History at WGI
Winter Guard International (WGI) is a visual performing arts organization that hosts regional and national competitions for color guard (known as winter guard) and indoor percussion ensembles. Contests are held in the U.S. and also an ever expanding list of other countries. The WGI headquarters is located in Dayton, Ohio, and hosts units from more than a dozen countries at the World Championships each April.
Emerging from the indoor color guard activity, WGI was founded in San Francisco, California in 1977. The first division WGI was founded on was the color guard division. The second division, Indoor Percussion, would not be established until 1992. The third division, Winds (indoor marching band), was established in 2014.
WGI was created as a competitive vehicle for the performing arts. The organization sets standardized rules and criteria, provides educational clinics and resources, and manages competitions on a regional, national, and international scale. SAPA is regionally modeled after WGI and its rules. Please select a link below to see how SAPA units performed at the World Championships.