South Florida Winter Guard Association was established in 1980 by
several high school band directors to continue the marching band drill
team experience into the winter months. The fledgling organization
was aligned with and patterned after the newly formed Winter Guard
International which had been created three years earlier to establish
world-wide standards for indoor color guard judging and competition.
Throughout the 1990's the SFWGA grew and embraced 20 to 30 color guard
units in weekly competitions. During this time, South Florida became
a respected name in Winter Guard International, producing medal winners
such as Stoneman Douglas, Miramar HS, Alliance of Miami, J P Taravella,
Coconut Creek, and Santaluces.
An additional element of high school band programs, Percussion ensembles,
was added into the weekly contest lineup in 2003. Percussion performances
rapidly became highly popular, and are now fully integrated into winter
competitions, producing nationally acclaimed units like STRYKE, Cypress
Bay, and Cooper City.
During 2015, the 35th Anniversary season of the SFWGA, the third element
of high school band programs, Wind ensembles, were added into the
SFWGA competitive season. On January 31st of that year, the SFWGA
presented the very first WGI sanctioned Winds competition in the world.
Later that Spring, three SFWGA Wind ensembles brought home medals
from the first WGI Winds World Championships held in Dayton Ohio.
During the 2015 Season, we fielded performances by 85 performing ensembles
from 8 South Florida counties.
instill in students and young adults an appreciation for the Performing
Arts, and accomplish this by encouraging artistic expression and
individual accomplishment through a blend of rhythm, music, dance,
precision drill work, and dramatic effect.
use competition as the venue to build the values of teamwork, leadership
and discipline in our student performers. The high school band programs
remain the core focus of our responsibilities and initiatives. Our
activities are designed and intended to augment and complement high
school band programs, and exist in harmony with the educational
philosophies of the Band Director.
We offer a full range of skill groups, from beginning novice classifications
to highly advanced world classifications. Our contests are designed
to create an environment where all students may excel and be recognized
for their performance accomplishments without regard to gender,
physical attributes, family economics, or previous experience.
We foster a competitive environment where all students, regardless
of skill level, bring value and appreciation to the performance
floor, and are recognized for doing so. We build character, social
responsibility, and moral values by providing a structured, adult
supervised environment, centered around the parent-student-teacher
are the backbone and core component of the activities. The scoring
process is designed to acknowledge and reward the contributions
of our instructors and their staffs. We provide instructional and
design educational opportunities to Instructors throughout the season
through a blend of pre-season judges feedback, live side-by-side
opportunities with judges, and post-performance critique with judges.
To ensure the quality and consistency of judging and scoring, the
SFWGA enlists a professional judging association to recruit and
assign the highest caliber of certified judges throughout the country,
many of whom are Finals Judges in World Championships.
are committed to supporting Music and Arts programs in our school
systems, and ensuring the existence of the SFWGA for future generations.
We do this through fiscal responsibility, the promise to live within
our financial means, and the promise to continually re-invent ourselves
to meet the changing needs of the community. We encourage instructors
and designers to expose their performers to a wide variety of music
and performance themes during their high school years, and to reach
beyond the status quo, implementing new and untried performance ideas.
is 100% self-funded, and receives no funding from state, county, or
local school budgets, or from any governmental agency. Income is derived
primarily from three sources: Ticket sales from SFWGA-hosted contests
(Premiere and Championships), member dues/non-member contest entry
fees, and franchise fees paid by contest Host schools which are used
to offset a portion of contest expenses.
See below for the financial breakdown of our last fully completed