Once again the WGI Sport of the Arts World Championships will be held in Dayton, Ohio. In 2005, for the first time, there are separate weekends for the Color Guard and Percussion World Championships. Color Guard World Championships will take place Thursday-Saturday, and the Percussion World Championships will take place April 14-16. The event will bring approximately 12,000 student performers into the Dayton area, including students in the Northview High School Winter Guard; there are a record number of color guards and indoor percussion units attending the competitions. Units are coming from across the United States, Canada, England, and The Netherlands.
Winter Guard is the culmination of twirling flags, rifles, sabers and props with dance and motion to music on a basketball court. A theme usually carries each show and is emphasized through uniforms, make-up and the set (floor and backdrops). The shows range in time from 5-8 minutes and the competition is separated into 6 classes based on the complexity of the program and if the unit is affiliated with a school (scholastic) or not (independent).
Indoor percussion consists of musicians performing a marching drumline show on a basketball court. This is WGI's fastest growing division, and like winter guard the shows are usually based on a theme that the ensembles interpret through their music, uniforms and set. There are 8 classifications in which to compete based on if the unit is scholastic or independent and if the unit marches (marching) or stands (concert) while playing.
There are 315 color guards and 166 percussion ensembles registered to compete for the title of World Champion, including the Mayflower color guard from England, The Pride a color guard from The Netherlands, as well as the Dutch Boy, Pacificaires, Rhapsody Youth CG, Ventures, 3rd Legend, and Sonnor color guards from Canada.
Student participants will be dreaming of standing ovations and gold medals. The main Color Guard site will be the UD Arena, where all Color Guard finals competitions will take place. Color guard preliminary competitions will be held at the Dayton Convention Center, UD Arena, and the Nutter Center. The main Percussion site will be the Nutter Center, where all Percussion finals competitions will take place. Percussion preliminary competitions will be held at the Nutter Center and UD Arena.
Ticket sales are selling fast, with all finals competitions slated to reach sell out status. Please call the UD Ticket Office at 866-944-8273 to reserve your seats.
For more information about the 2005 Sport of the Arts World Championships, please visit wgi.org for all the latest news and announcements. Make sure you check back often as the website is updated on a daily basis.
WGI Sport of the Arts is in its 28th year of existence as the governing body for the Winter Guard and Indoor Percussion competitive activities. The "Sport of the Arts" offers a unique blend of artistry and athleticism and is a leader in the pageantry arts community. WGI hosts 23 Color Guard Regionals and 15 Percussion Regionals throughout the months of February and March, leading to the World Championships competition that will be held in Dayton, Ohio.