WGI Solo & Ensemble powered by System Blue

Last week, we promised you an announcement on something you would love!  This summer, WGI Sport of the Arts, the world’s leader in producing indoor marching arts events for color guard, percussion ensembles and winds groups, will launch a new educational performance opportunity for marching arts performers—WGI Solo & Ensemble powered by System Blue.

Positioned in WGI’s typical off-season—and before the start of summer band—WGI Solo & Ensemble offers a venue for performers of all ages to showcase their skills as an individual or small ensemble. Unique in its format, WGI Solo & Ensemble will welcome any and all performers, including those not currently or previously affiliated with a WGI-performing group.

Split between two age classifications and four performance categories, performers will present a short piece in front of a judge to receive personalized, recorded commentary and an overall rating. Although performers/ensembles will be split between two distinct age groups, there will be no age limit in any performance category. Performance categories include Color Guard, Percussion, Winds—Woodwind, and Winds—Brass.

“We are excited to offer an educational performance opportunity beyond WGI’s winter season,” said Ron Nankervis, WGI Executive Director. “In opening up the competition to all performers, WGI Solo & Ensemble powered by System Blue is staged to critique a dynamic mix of talents – continuing a passion for music performance for some, and introducing WGI to others.”

WGI’s newest presenting sponsor, System Blue, is the “Powering Partner” of WGI Solo & Ensemble.  “We are proud to partner in this unique addition to the indoor marching arts, and look forward to seeing it develop into the future,” said David Gibbs, System Blue President.

Dates and locations for these new competitions will be announced throughout the 2019 winter season. Visit wgi.org/soloensemble to learn more about the competing categories of WGI Solo & Ensemble, and sign up to receive updates as more information is announced.

Have questions? Send us an email at solo@wgi.org!

The Connecticut Hurricanes Join System Blue

The Connecticut Hurricanes

System Blue is proud to announce the addition of The Connecticut Hurricanes to the DCA roster of artists.

The Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps is an All-Age Drum Corps performance organization based in Seymour, CT. The Corps prides itself in being the only World Class All-Age Drum Corps in New England, and draws its members from throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, as well as New York State and the New York City metro area.

Founded in Derby, Connecticut in 1932 as the John H. Collins American Legion Post Fife Drum & Bugle Corps, the Hurricanes transformed to the competitive arena in 1955 as a drum & bugle corps and became a charter member of Drum Corps Associates (DCA) in 1963. They are the oldest, continually active organization in the DCA.

System Blue is backed by over 100 years of experience and knowledge and proudly delivers the products and education we’ve only dared to dream of. The team of designers have walked the very path you walk now. They  are the same dedicated performers and educators that you are. System Blue offers a full line of Marching Brass, Percussion and Concert Percussion instruments.

RCC Indoor Percussion – 2018 WGI World Champions

Congratulations to RCC Indoor Percussion for winning the gold medal and becoming the 2018 WGI World Champions. RCC’s show, LISTEN, explored the progress of life, love and art, through the poignant poetry of Charlie Schmidt.

RCC performs on System Blue Professional Marching Battery, tuned percussion, drum set, concert toms, and concert bass drums. They won the World Championship with a score of 97.863.