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RHYTHM X MARKS SPOT FOR FIRST WORLD TITLE
Success inSanta Clara
Brings home the gold... a sixth time! RECRUITMENT TOOLS & TIPS
Congratulations to Independent World Gold Medalist Rhythm X and Independent Open Gold Medalist Tyler Junior College! RHYTHM X
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Percussion Scholastic World’s Centerville HS at the 2008 World Championships in Dayton
SPRING 2008 Volume 22, Issue 2 Winter Guard International Ron Nankervis Chief Executive Ofﬁcer Bart Woodley Marketing Manager Aaron Jenkins Marketing & Communications Coordinator Published By: In Tune Partners, LLC
A Season to Remember Time sure does ﬂy when you’re having fun, and the 2008 WGI season seems to have passed by in the blink of an eye. With anticipation built through each passing regional weekend, the energy and emotions brought to Dayton, Ohio, were at an all-time high. A round of applause is truly deserved for all the individuals who participated in any and every aspect of these spectacular events. The memories of an amazing season are sure to live on in the hearts and minds of every volunteer, instructor, sponsor, fan, and most of all in each performer. It is only with the combination of these many different personalities and positions that activities this unique can thrive and evolve. We are always trying to support an environment where young men and women can grow, laugh, learn, and meet challenges as a group, and we urge you to continue to support our young performers as many of them continue their performance dreams this summer and fall. Before you know it, we’ll all be back in Dayton in 2009 to witness the thrill of the Sport of the Arts again.
Irwin Kornfeld CEO Will Edwards President Angelo Biasi Publisher Ken Schlager Editor-in-Chief Jackie Jordan Creative Director Robin Stein Production Director Don Helsel Operations Director Tia Levinson Business Manager Contributing Writers: David G. Hill, Scott Markham, Melinda Newman, Michael Reed Photography: Jolesch Photography, Robert Cawthorne, Julia Higbe, Dan Scaﬁdi, Linda Unser, and Sid Unser WGI FOCUS is an educational publication of WGI Sport of the Arts. Its purpose is to broaden communication within the family of color guards and percussion ensembles. FOCUS is published three times per year. WGI FOCUS is a free publication with a circulation of 14,000 copies. All members of the WGI family may submit articles for consideration. WGI reserves the right to edit all submitted material. If your address has changed please notify the WGI ofﬁce. Failure to do this could result in the loss of your WGI FOCUS subscription. We don’t want to lose touch with you!
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Volume 22 Issue 2 Spring 2008
Fantasia’s Independent World team goes for the gold
INSIDE 9 ENSEMBLE Emmy-winning choreographer Mia Michaels takes in the action at Dayton ... New details about the 2009 event calendar and 2008 championship DVDs … Glendora High’s stylish campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research … the names and faces of this year’s 13 WGI scholarship winners ... and much more!
14 CLOSE-UP After a 20-year absence from winter guard events, the Santa Clara Vanguard is back in a big way, scoring high with a powerful blend of tradition and innovation.
16 SPOTLIGHT Dave Marvin of Colorado’s Northglenn High and Jay Webb of Indiana’s Avon High tell us what it took to become the newest members of WGI’s Hall of Fame.
20 2008 COLOR GUARD CHAMPIONSHIPS: DETERMINED SPIRITS Gold medal winners Fantasia and Flanagan HS made history, but the high level of talent and dedication displayed by every competitor was the real story this year.
24 2008 PERCUSSION CHAMPIONSHIPS: SWEET SIXTEEN
With a record number of attendees, competitors, and ﬁnalists—led by Rhythm X and Dartmouth HS—the WGI percussion championships have entered a new age.
30 CLINIC The success of every winter guard unit depends on its members. So how do you ﬁnd them? Five top program directors describe the tools they use for recruitment.
34 WGI IMAGES Relive the excitement of the 2008 ﬁnals with these snapshots from Dayton. Cover photos, clockwise from top left: Rhythm X, Santa Clara Vanguard, Plymouth Canton HS, and Fantasia.
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SUCCESS IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD. Rhythm X
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MIA MICHAELS: MAKING ALL THE RIGHT MOVES IN DAYTON Among the excited spectators at WGI’s recent Color Guard World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, was Mia Michaels. The Emmy Award-winning choreographer got her ﬁrst taste of color guard last year and could not resist coming back for more. “I was so intrigued by it, because it’s so grand, and it’s so big,” Michaels said when interviewed at the ﬁnals. “I’m so connected to it because of the movement, but then there’s another layer on top, because of all the weapons and the ﬂ ags. As a creator, I ﬁnd it to be a great challenge to create something like that and keep the artistic integrity and the vocabulary and the tricks.” Michaels, who was the featured clinician at September’s WGI Spinfest!! in Orlando, Florida, sounds like she would love to get further involved with WGI activities. “When I look at it, I see all the possibilities of staging and the use of props, so it just opens my eyes to actually create,” she said. As impressed as she was at the ﬁnals, Michaels believes she has something important to offer WGI participants. “Not only working on dance and technique and movement, but also ﬁnding the more unique movement for the performers,” she said. “Some of them aren’t as technically trained as some of the dancers I work with, so I would really try to ﬁnd new ways of approaching movement with their props. I would love to really open their eyes to new ways of getting around that stage.” So does Michaels expect her exposure to color guard to inﬂuence her own work? Absolutely, she said, “If I ever decide to throw somebody in the air!”
CHAMPIONSHIP DVDS AVAILABLE SOON WGI RELEASES 2009 CALENDAR The 2009 WGI season features 46 events in 19 states and London, England. The season begins Feb. 7–8 and runs through the color guard World Championships on April 2–4 with the percussion ﬁnals on April 16–18. There are ﬁ ve color guard Power Regionals in March, including a return to Dallas, Texas. For a complete calendar, visit wgi.org. www.wgi.org
The 2008 WGI Championship DVDs are coming soon. The DVDs, produced once again by John Flower Productions, capture all the great moments from the recent Color Guard and Percussion ﬁnals in Dayton, Ohio. This year’s titles also include special behind-the-scenes montages. Volumes 1 and 2 cover the Independent World and Scholastic World color guard ﬁnals, respectively. Volume 3 is dedicated to Open Class color guard, while Volume 4 gathers up A Class color guard highlights. Volume 5 focuses on Independent World and A Class percussion. Similarly, Volume 6 handles Scholastic World and A Class percussion. Volume 7 is all Open Class percussion. Lastly, Volume 8 documents the 2008 Percussion Concert. The DVDs will be available for delivery in early August; most are priced at $59. Orders are being taken now at wgi.org/store. WGI FOCUS 9
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MAKING A POINT WITH BREAST CANCER PINS The Glendora High School Tartan Band and Pageantry have found a unique way to give back. The group’s members have raised more than $5,000 since February 2007 selling pins, lanyards, T-shirts, and sweatshirts with their specially designed Guard Against (and Band Against) Breast Cancer logos. Funds are donated to the City of Hope for breast cancer research. Brenda Butterﬁeld, a group mom who spearheads the drive at the suburban Los Angeles school, says more than 2,400 pins, 850 lanyards, and 1,300 sweatshirts and T-shirts have been sold to date. The group has a booth to sell the items at the students’ performances, including WGI events, such as the recent color guard World Championships. (The pageantry members march in Scholastic A color guard.) Butterﬁeld says the program is greeted with applause wherever the group goes. The program also has caused great excitement among the band members. After the students’ ﬁrst competition last year, “They talked more about the breast cancer booth than about their own performances,” Butterﬁeld says. One of the most enthusiastic is Butterﬁeld’s daughter Krissy, a Glendora senior and color guard member.
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PERCUSSION FOCUS Roland Rolls Out New Digital Snare Roland introduced its new RMP-12 battery-powered snare drum at WGI’s Percussion World Championships weekend. The RMP-12 features Roland’s multi-layered mesh head, a built-in sound module with a variety of sounds, and Rhythm Coach functionality. Sounds from the unit can be sent out to headphones or through a wire or wirelessly to a sound system. That makes the RMP-12 suitable for practice or for performance. The unit ﬁts on standard marching carriers or drum stands. For more information, visit rolandus.com.
WGI BOOTH HITS THE ROAD WITH DVD DEALS The WGI DVD booth will be on tour this summer, offering sneak previews of the 2008 World Championship DVDs and great deals on past championships DVDs. The booth will appear at DCI shows in San Antonio, Texas (July 19), Atlanta (July 26), Allentown, Pa. (Aug. 1), and at the DCI World Championships in Bloomington, Ind. (Aug. 7-9). There will be another opportunity for deals at the Texas Band Masters Association in San Antonio (July 27-30). 10 WGI FOCUS
Congratulations to Dartmouth High School, WGI Percussion Scholastic World Champions
Dartmouth High School Cymbal Line Congratulations to all the medalist performers who participated in the 2008 WGI Percussion Championships: I n d e p e n d e n t Wo r l d : Riverside Community College (Silver) Aimachi (Bronze)
S c h o l . Wo r l d : Mission Viejo HS (Silver)
Independent A: Pioneer Indoor (Gold)
Independent Open: Penn State Indoor Drumline (Silver) STRYKE Percussion Ensemble (Bronze)
Schol. Open: Pacifica High School (Gold), Tr u m b u l l H i g h S c h o o l ( S i l v e r ) F o u n t a i n Va l l e y H i g h S c h o o l ( B r o n z e )
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Santa Clara Vanguard Builds Success in Its Guard Program Grows Quickly Around Strong Nucleus By Melinda Newman
he Santa Clara Vanguard’s Independent World winter guard leapt over the competition this season. At the 2008 Color Guard World Championships, the California organization placed fourth with a 95.0 score and received a standing ovation from the audience. SCV, which returned to winter guard activity in 2005 after a 20-year absence, also ﬁnished in the top 10 of the world ﬁnals in 2006 and 2007. “It’s a terriﬁc feeling,” says SCV director Dave Meikle, who arrived in 2005 with the goal of reinstating the winter guard program. It was a homecoming of sorts: Meikle marched in Santa Clara’s drum corps years ago. “The SCV organization already supported a world-class drum corps, open class corps, and dance program,” Meikle says. Therefore, it had to evaluate its ﬁnancial and organizational resources before adding the
knowledge, passion, talents, and love for this activity are evident not only to the staff, but members as well.” Of course, having a top-notch staff would mean nothing without members. As it relaunched the winter guard, SCV turned to its own corps members for recruitment. “We have a consistent nucleus that performs in both winter and summer programs,” Meikle says. “We also have strong high school programs in the area, and once their members are ﬁnished performing with their high school, we usually see many at our auditions.” One reason for restarting the winter guard, he adds, “was to develop a strong membership base who would be offered training for both winter and summer programs from the same staff.” Additionally, Meikle recently brought on performance coach Shirley Dorritie to conduct master classes. “She’s not just a color guard icon, but a master in her professional ﬁeld. Her techniques, mixed with her incredible understanding of the color guard activity, are proving to be a huge tool for the performers.” The results show with the success of this year’s program, “On a Breath,” which combines tradition with the contemporary. “Jon Vanderkolff created a very organic soundtrack full of emotion, intrigue, and passion, utilizing the music of Damien Rice’s ‘The Blower’s Daughter,’” Meikle says. “We wanted to offer a program that would keep our audience on the edge of their seats.” Tradition is important, but, as Meikle notes, “the word ‘vanguard’ can be deﬁned as ‘being in the forefront,’ which is what we strive to be. The mix of the two is always our goal.”
ard’ can u g n a ‘v d r o w The front,’ e r o f e h t in g ‘bein be deﬁned as o be. t e iv r t s e w t a which is wh winter guard. Denise Bonﬁglio and Meikle made a proposal to the board of directors, which passed in September 2005. Shortly thereafter, they began building a staff, which includes Jon Vanderkolff, Jim Moore, Carol Abohatab, Kathy Pearson, Andy Mroczek, and Suko Quan. WGI Hall of Famer Bonﬁglio is SCV’s staff coordinator, which means “she lends her input to the designers, technical staff, and administration,” Meikle says. “Denise’s 14 WGI FOCUS
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Two Roads Taken To Hall of Fame Acclaim Marvin, Webb Receive WGI’s Highest Honor
Dave Marvin with wife Kathy, daughter Chandler, and son Taylor. At left, Jay Webb.
By Ken Schlager
wo more names have been added to the membership roll of the WGI Hall of Fame. Dave Marvin is the longtime percussion director at Northglenn High School in Colorado. Jay Webb is director of bands at Indiana’s Avon High School. The two join 28 other individuals who have earned WGI’s highest honor since the Hall of Fame was established in 1992. Marvin began marching with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps at age 11. He has spent a lifetime in the activity, which has become a family affair. His wife Kathy teaches the pit for Northglenn; their daughter Chandler and son Taylor perform in the ensemble. As a youth, Marvin also marched with and taught for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. By age 17, he was teaching and writing for Northglenn. He became percussion director when he was just 18. In his 30 years at the school, Northglenn has earned 19 state titles, as well as WGI bronze, silver, and gold medals. Marvin also directs the Longmont High School marching percussion section and, from 1999-2005, handled show development for the Blue Knights,
which won four WGI championships in that period. “I write for a lot of groups, and I write in Colorado for groups that are in the same class,” Marvin says. “For me, it’s so much less about the competition than it is about trying to create a great environment for the kids.” Additionally, Marvin is director/arranger for the Denver Broncos Stampede, the ﬁrst ofﬁcially endorsed drumline in the National Football League. He also has served on the WGI board and the Percussion Steering Committee. Jay Webb ﬁrst marched with the Florida Vanguard, then moved to the Bayonne Bridgemen Drum and Bugle Corps. He also taught at Bridgemen, Star of Indiana, Bluecoats, and Dutch Boy. He came to Avon High School as band director in 1993. Under Webb’s guidance, the percussion program soared up WGI’s ladder of success, entering percussion competition in 1995, winning PSA in 1996 and 1997, moving to Open Class, winning PSO in 2001, moving to World Class, and winning that in 2002. “It was a learning process,” Webb says. “The activity itself was very young and immature. Every year we came out we were trying to do something different.” Like Marvin, Webb has been active in advancing the activity, serving on the WGI board and the Percussion Steering Committee. Both men are humbled by their selection to the Hall of Fame. “Frankly, it’s a little embarrassing,” Marvin says. “So much of what we do requires so many people. I feel guilty that I can’t really share that.” Adds Webb: “I was kind of surprised. I don’t think of myself as that old yet.”
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