South Florida Winter Guard Association is chartered
by the State of Florida as a non-profit corporation,
and approved by the IRS as a 501(c)3 public charity.
The organization 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 2019 Season, we fielded performances by 54
performing ensembles from 5 South Florida counties.
Seven of our ensembles represented South Florida in
Winter Guard International World Championships:
World Championships, April 3-6, Dayton Ohio
West Broward High School, Scholastic World Finalist
Flanagan High School, Scholastic World Finalist
Stoneman Douglas High School, Scholatic World Finalist
Relentless Winter Guard, Independent World Semi-Finalist
FIU, Independent Open Finalist
Somerset Academy, Scholastic A Finalist
Cooper City High School, Scholastic A Semi-Finalist
what we do...
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 relationship.
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.
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.
our funding ...
SFWGA 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 2018 season.
Revenue (2018 Season) $119,124
Expenses (2018 Season) $117,704
Our 2018 Contest Season fiscal
year is June 2017 through May 2018