WGI Mourns Passing of Long-Time WGI Writer Michael Boo

WGI is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time WGI staff writer Michael Boo.

For over four decades, Michael has championed the voice of the marching arts, covering countless WGI World Championships, DCI Tours, BOA Grand National Championships, and more. No matter the year or the competition, Michael's words transcend the page to frame his passion for the activity and place you in the scene of the subject. 

Involved in the marching arts since 1975, Michael's career (performer, educator, author, composer and beyond) has led to both national and international recognition, including multiple American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP Plus) awards. Michael was a genuine beacon of knowledge, momentum and positivity in the marching arts that will truly be missed. Our thoughts are with Michael's family and friends.

Michael has left us a tremendous legacy of stories throughout his entire career. Please see below for just a snapshot of the articles he's written for WGI.




Caught Off Guard Series

In the "Caught Off Guard" Series, Michael captures the off-season side of color guard performers, learning more about the individuals behind the performance.

Caught Off Guard: Putting The "Color" In Color Guard

Caught Off Guard: A Place to Call Home

Caught Off Guard: Imagineering

Caught Off Guard: Horsing Around

Caught Off Guard: Paramount

Caught Off Guard: "Going National"

Out of (Drum)Line Series

In the "Out of (Drum)Line" Series, Michael captures the off-season side of percussion performers, learning more about the individuals behind the performance.

Out of (Drum)Line: Percussive Animation

Out of (Drum)Line: Collecting Memories

Out of (Drum)Line: Soak it Up

Out of (Drum)Line: Answering the Call to Help

Out of (Drum)Line: Jumping for Joy

Out of (Drum)Line: Aquatic Hitchhikers

Out of (Drum)Line: A True Performer

Out of (Drum)Line: "Hey Mr. DJ"

WGI FOCUS Magazine

Michael Boo has been a substantial contributor to WGI reporting for more than 20 years, and has had articles featured in multiple FOCUS Magazines, including:

2011 Spring FOCUS

2011 Fall FOCUS

2012 Spring FOCUS

2012 Fall FOCUS

2013 Spring FOCUS

2013 Fall FOCUS

2013 Winter FOCUS

2014 Spring FOCUS

2014 Fall FOCUS

2014 Winter FOCUS

2015 Winter FOCUS

2016 Spring FOCUS

2018 Spring FOCUS

World Championships Recaps

As WGI shifted FOCUS Magazine articles to an online format, Michael's descriptive finals recaps were posted to the WGI website as featured news stories.

#WGI2019 WINDS: World Class Winds Recaps

#WGI2019 WINDS: Open Class Winds Recaps

#WGI2019 WINDS: A Class Winds Recaps

#WGI2019 PERC: Concert Class Ensembles Shine in Finals

#WGI2018 WINDS: World Class Winds Recaps

#WGI2018 WINDS: Open Class Winds Recaps

#WGI2018 WINDS: A Class Winds Recaps

#WGI2018 PERC: PIA Finals Recaps

#WGI2018 PERC: PSA Finals Recaps




We will update this page as we learn more of any arrangements.