WGI Sport of the Arts Percussion and Winds World Championships April 20-23, 2017




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WGI UD Arena Office # 229-5184. Crystal Walker, WGI crystal@wgi.org Bev Rose, Dayton/Montgomery County CVB

Director of Marketing & Communications 937.226.8226 cp 937-470-6261, Jacquelyn Y. Powell, CVB President & CEO 937-226-8267



WGI Sport of the Arts

Percussion and Winds World Championships April 20-23, 2017

Brings Approximately 30,000 and $9 million to Dayton

WGI Celebrates 40th Anniversary



WHEN:        Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 23, 2017

        Percussion Championships—Thursday, April 20—Saturday, April 22, 2017

        Winds Championships—Saturday, April 22-Sunday, April 23, 2017


WHERE:     Percussion Competition Venues:

Thursday – April 20

UD Arena, Wright State University’s Nutter Center, Millett Hall, Oxford, OH, BB&T Arena @ NKU
Friday – April 21   

UD Arena, Wright State University’s Nutter Center, Millett Hall, Oxford, OH, BB&T Arena @ NKU  

Saturday – April 22

UD Arena

    Winds Competition Venues:

        Saturday – April 22

Wright State Nutter Center
Sunday – April 23

University of Dayton Arena

WHAT:    WGI Percussion & Winds Championships

    Competition Classifications:

All WGI contests provide two divisions of competition:

Scholastic – units whose membership comes from the SAME High School or a school that feeds to that particular High School.
Independent – units whose members are not necessarily associated with a particular school.

The units are then further divided into classes:

  • A Class – Beginning programs and performers.
  • Open Class – The intermediate developmental level of performers.
  • World Class – The most advanced programs and performers.

Percussion also has Scholastic Concert Classes for units who do not include marching in their programs.


WHO:    High School and Independent Percussion and Winds Units from across the nation, and around the world



  • WGI celebrates their 40th anniversary this year. The 2017 World Championships will mark the 31st year out of 40 years of competition that the event has been hosted in Dayton.
  • The WGI Sport of the Arts World Championships collectively over two weekends bring in approximately 60,000 people including performers and spectators (Dayton hosted WGI Color Guard World Championships April 6-8; April 20-22 Dayton hosts WGI Percussion World Championships, and April 22-23 Dayton hosts the Winds World Championships)
  • *The combined estimated direct spending economic impact of the two weekends of event is $19 million.
  • WGI Sport of the Arts is the world’s premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion, and wind ensemble competitions. As a non-profit youth organization, WGI serves as the leading governing body of the winter guard and indoor percussion and winds activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. WGI competitions combine the athleticism of an Olympic event with the pageantry of a Broadway stage performance.
  • WGI Sport of the Arts has committed to hosting both or at least one (either Color Guard or Percussion) of their World Championships Events in Dayton through 2019




WGI Sport of the Arts World Championships cont’d


  • Local high school percussion units competing include—Centerville High School, Urbana High School, Lebanon High School, Bellbrook High School
  • Local high school competing in the Winds World Championships—Miamisburg High School
  • WGI–Indoor Percussion
    • An indoor percussion ensemble or indoor drumline consists of the marching percussion (also called battery) and front ensemble (also called pit) sections of a marching band or drum corps. Indoor percussion marries elements of music performance, marching, and theater; thus, the activity is often referred to as Percussion Theater. Although most indoor percussion ensembles are affiliated with high schools, there are also many independent groups that draw participants from a large area.
  • WGI—Winds
    • Continuing the Sport of the Arts tradition of performance and competition, WGI Winds is a unique form of the marching music activity. In fact, Winds doesn’t mean “winds only.” Groups can include anything found in a concert band or orchestra as well as color guard and percussion performers. Winds is a natural extension of the WGI organization and will complete WGI’s support of the total band program.
  • Winter Guard—Color Guard
    • Winter Guard is the sport of indoor color guard. Modern Color Guard is a combination of the use of flags, sabers, mock rifles, and other equipment, as well as dance and other interpretive movement. Color guards can be found in high schools, middle schools, some universities, and also some independent organizations some of which are related to drum corps.


WGI’s Purpose

  • WGI Sport of the Arts provides a venue for young people to achieve the extraordinary through performance and competition


WGI’s Mission

  • Organizes high-energy and enjoyable color guard and percussion events
  • Provides leadership through education to constantly improve the quality of ensembles
  • Develops our judging systems and adjudicators to ensure fair competition
  • Partners with corporations, educators and others to increase awareness and recognition of our art forms.

Did You Know…?

  • Winter Guard, Percussion and Winds are the fastest growing of the marching arts.
  • Winter Guard now exists in the United States, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Germany, England, Ireland, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Africa.
  • WGI’s educational materials serve as the curriculum in many schools that have classes in equipment and movement.
  • WGI’s artistic direction is fully controlled by the units.
  • WGI has awarded over $500,000 in academic scholarships to students from competing units.
  • More than 600 volunteers staff the regionals and World Championship contests.
  • More than 150,000 spectators enjoy the activities at WGI Regionals and World Championships annually.
  • Many of the percussion companies are now developing instruments specifically for the indoor activity.
  • Hundreds of high school marching bands benefit from the skills developed by winter programs.
  • WGI headquarters are located in Miamisburg, Ohio


WGI uses a competition-based approach for organizing events in order to showcase youth activities in pursuit of high standards of achievement. Events include about 42 Regionals and Elite Events, which lead to the three-day World championships that evaluate nearly 350 guards, 233 percussion ensembles, and 35 wind groups from across the nation and around the world. For more information and detailed competition schedules log onto www.wgi.org

The Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau, an independent non-profit organization funded by a county-wide customer hotel/motel bed tax, serves as an economic catalyst by marketing and promoting our community as
Ohio destination and providing services for tourism events, conventions, leisure and business travel and advocacy for destination development.



*The Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau utilizes the DMAI Event Impact Calculator from our industry’s international association, Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). The models and platform were developed by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company. In January, 2016 we began utilizing both the sports and convention impact calculators which are customized to represent the local tax rates. The numbers reported represent Direct Spending only and are based on data provided by the event planner.


Author: Timesmedia

Horace Dozier Sr. Senior Editor/ Photographer at Timesmediaus Publisher of "The Dayton Times"

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