This summer, WGI is launching a new educational performance opportunity for marching arts performers of all ages—WGI Solo & Ensemble powered by System Blue.
Positioned in WGI’s typical off-season—and before the start of summer band—WGI Solo & Ensemble offers a venue for performers of all ages to showcase their skills as an individual or small ensemble. Unique in its format, WGI Solo & Ensemble will welcome any and all performers, including those not currently or previously affiliated with a WGI-performing group.
Split between two age classifications and four performance categories, performers will present a short piece in front of a judge to receive personalized, recorded commentary and an overall rating. Although performers/ensembles will be split between two distinct age groups, there will be no age limit in any performance category. Performance categories include Color Guard, Percussion, Winds—Woodwind, and Winds—Brass.
UNITY PERCUSSION (GOLD MEDAL – 96.150)
Using Billy Joel’s iconic song as a starting point, Unity Percussion (FL) (Gold Medal – 96.150) had the crowd eating out their hands in “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant.” Set in an eatery on a red brick floor with tables, a bar, and outdoor café, the line had a blast performing a highly accessible program. An especially crowd-pleasing surprise had a bass feature on red and white table cloths….which actually covered drums and not tables. From dancing waiters, girls tossing pizza dough, happy men singing “That’s Amore” at the bar during Happy Hour, to the appearance of The Godfather, the show had something for the pizza lover in all of us!
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My name is Bernardo Morado and I’m from Lake Placid, Florida. I have played snare for the last 5 years. I’ve previously marched at Lake Placid HS for 4 years, Sebring Indoor for 2 years, and Royalty Percussion in 17’! I’m currently transferring to UCF after receiving my AA in Business Administration from South FL State College. I love drumming, watching movies, and watching basketball when I’m not drumming! (Go Celtics!) This is my first year with Unity Percussion and I am marching on the snare line.
Dillon is one of our youngest members who's from Perry FL, a small town near Tallahassee, and goes to Taylor County High School. He enjoys playing video games and watching YouTube a lot! Dillon is playing snare for Unity Percussion and this is his rookie season. He plans on going to FSU to study music education and play with Big 8 and the Marching Chiefs.