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.
30-PERFORMER LIMIT REMOVED FOR 2011 SEASON.
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.
WGI's SPINFEST ON TOUR 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.
HORIZON INDEPENDENT AUDITIONS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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 email@example.com
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
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
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!
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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