Congratulation to the groups bringing home Four World Championships Medals from Dayton:
Braddock Independent, Independent World Bronze Medalist
Flanagan HS, Scholastic World Bronze Medalist
West Broward HS, Scholastic Open Silver Medalist
STRYKE, Percussion Independent Open Silver Medalist.

The SFWGA has removed the 30-performer limit for all color guard classes during the 2011 Season. This is being done as an experiment this season to accommodate the groups that have more than 30 performers wanting to participate, but not enough to justify funding another unit. It is important for all Instructors to ensure that their drill can be performed safely with more than 30 performers on the floor, with no risk of injury to performers or spectators. Also, bear in mind that this allowance only pertains to SFWGA contests. Groups that will compete in WGI Regionals, Nationals, or with other Circuits must comply with their specific rules.

came to South Florida. Over 100 color guard instructors participated in the event at Flanagan High School, where they received instruction and tips from some of the most respected winterguard designers.

will be held on Sunday, October 10th. Come be part of a great experience, as we begin a new season with a new name. Audtions for the 2011 Horizon Independent team will be held from 10am till 4pm. Please wear all black clothing, no jewelry and have your hair pulled back. If you'd like to wear dance shoes feel free, but they're not required. We will be providing flags, but you'll need to bring your own weapon if you plan to try out for a weapon spot. The fee is $30. Please feel free to visit our website at www.horizonyouth.org or email us with any questions at horizonyouthinc@yahoo.com

MEDEA 2011 Auditions & Open House
will be on Saturday Oct 2nd from 3:00PM to 9:00PM, and on Sunday Oct 3rd from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. The 2010 Independent A Finalist MEDEA is moving up to Open Class in 2011. After a very successful vets camp, we are holding open auditions for new members on October 2nd and 3rd. Audition fee is $35, which is non-refundable but will be applied to your 2011 color guard fees. Black form-fitting dance attire required. Please bring your own weapons, flags will be provided. Please email us at CDeSenzo@att.net for more information.

The SFWGA has partnered with Winter Guard International to bring SPINFEST on Tour to South Florida on December 5th. Watch for more details and registration information coming in October.

The FIU Performance Ensemble
has changed its name to Horizon Independent. Director Herman Rios explains "The University has decided they no longer want to fund a competitive unit and we felt it was in our best interests to proceed with a different name. We're excited to compete in the Independent Open Class locally and nationally." The staff includes Herman Rios as Director, Dina Lopez as Assistant Director, Leon May as Drill Designer, Patty Stetson as Consultant, DeVaughn Robinson and Hector Fermaint in Equipment, Malcolm Baraza in Movement, and Michael Rosales as choreographer. Travel plans include the Orlando and Tampa Regionals, and WGI Finals in Dayton. For more information and upcoming clinic dates, visit horizonyouth.org.

Color Guard Instructor needed
for a new band program at Weeki Wachee High School for the upcoming season. For additional information, contact Michael J Miller, Director of Bands, via email mjdefeomiller@yahoo.com

Members of the SFWGA Board of Directors participated in the WGI Circuits Caucus held in Orlando on May 23rd. Participants from color guard and percussion circuits across the country met with members of the WGI Board to align practices, contest strategies, and share best practices. Roll-down from the meeting will be shared at the SFWGA Summer Causus on August 29th.

4/30 through 5/01
MEDEA accepted an invitation as the only Florida winter guard to travel to Wildwood, New Jersey, and perform in the "Weekend in Wildwood Tournament. MEDEA performed on both Friday April 3rd, and again on Sunday May 1st.

4/12/10 through 4/17/10
Twelve teams represented South Florida at WGI World Championships in Dayton Ohio, with nine teams making it all the way to Finals! Scoring its second WGI Medal in three years, STRYKE Percussion Ensemble took the Silver Medal in Percussion Independent Open Class competition. In only their second year of existence as a new high school, West Broward High astounded audiences by achieving the Bronze Medal in Color Guard Scholastic A Class competition, at their very first WGI Championships. Teams representing South Florida included Flanagan, Braddock Independent, FIU, Santaluces, Coral Glades, MEDEA, Premonition, Spanish River, Cypress Bay, and Aquarius. Congratulations to all on your fantastic performances!

The SFWGA Board of Directors announced today that our 2010 Championship Contest on March 27th was the largest attended contest in SFWGA history. Paid admission counts were up 54% over 2009, and have doubled in the past three years since 2007. Admission ticket sales at the Premier and Championship contests account for 1/3 of the Association's operating revenue. Vice President of Contest Operations, Gene Remillet, said that over the past 2 years, the SFWGA implemented several strategies to improve contest attendance. One strategy was to lower the ticket prices at Premier and Championships, making it more affordable for the public to attend. Last summer, the Membership approved a reduced contest schedule for 2010, which really helped control our expenses and allowed us to manage the ticket price. Also, the SFWGA began accepting all major credit cards at the Premier and Championship contests two years ago, and in 2010 arranged for credit cards to be accepted at all contests. This really made the contests affordable for a lot of families. In fact, attendance at all of our 2010 contests was up significantly over previous years. Add to that, the fact that we bring in the best judges in the country. We have some really strong Nationally competitive groups in South Florida. People want to come out to watch them perform and see what the judges think about them. SFWGA President Kathy Porter added that we were all amazed at the performances this year. It is a testmony to the instructors and the skill level they bring to the area. We can't wait to see where it leads in 2011.

Have you ever thought about marching drum corps? Well, World class drum corps is back in Florida. Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corp is going to be competing in the World Class this year. If you are interested in more information, visit their website at www.tealsound.org. The color guard will be having auditions April 16th through 18th at Matanzas High School. Mention the "Santaluces competition" and receive $35 off new member registration fees and $50 off the camp fee.

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STRYKE, WGI Percussion Ind Open Silver Medalist, April 2010

West Broward, WGI Scholastic A Bronze Medalist, April 2010

Flanagan, WGI Scholastic World Bronze Medalist, April 2009

Spanish River, WGI Scholastic A Silver Medalist, April 2009

Flanagan, Walt Disney World Christmas Parade, December 2008

Special Needs Color Guard, 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Flanagan, WGI Scholastic World Gold Medalist, April 2008

STRYKE, WGI Percussion Ind Open Bronze Medalist, April 2008
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