WGI Announces Partnership with System Blue

WGI Sport of the Arts, the world’s leader in producing indoor marching arts events for color guard, percussion ensembles and winds groups, announced today the creation of a strategic partnership with System Blue, an innovative designer and manufacturer of instruments tailored to the marching world and a trailblazer in music education. Effective immediately, System Blue will serve as a Presenting Sponsor of WGI.

“It is important to find opportunities to strengthen our relationships with companies who focus on music education,” said Bart Woodley, WGI Director of Operations & Sponsor Relations. “Aligning a partnership with System Blue is a strong step forward in the indoor marching arts activity—especially with the new, exciting educational projects we have on the horizon, which will be ‘powered by’ System Blue.”

“From our full line of educational offerings to our innovative percussion, brass and concert percussion instruments, System Blue strives to provide everyone involved in the marching arts with the resources and skills they need to pursue and promote musical excellence,” said David Gibbs, System Blue President. “Our partnership with WGI and their educational programs allows System Blue to fulfill our mission and dive even deeper into offering engaging, accessible and interactive educational opportunities for all.”

Watch for more exciting news from this new partnership in the weeks to come on wgi.org.


WGI Sport of the Arts is the world’s premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion, and wind ensemble competitions. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. As a non-profit organization, the sport continues to evolve and grow every season. In 2019, there will be more than 46,000 participants at the regional level, and more than 15,000 participants at the WGI World Championships in April 2019.


System Blue is backed by over 100 years of experience and knowledge and proudly delivers the products and education only few have dared to dream. With a mission to engage band directors, teachers, staff, designers, performers, and marching members to promote musical excellence all over the world. Designed by Champions and played by champions, our products are tested and approved by the marching arts’ elite. System Blue’s products are matched by superior sound, performance, comfort, and safety. System Blue offers a full line of Marching Brass, Percussion and Concert Percussion instrument. For more information on System Blue instruments and education, visit www.systemblue.org.