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.
During the 2016 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 assigns a Judging Administrator to oversee
the entire Judging process, and to recruit the highest caliber
judges throughout the country, many of whom are Finals Judges
in World Championships.
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 2017 season.