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!

System Blue Partners with WGI

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System Blue announced today the creation of a strategic partnership with WGI Sport of the Arts, the world’s leader in producing indoor marching arts events for color guard, percussion ensembles and winds groups. Effective immediately, System Blue will serve as a Presenting Sponsor of WGI.

“It is important to find opportunities to strengthen our relationships with companies who focus on music education,” said Bart Woodley, WGI Director of Operations & Sponsor Relations. “Aligning a partnership with System Blue is a strong step forward in the indoor marching arts activity—especially with the new, exciting educational projects we have on the horizon, which will be ‘powered by’ System Blue.”

“From our full line of educational offerings to our innovative percussion, brass and concert percussion instruments, System Blue strives to provide everyone involved in the marching arts with the resources and skills they need to pursue and promote musical excellence,” said David Gibbs, System Blue President. “Our partnership with WGI and their educational programs allows System Blue to fulfill our mission and dive even deeper into offering engaging, accessible and interactive educational opportunities for all.”

Watch for more exciting news from this new partnership in the weeks to come on wgi.org.


WGI Sport of the Arts is the world’s premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion, and wind ensemble competitions. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. As a non-profit organization, the sport continues to evolve and grow every season. In 2019, there will be more than 46,000 participants at the regional level, and more than 15,000 participants at the WGI World Championships in April 2019.


System Blue is backed by over 100 years of experience and knowledge and proudly delivers the products and education only few have dared to dream. With a mission to engage band directors, teachers, staff, designers, performers, and marching members to promote musical excellence all over the world. Designed by Champions and played by champions, our products are tested and approved by the marching arts’ elite. System Blue’s products are matched by superior sound, performance, comfort, and safety. System Blue offers a full line of Marching Brass, Marching Percussion and Concert Percussion instruments.