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2020 Indoor Season

2020 Indoor Season

Yes, I know it’s still 2019, but the marching band season is coming to a close and I’m already feeling withdrawal.

Every winter, I break out my camera and (reluctantly) access my non-Twitter social media accounts so I can cover the indoor color guard, percussion, and winds activity for the Ohio Indoor Performance Association and Winter Guard International. After such a banner year for the marching arts in 2019, I am very excited to see what the 2020 season brings us.

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2019 Indoor Season

2019 Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships Day 1

Event: Percussion Scholastic A Prelims

Location: University of Dayton Arena

Schedule: 10 AM – 8 PM

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Marching Arts

2018 Ohio Indoor Performance Association State Percussion And Winds Championships

As the spring season begins, the indoor marching season begins to end. The Ohio Indoor Performance Association 2018 state percussion and winds championships take place on Sunday, April 8, featuring indoor percussion and wind units from all over Ohio and West Virginia. The action takes place at Wapakoneta High School in Wapakoneta, Ohio, and starts at 11AM.

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Marching Arts

2018 Ohio Indoor Performance Association Premier Event

The 2018 indoor season gets underway on Saturday, January 21, as the Ohio Indoor Performance Association presents their annual premier event! Color guards, percussion ensembles, and wind ensembles from all over Ohio and beyond will converge on Marion Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, to kick off the new season. I will be there with my trusty camera and smartphone to keep you up to date on every performing group via social media, but why not join us? Whether you’re a performer, staff member, volunteer, parent, friend, or just a fan of the activity, be sure to be at Marion Harding when the show begins at 10AM.

I hope to see you there!

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Marching Arts

2018 Indoor Season

It’s Christmas Eve, which is exciting unto itself, but it’s also just under a month away from the 2018 indoor season! Winter guards, drum lines, and winds groups are already hard at work designing and perfecting their shows, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us all.

Here are the shows I plan on attending:

WGI and FloMarching also announced their 2018 streaming schedule. If you’re a FloMarching subscriber, you have access to all of these events as part of your subscription.

Will you be at any of these events? If so, please let me know and/or try to find me. I’m always looking for the chance to connect with old friends and meet new ones.

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Marching Arts

WGI Percussion Social Media Accounts I’m Posting From This Week

I’ll be posting on the following accounts for the 2017 WGI Percussion Championships this week:

  • Facebook – WGI page
  • Twitter – @WGItweets and @WGIpercussion
  • Instagram – @wgisportofthearts and @wgipercussion
  • Snapchat – wgisnaps
  • Periscope – wgitweets
  • Tumblr – crystal@wgi.org (Crystal is heading the WGI social media team)
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Marching Arts

2017 WGI Percussion/Winds Championships Schedule

I have the honor of joining the WGI Social Media team this week in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, helping to cover the events of the 2017 WGI Percussion and Winds Championships taking place from Thursday, April 20, through Sunday, April 23. If you and/or your performing unit will be at WGI this week, take a look below and see if we’ll be in the same place. If so, say hi! You might get a little famous. 😀

If you are going, here are the Facebook and Google+ event pages. Check in so I’ll know you’ll be there!

Facebook:
WGI Percussion Championships
WGI Winds Championships

Google+:
WGI Percussion Independent Open Prelims
WGI Percussion Independent Open Semis
WGI Winds Prelims
WGI Winds Finals

Thursday, April 20
Percussion Independent Open Prelims
John D. Millett Hall, Miami University

Friday, April 21
Percussion Independent Open Semis
John D. Millett Hall, Miami University

Saturday, April 22
Winds Prelims
Wright State University Nutter Center

Sunday, April 23
Winds Finals
University of Dayton Arena

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Marching Arts

2017 Ohio Indoor Performance Association Tour Premier – UPDATED 2/9/17

It’s a new year and, in just two weeks, it’s the start of the 2017 indoor guard, percussion, and winds season!

The Ohio Indoor Performance Association celebrates their 10th anniversary this year and the party begins on Sunday, January 22nd, at the annual Tour Premier. Come join the fun at Marion Harding High School as 37 scholastic and independent performing groups make their 2017 debut.

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Show Review

LIVE FROM THE STANDS Coverage of 2012 DCI Championships TONIGHT!

I am sitting in the press box of Lucas Oil Stadium as I write this as, in about 2 1/2 hours, the top 12 junior drum and bugle corps in the world meet one last time to compete for the title of Drum Corps International World Champion in 2012. I will be giving you Live From the Stands coverage on Drum Corps Planet so be sure to watch the discussion thread here for all the updates.

My view:

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Marching Arts Show Review

2010 Cavaliers Show Review

Show Theme:
Mad World – Fight It or Embrace It

Show Music (from corpsreps.com):
Mad World by Orazbal, Roland
Harrison’s Dream by Grahm, Peter
Dismantling Utopia by Metheny, Pat
Smile by Chaplin, Charlie

The 2010 Blue Devils’ and Cavaliers’ shows, at first glance, seem to occupy two totally different places in the hearts of the average DCI fan. On the one hand, the discordant, cerebral, and prop filled BD show seemed to have a difficult time making an emotional connection to the majority of fans in the stands. If they did connect, it was sometimes in a negative manner, as some fans questioned the path the Devils took this past season. On the other hand, the Cavaliers were a fan favorite in 2010, and took on the role of dark horse, making a late season surge into championship contention, riding the waves of roaring crowd applause. A closer look, however, shows that both shows had similarities, as well. Both shows featured ballads that were twisted from their original arrangement. Both shows also featured stabbing discordant musical moments. On the visual side of the equation, both shows exhibited two of the best visual designs of the year. Ironically, both shows started the season as shows I didn’t care for, yet came to understand and cheer for by Finals.