will WGI Winds have a world championship?
• WGI Winds World Championships are held in conjunction with the WGI Percussion World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.  Prelims on Saturday will be held at the Nutter Center, and finals on Sunday morning at UD Arena. 


What is the cost to participate in WGI Winds?
• Cost will be the same as color guards and percussion ensembles in other WGI events.  Groups will be required to pay a one time processing fee and regional events will be $225, Power Regionals $375 and WGI Winds Championships will be $525 per competing group.


How will WGI Winds function in the future?
• As with color guard and percussion ensembles, an advisory board comprised of participating groups govern the division and oversee artistic and judging policies.


I would like more information on WGI Winds.  Where can I sign up for announcements and updates?
Click here to sign up for WGI Winds information as it becomes available.

 


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