Glossary of Terms


Advisory Board Member – Membership is available to all organizations in the color guard, percussion and winds ensemble community based on achievement at World Championships. Those organizations that achieve Advisory Board membership shall have the responsibility of defining the adjudication and competitive attributes of WGI Sport of the Arts and electing representative to the Board of Directors. (See WGI Policy Manual: Color Guard Section 1.1, Percussion Section 2.1 and Winds Section 3.1)

Arrangement Permission – Percussion and Winds groups are responsible for securing Permission to Arrange for each selection included in their program; submitting this documentation to WGI is no longer required.

Backside Seats– Groups registered for World Championships events can purchased discounted backside seat tickets for Color Guard and Percussion World Class Finals.

Board of Directors – The Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from the Color Guard, Percussion, and Winds Advisory Boards and is legally and financially responsible for the conduct of WGI Sport of the Arts. The Board of Directors is empowered to exercise the management of the business and affairs of the Corporation. Notice of any action taken by the Board of Directors shall be communicated to the community as soon as possible and appropriate thereafter. (See WGI Bylaws Article 3.1)

CompetitionSuite – A website which provides delivery of Judge Commentary and where some group information (such as Spiel Sheets and marching members) is entered.

Director – The person whose name is to be announced during performance at WGI Events.

Division Class – The class the group will be competing in: A, Open, World, Regional A or Junior (virtual only).

• Regional A Class – Novice programs and performers.

• A Class – Beginning programs and performers.

• Open Class – The intermediate developmental level of performers.

• World Class – The most advanced programs and performers.

Division Subtype – Independent or Scholastic. Scholastic is represented by those whose membership comes from the SAME High School or a school that feeds to that particular High School. In rare cases WGI may approve Combined School status for qualifying groups that apply. Independent is represented by those whose members are not necessarily associated with a particular school. Can be associated with a university.

Division Type – Color Guard, Percussion or Winds.

Event transfer – Any group registered for a WGI Event that is unable to attend has the option to transfer to another event. There is a $100 transfer fee along with any additional difference in the event entry fee. **For example if your group is currently entered into a 1 day event and would like to transfer to a 2 day event, your group would have to pay the additional entry fees plus the event transfer fee to complete the transfer of events.

Financial Contact – The financial contact will receive all correspondence from WGI. The financial contact (along with the Primary Contact) can register for events or anything financial.

Group Circuit – The name of the local circuit that the group is affiliated with.

Group City – The city where the group is located.

Group Country – The country where the group is located

Group Name – . The name of the group. If the group is scholastic, it must be the official school name. For combined groups, must compete using the school district name only. In certain circumstances, we may use a high school name rather than the district. In these cases, “combined schools” will be added as the official name of the group

Group State – The state/province/region where the group is located.

Group Website – This is the website for the group if one is available.

Hall of Fame – Known as the organization’s most prestigious honor, the WGI Hall of Fame was formed in 1992 to recognize individuals in the indoor color guard and percussion ensemble activities whose extraordinary efforts and accomplishments have enhanced the WGI organization, broadened the activities’ appeal and whose lives and accomplishments will serve to inspire, educate and be a role model for all those who participate in WGI Sport of the Arts. (See WGI Policy Manual section 8.1)

Insurance – All Independent Ensembles must provide proof of insurance to the WGI office prior to competing.  The insurance certificate must reflect the specific Independent Group Name.

Marching Members – The number of members that will be performing on the floor at a WGI event. ONLY those who are on the floor are counted.  Located on Competition Suite.

Master Agreement – All groups competing with WGI must complete the Master Agreement.  The “Master Agreement” must be signed by your principal or superintendent if your group is scholastic, or an officer of an independent group or an employee of the university.

Performer Release Forms – Each member in every ensemble are required to submit a Performer Release Form.

PLUS Pass – Available for all Events. This pass available for purchase during event registration, provides 5 additional participant passes for standard regionals and 7 additional participant passes for all prelim and semi-final at Power Regionals and World Championship events. These are intended for participants such as staff, volunteers, bus drivers, chaperones, etc… The Group Director has the discretion as to whom they are distributed. Any additional persons needing entry must purchase regular event admission. 

Postmark Date — The date the event registration was completed. Postmarks are used when assigning prelims performance times. (See WGI Policy Manual Section 4.110)

Power Regional Events – A series of Power Regional events providing expanded performance opportunities as well as added services for participating groups. The goal is to offer greater service and an elevated experience to nationally competitive color guards, percussion and winds ensembles while allowing local groups to discover WGI in a unique and large-scale event. Regional A groups are not eligible to compete at Power Regional Events or World Championships.