WGI Solo & Ensemble powered by System Blue

In 2019, WGI launched a new educational performance opportunity for marching arts performers of all agesWGI Solo & Ensemble powered by System Blue.

Positioned in WGI’s typical off-season—and before the start of summer band—WGI Solo & Ensemble offers a venue for performers of all ages to showcase their skills as an individual or small ensemble. Unique in its format, WGI Solo & Ensemble will welcome any and all performers, including those not currently or previously affiliated with a WGI-performing group.

Performers will present a short piece in front of a judge to receive personalized, recorded commentary and an overall rating. Although performers/ensembles will be split between two distinct age groups, there will be no age limit in any performance category.

In addition to their judge commentary and rating, solo performers will have the opportunity to win scholarship money to be used toward secondary education or participation fees.

Cost is $30 per person, per performance, and performers can participate in multiple solos and ensembles.

2020 Dates/Locations


TBD: Dallas Solo & Ensemble
Lake Ridge High School (Mansfield, TX)

TBD: Los Angeles Solo & Ensemble
Woodbridge High School (Irvine, CA)

TBD: Dayton Solo & Ensemble
Fairfield High School (Fairfield, OH)

Spectators Welcome at all events!
$5 General Admission
Cash or Credit Card Accepted


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age classifications
  • Scholastic Class: 18 years of age and under*
  • Independent Class: 19 years of age and above

*19 year old performers who participated in a scholastic group during the 2019-20 school year may register in Scholastic Class

solo categories
  • Color Guard: Flag, Rifle, Sabre, Movement, and Mixed Equipment
  • Percussion: Snare Drum, Multi-Tenor Drum, Keyboard, Timpani, and Multi-Percussion*
  • Winds - Woodwind: Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, and Saxophone
  • Winds - Brass: Trumpet, French Horn/Mellophone, Baritone/Euphonium, Trombone, and Tuba

*any number of percussion instruments played by a solo performer, including a drum set

color guard ensemble categories
  • Flag
  • Weapon
  • Movement
  • Mixed: any authorized equipment
instrumental ensemble categories
  • Percussion
  • Woodwind
  • Brass
  • Mixed: any instrumentation

2020 solo & ensemble contest rules & score sheets

Click to download the 2020 WGI Solo & Ensemble Contest Rules.

Color Guard Score Sheet
Percussion Score Sheet
Winds Score Sheet

Have more questions? Email solo@wgi.org.

Solo & Ensemble is open to all performers. You do not need to be part of a WGI participating group to register.

Cost is $30 per person, per performance, and performers can participate in multiple solos and ensembles.