Appy Friday! iPhone Technology

Appy Friday: WGI

Recently, Winter Guard International released their own iOS app, joining the ranks of Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Europe, the Blue Devils, and the Phantom Regiment as marching arts organizations with apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. While there are some similarities between this and the other apps, the WGI app has a couple unique features which have potential to cross over to some or all of the other apps.

The primary purpose of the WGI app is to inform and market the activity. As a result, most of the app is focused on delivering information. The app features sections focused on upcoming events, the latest news, scores (currently empty), and WGI’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. Tapping on an item in a section brings up more information on that item. For example, tapping on an event brings up the scheduled participants, location, seating diagrams, and how to buy tickets. Navigation is straightforward and simple.

The bonus of this app is in the video section. Here you can find free videos posted by WGI, usually short clips about the upcoming or current season. If you are a WGI Fan Network subscriber, though, you have access to EVERY performance video, whether it’s indoor drumline or winter guard, which WGI has made available. The video and audio are high quality and I have yet to experience a streaming issue. This is a great way to enjoy and share the WGI experience.

The WGI app is now available via the iTunes App Store. A WGI Fan Network is required to view performance videos. Free videos do not require a login.