It is that time of year again. We are all getting into the swing of another school year. Getting new supplies, meeting new friends, and adjusting to a new schedule. It is also a great time to upgrade to a new instrument! There are many advantages to upgrading your student’s instrument. In many cases, it will be easier to play, it will make a better sound, and it will give your student the excitement to keep progressing on their musical journey.
Now through the end of September we will be having our Back To School promotion! It is easy to do; you just give us your horn, fill out a new agreement, and leave with an upgrade! The best part of it is that you can leave your wallet at home. If you upgrade this by the end of September you will be able to walk out of the store with no money down!
If you have any questions, feel free to call our sales department at 1-800-382-1099.
Summer is almost here and school is almost over. If you’re looking for some awesome entertainment that will blow you away, you should check out DCI or Drum Corps International.
From modest beginnings more than three decades ago, Drum Corps International (DCI) has developed into a powerful, nonprofit, global youth activity with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence. Through the annual DCI Tour and more than 35 World Championships in 17 North American cities, Drum Corps International provides entertainment to millions through live performances and nationally-televised events. Drum Corps International is Marching Music’s Major League™.
Student’s ages 13-22 travel from all around the world to participate in DCI every summer. Each year more than 8,000 students audition for about 3,500 positions in the top-tier member corps and participate in about 100 events all across North America.
Fortunately for those of us living in Indiana, there are a couple of shows hosted here every year. Including the DCI World Championships hosted by Lucas Oil Stadium on August 6-8. If you get the chance, you should try and make it to one of these shows.
June 15 – DCI Dress Rehearsal – Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis
June 17 – DCI Tour Premiere – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
June 24 – Drums On The Ohio – Reitz Bowl, Evansville
June 26 – DCI Central Indiana – Ball State University, Muncie
June 27 – Pageant of Drums – Ames Field, Michigan City
July 8 – DCI Fort Wayne – Fort Wayne
August 3-4 – DCI Open Class World Championships, Ames Field, Michigan City
August 6-8 – DCI World Championships – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
The WGI Percussion World Championships are this weekend and we have our top 5 reasons why you should go. But before we get to that, maybe you’ve never heard of WGI and are wondering what this is all about?
From their website: “WGI Sport of the Arts is the world’s premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion, and wind ensemble competitions. As a non-profit youth organization, WGI serves as the leading governing body of the winter guard and indoor percussion activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. Now entering its 38th year in 2015, the sport continues to evolve and grow. There were more than 36,000 participants at the regional level, and more than 12,000 participants at the Sport of the Arts World Championships this past April.”
If you would attend this weekend, you would see the percussion section or “drumlines” of a marching band performing indoors. These show aren’t just thrown together. Hundreds, if not thousands of hours are spent designing, building, rehearsing and competing over several months.
Indiana is one of the premier states when it comes to competitive percussion ensembles. The Indiana Percussion Association just recently held their State Prelims and State Finals competitions where over 100 groups competed in both the concert and movement categories! You can view those results on the IPA website.
As you might have guessed, Indiana will be well represented this weekend in Dayton, Ohio at the WGI Percussion World Championships with several groups competing in various classes.
With that said, here are our top 5 reasons on why you should attend.
1. The Performances Are Incredible
The massive amounts of time, care, preparation, rehearsals and talent all lead to performances that will simply blow you away. Even if you don’t know a lot about the activity, the entertainment value alone is well worth the ticket price. I remember saying out loud the first time I attended IPA or WGI – “These are high school kids?!”
Avon High School Indoor Percussion at the 2014 WGI World Championships.
2. It’s Not Far
WGI Percussion World Championships are held in Dayton, Ohio. Which is only a couple of hours from Indianapolis. You could head over, watch performances and drive back all in one day. We feel the best day to go to get the most bang for your time is Friday.
3. Don’t Miss The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps Percussion Section
The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps have partnered with WGI for the 2015 season.“The Commandant’s Own” percussion section will appear in exhibition during the Saturday night World Cass Finals event on April 11th.
4. The Expo
The WGI Expo will have vendors of all kinds showcasing the latest in percussion trends. You’ll be able to see up close some of the equipment and gear that the ensembles use during their performances. There are also t-shirts, DVDs, sticks, mallets and more available for purchase.
5. You’ll Be Supporting The Arts
WGI is known as the Sport of the Arts. Their high-energy events use competition as a means to encourage the highest standard of excellence. Participants learn the process of working at something for an extended period of time and see their efforts pay off on a national stage. And since they’re a non-profit youth organization, the money you spend with WGI gets put back in the student community. Over the years WGI has awarded over $500,000 in academic scholarships to students from competing units.
To learn more about schedules, venues, ticket sales and more, visit the WGI Percussion page on their website.