Mission Statement

We instill in students
and young adults an appreciation for the Performing Arts, and accomplish this by encouraging artistic expression through a blend of music, dance, precision drill work, and dramatic effect.

We use competition as the venue to build the values of teamwork and leadership in our student performers.

We 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 build character
, social responsibility, and moral values by providing a structured, adult supervised environment, in which the parent-student-teacher relationship is prime.

We foster an environment
where all students, regardless of skill level, bring value and appreciation to the performance floor, and are recognized for doing so by their peers.

We treat each student
as a unique and valuable member of society, and seek to instill the skills, character, and values that will carry them into adulthood.
History


The SFWGA was established in 1980 by a several band directors who wanted 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 3 years earlier.

Throughout the 1990's the association grew and embraced 25 to 40 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.

Percussion competitions were added 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.

In 2011, SFWGA Color Guard and Percussion teams brought home FIVE MEDALS from WGI World Championships.

In 2015, Winds competitions were added to the SFWGA contest line-up, and in January of 2015, the SFWGA Premiere contest became 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.

In total for 2015, SFWGA is honored to have two Gold Medalists, two Silver Medalists, and four Finalists in WGI World Championships.

2015 SFWGA finalists in WGI World Championships
F I U Winds
- Gold Medalist in Winds Independent Open Class
Nova HS
- Gold Medalist in Winds Scholastic A Class
Flanagan HS
- Silver Medalist in Color Guard Scholastic World Class
STRYKE Winds
- Silver Medalist in Winds Independent Open Class
F I U Percussion
- 4th Place Finalist in Percussion Independent A Class
Jupiter HS
- 4th Place Finalist in Color Guard Scholastic A Class
Stoneman Douglas HS
- 7th Place Finalist in Color Guard Scholastic World Class
STRYKE Percussion
- 8th Place Finalist in Percussion Independent World Class

During the 2015 season, the SFWGA enjoyed performances from 85 performing units from 8 South Florida counties. The SFWGA offers a full range of Color Guard, Percussion and Winds competitive classifications, from Regional A to World. The SFWGA supports the development of our Instructors by providing a variety of educational activities with some of the most respected WGI judges, caption heads, and designers in the Country.


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