This past Saturday and Sunday, the High Winter Winds competed in the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships, in Dayton, OH. The group performed in preliminary competition on Saturday at Wright State University's Nutter Center, placing 4th. In final competition, the Winter Winds placed 4th, with an outstanding finals performance at the University of Dayton arena. Additionally, was named Fan Favorite out of all the scholastic groups in competition!
WGI Sport of the Arts is a non-profit organization producing indoor color guard, percussion, and wind ensemble competitions and serving as the governing body of the indoor winter activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. Now entering its 39th year in 2016, the sport continues to evolve and grow. There were more than 36,000 participants at the regional level, and more than 12,000 participants at the Sport of the Arts World Championships this past April.
Winter Winds is a unique area of competition just making it's debut in the United States. Winds performances are very similar to fall marching band but take place indoors. For decades this activity has flourished in Asia and Europe where it's not as common to find a traditional American style football field. This past weekend,students were privileged to be able to see the reigning Japanese champion, Aimachi from Nagoya, Japan, give an outstanding gold medal performance!