CANCELLED - Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships
The Winter Guard International Championships typically draw 15,000 participants over two weekends, including more than 350 color guards and 250 percussion ensembles from 40 states and 5 countries.
The color guard contest features preliminary rounds in six classes of competition, providing opportunities for units at all levels of expertise, from beginning to advanced. Scholastic units draw members from the same high school. Independent units draw members who are not necessarily affiliated with a particular school. Top scoring units in each division advance to the Finals round, where medals are awarded to the top three finishers.
WGI is focused on education and provides curriculum materials for classes in equipment, movement, and design. WGI also provides a full educational program for instructors and judges. The organization promotes higher education by annually awarding $20,000 in academic scholarships to student performers. Winter guard and indoor percussion are the fastest growing of the marching arts, and high school marching bands benefit from the skills developed in these winter programs.