WGI Announces Plans for 2022 Reboot

As WGI and the marching arts emerge from a forced intermission due to COVID-19, it’s time to turn the page and look forward. The Virtual season proved to be a hugely popular alternative to in-person events. All of us at WGI send our sincere congratulations and admiration to all the groups who overcame challenges to present their programs.

It feels almost too good to be true to begin putting plans in motion for next season. Since the shutdown last March, WGI has been setting the stage to return to a full competition calendar next year. While the health and well-being of all those participating will always be the guiding principle for all decisions, the availability of vaccines has caused us to proceed with great hope for a phased reopening of in-person events.

World Championships
Next year’s WGI World Championships will return to the three-day Thursday through Saturday/Sunday schedule last seen in 2018. A paramount consideration in making this decision is that groups traveling to Dayton, as well as WGI, have had a drastic reduction in fundraising opportunities for over a year. Reducing travel costs, especially for the larger A Classes, will allow greater participation in this first year back.

2022 Color Guard World Championships Schedule:

  • Thursday, April 7:
  • Preliminaries (all classes)
  • Friday, April 8:
  • Semi-finals (all classes)
  • A Class Finals (UD Arena)
  • Saturday, April 9:
  • Open and World Finals (UD Arena)

2022 Percussion World Championships Schedule:

  • Thursday, April 21:
  • Preliminaries (all classes)
  • Friday, April 22:
  • Semi-finals (marching classes)
  • A Class Finals (UD Arena)
  • Concert Finals (Nutter Center)
  • Saturday, April 23:
  • Open and World Finals (UD Arena)

2022 Winds World Championships Schedule

  • Saturday, April 23:
  • Preliminaries (all classes)
  • Sunday, April 24:
  • Finals (all classes; UD Arena)

Power Regionals
In a continuing effort to reduce costs for participating groups, all Power Regional events will be converted to two-day regionals held in larger high schools to eliminate the higher arena rental costs, which results in higher entry fees for those events.

For more than four decades, WGI has organized high-energy and enjoyable events for color guards, percussion ensembles, and winds groups. This enduring mission has guided WGI to make decisions that will lay a solid foundation to encourage more groups to participate while facing potential financial challenges after this prolonged interruption in all our lives.

WGI will be releasing dates and locations for regional events in the coming weeks once details are confirmed.