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At WGAZ Performing Arts, our mission is is to foster growth and quality in the performing arts by offering exceptional performance and educational opportunities for our community. More specifically, we organize competitions and clinics for participants from middle school to college age in Arizona and surrounding states.

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Upcoming Events

WGI Phoenix Color Guard Regional

March 2, 2024
Eastmark HS

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WGI Phoenix Percussion/Winds Regional

March 2, 2024
Desert Ridge HS

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Guard Focus Show for Elementary, Independent Prep, & Junior HS

March 8, 2024
Desert Vista HS

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Mountain View HS (Tucson)

March 9, 2024
Mountain View HS (Tucson)

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Basha HS (Guard Only)

March 16, 2024
Basha HS

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WGAZ News

December Clinic!

Congratulations to everyone on an outstanding marching band season! The fun doesn’t have to end here. Join us for one of our FREE upcoming clinics on December 9th at Desert Vista HS to refine your skills and continue improving in the marching arts!

Guard
  • Ira Jenkins for Educators/Staff & Judges
    • Ira Jenkins is the newly appointed Director of Bands at Decatur High School in Georgia. Prior to joining Decatur High School in July 2022, Mr. Jenkins was the Director of Bands at Alpharetta High School. While at Alpharetta High School, the concert bands were featured performers at GMEA's In-service Conference, UGA's JanFest Honor Band Clinic, Music For All's Southeastern Concert Festival, and a host of other special performances. The marching band was a Bands of America regional finalist as well as Grand Champion at the Jacksonville University Invitational. Alpharetta's Indoor Percussion ensemble was GIPA's Scholastic A champion in 2022 as well as the WGI Atlanta Scholastic A champion. All three of Alpharetta's winter guards have been repeat SAPA championship medalists. In 2019 the Alpharetta varsity winter guard was a Winter Guard International World Championships finalist.

      Prior to Alpharetta High School, Jenkins taught elementary, middle, and high school bands in City of Atlanta, Cobb County, Fulton County, and in Westchester County (NY) as well as Bergen County (NJ). His bands consistently earned superior ratings at performance evaluations, and his winter guards have received state championships honors. Jenkins' students have earned chairs in county and district honor bands as well as all-state bands and university honor clinics. Many of his students continue their passion for performance in college bands, professional ensembles, drum and bugle corps, independent drumlines, and independent winter guards.

      Mr. Jenkins' responsibilities have extended far beyond the classroom. He has served as an assistant high school marching band director, visual caption head, color guard caption head, and director of numerous winter guard programs throughout the east coast. He has also served as band chair and the district chair for GMEA's District 5 as well as vice president of the Southern Association for Performance Arts (SAPA).

      Mr. Jenkins' professional affiliations include marching band and winter guard adjudication with the WGI, DCI, BOA, USSBA, and various circuits around the country. He holds memberships with GMEA, NAfME, and NBA.

      Education:
      PhD. (in progress); Music Education, Georgia State University (2024-anticipated)
      Ed.S; Music Education, University of Georgia
      M.Ed; Education Administration, Kennesaw State University
      B.M.; Music Education, Georgia State University and Florida A&M University
  • Students
    • Niko Matsamura Equipment Master Class for Students
    • John Escalante Movement Master Class for Students
    • Jordan Casey Flag Master Class for Students
      • Jordan Casey has been involved in the pageantry arts since he started marching band back in eighth grade. Jordan has performed with various DCI groups, WGI groups, and spent time performing internationally with BLAST! The Music of Disney. Jordan has continued his passion for pageantry through the realm of education and choreography by working with high school programs as well as independent groups throughout the country. While he is not in a gym or on a field for colorguard, Jordan enjoys outdoor adventures and spending time with friends and family.
Percussion
  • w/ Vision Percussion
  • Beginner and Intermediate/Advance Tracks for Students
Winds
  • w/ Foreword Winds
  • Brass & Woodwinds Pedagogy for Students

Students, remember to bring your own equipment, athletic wear, & water!

Register here: https://gofan.co/event/1262659?schoolId=AZ86318

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2024 Registration Information

WGAZ is pleased to announce that registration for the 2024 season will begin on Sunday, October 1st, 2023 at 12:00AM.


Membership & Event Registration is done via CompetitionSuite starting October 1st. To register for events, log into your CompetitionSuite account and navigate to the Registration tab at the top of the page. Make sure you are looking at Open shows and pick your shows.

Membership/Event Registration Link

During the registration process, units are able to register for a maximum of 5 regular-season shows and Championships. Performance order will be determined by payment date then registration date.


Per the conversation from the September Membership Meeting - The Color Guard Focus Show for Elementary, Independent Prep, & Junior HS class has moved to March 8 or 9 depending on facilities. (East Valley area)


Requirement for the season:

  • Your units 's first performance must be by 2/24/2023
  • Review WGAZ's Code of Conduct, Policy & Procedure, and Bylaws
  • Participating Unit Master Agreement (PUMA)
  • Background Check & SafeSport Training for all adult instructional and administrative staff having regular contact with, or authority over, participants
  • Insurance
  • Copyright
    • One example on how to obtain copyright: ClickNClear (wgi.clicknclear.com)
  • Permission form for Independent Units with High School Students


Helpful Links:


Registration questions? Please email [email protected]

Classification questions? Please email one of these individuals:

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2024 September Meeting

September Membership Meeting

The September Membership meeting will be held in person at Williams Field High School on Sunday, September 24, at 1:00 PM. You can find directions to the school parking lot by clicking the link here. We will discuss season fees, competition dates and hosts, and more. This meeting will also be another opportunity to earn an extra staff badge for your group!

The Advisory committee meeting will take place before the membership meeting on Sunday, September 24, at 11:00 AM at Williams Field High School. All are welcome to attend the advisory meeting.

Last Call - Bylaws/Policy & Procedure Change Proposals:

The September meeting is the last meeting to propose changes to the bylaws or policy and procedures manual. If you would like to propose an amendment to the Bylaws or the P&P, please click here to complete the form. The last day to submit a change is September 15 at 11:59 PM.

Pursuant to the new rule change adopted in May, please remember that only members of the Percussion and Winds Advisory Boards will vote on changes to the Policy and Procedures as well as the Bylaws specific to their sections, and all Color Guard Units will vote on changes to the Bylaws and Policy and Procedures specific to color guard. Any proposal that affects the entire WGAZ membership will still be voted on by the entire WGAZ membership (guard, percussion, and winds).

Thank you, and we hope to see you on September 24 at Williams Field High School!


Introducing the newest WGAZ Winds Advisor: Ian Hoffman

We are thrilled to announce a fantastic addition to our team! Please join us in welcoming Ian Hoffman as the newest Winds Advisor at WGAZ. With his extensive experience and passion for the world of indoor winds, we are confident that Ian will contribute immensely to the growth and success of our organization.

Biography:

Starting his musical journey singing with the Dreaming Summit Honor Choir in the 4th grade and the Arizona State Choir the very next year, Ian has a deep seeded connection and passion for the arts.

He has been a trumpet player through and through from his first day of middle school band. With over a decade’s worth of trumpet playing experience and now his sixth season instructing winds at AzMBA Grand Champion and consecutive division 4A high music award winning Millennium High School, as well as instructing the Millennium and Sandra Day O’Connor Jazz Bands, he has a plethora of knowledge and experience in the areas of jazz, marching brass, and trumpet pedagogy respectively.

As an on field performer in the Superbowl 49 Halftime show, a member of gold medalist Phenom Soundsport and later a section leader and multiple year soloist with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, he has learned first hand what the demands of high level performance require from an ensemble. He has had the opportunity to perform with world renowned trumpet players Wayne Bergeron, Jens Lindemann, Michael Martin and José Sabaja and carries this experience into his teaching endeavors.

Ian is the director of consecutive WGAZ Champion Foreword Winds, the premier independent winds group in Arizona. He is also starting his first year as assistant director at Millennium High School and plans to help take the program to new heights.

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2024 Event Host Bid Form is Open!

The time has come to submit your event host bid for the 2024 season! Click here to access the bid form. Please read the form carefully so all questions may be answered properly to ensure your best chances at being awarded an event.

A few reminders about the bidding process:

  • Events are awarded by the WGAZ Event Host Selection Committee, which includes representatives from Percussion, Color Guard, and Winds from across the state of Arizona.
  • The WGAZ Event Selection Committee makes its choices based on many factors, including feedback from the WGAZ Membership about things including, but not limited to, event location, venue size, and event quality.
  • Bidding on numerous dates gives you a higher chance of being awarded an event, however nothing guarantees you an event.
  • WGAZ is incredibly thankful to everyone who has hosted an event in the past and is interested in hosting in the future. Please keep in mind that being an event host in previous years does not guarantee that you will be awarded an event this year.

Attached is a draft of the 2024 Event Host Handbook for you to look at. This was included in order to give prospective event hosts a chance to see what they are bidding on. A few minor changes may occur, however those will be communicated by the Event Host Coordinator.

The application will close on September 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

Click here to bid!

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2023 May Membership Meeting & Board Nominations & Proposals

Congratulations on an amazing 2023 season! Here are a few items that will be coming up in the month of May.

Upcoming Business:

The May Membership meeting will be held in person at Desert Vista High School on Saturday, May 6th at 1:00PM.

The Advisory committee meeting will be held prior to the membership meeting, on Saturday, May 6th at 11:00AM at Desert Vista High School. Be on the look out for an email from your Liaisons, also note that all are welcome to attend the advisory meeting.

Updated Policy and Procedures:

Attached are the updated Bylaws and Policy and Procedures that include the updates from last year's meeting.
If you would like to propose an amendment to the Bylaws or the P&P, please fill out this form.

Please remember that only members of the Advisory Board will vote on changes to the Policy and Procedures as well as the Bylaws. Members of the Advisory board have been notified via a separate email.

Board Elections:

Several Board positions are up for election this May. The following positions are up for election:

President
Color Guard Judges Coordinator
Percussion/Winds Coordinator
Secretary

If you would like to nominate someone for the board, please fill out this form.

All WGAZ Units have one vote to cast for Board Positions. A delegate must be in attendance at the WGAZ membership meeting in order to vote. Delegates must be on your staff list for the 2023 season. Each delegate must only vote for one unit.

Thank you, and we hope to see you on May 6th at Desert Vista High School.


Schedule: (subject to change)

11:00AM - 12:30PM | Advisory board (All members welcome)
12:30PM - 1:00PM | Break and snacks
1:00PM - 3:00PM | Full membership meeting


Nominee Bios:

Percussion/Winds Judges Coordinator:
  • Bryan Scheidecker
    • Bryan Scheidecker’s initial introduction to music happened when he took up the saxophone at Jellick Elementary in Rowland Heights, California. At the time, he had no idea that making this decision would alter his life forever; for it was on a big blue hollowed-out school bus known as the “Note Boat” where his musical journey began.Since 1999, Bryan has provided instruction for schools and Drum Corps in California, Massachusetts, and Arizona. He is currently the Visual Caption Head for Williams Field High School and is part of the visual team for Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps. In addition to instructing, he is also responsible for adjudicating and directing competitions for the Southern California Percussion Alliance (SCPA), Winter Guard Arizona (WGAZ) and Winter Guard International (WGI) indoor percussion circuits, as well as the Arizona Marching Band Association (AzMBA) and Bands of America (BOA) fall circuits. Bryan also serves as a board member for WGAZ and AzMBA. Additionally, he had a previous role as the Assistant Director of Education for the Vic Firth Company and presently serves as an Education Sales Rep for Music & Arts.
      As a performer, Bryan spent his four years at Ruben S. Ayala High School heavily involved in the instrumental music department, three of them in leadership roles. As an adult, he has played with artists such as Steve Wilkerson, Jeff Hamilton, the Jazz on the Latin Side All-stars, Poncho Sanchez, and as a soloist for Grammy Award winner Celine Dion.
Color Guard Judges Coordinator :
  • Scott Montoya
    • Scott Montoya has been involved in the Pageantry Arts for 33 years. He has served as visual designer, coordinator, visual tech and brass instructor for marching bands and winter guards throughout Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. He is currently the Brass Caption Head at Williams Field High School in Gilbert, AZ. Scott is currently a Design Analysis Judge for Winter Guard Arizona, Texas Color Guard Circuit, West Texas Color Guard Association and other organizations around the United States. He is also an active adjudicator for marching band for various organizations such as: Arizona Marching Band Association, California State Band Championships, USBands and other local and regional competitions around the country.Scott is a founding board member of the West Texas Color Guard Association in El Paso, TX serving on the board from 1998 – 2000, 2006-2010 and served as the board President from 2010 – 2014. Scott also acts as the judge coordinator for WTCA (2019 – present). Scott is currently serving on Winter Guard Arizona Board of Directors as the Color Guard Judge Coordinator facilitating judge coordination for the season, maintaining open communication with instructors, working with the color guard liaison to facilitate judge and instructor education and training, active member of the reclassification committee, staying current with all WGI judge adjudication trends and maintaining relationships with current judges from various circuits around the county and WGI, as well as other duties assigned by the WGAZ Board. Scott also served as a board member for WGAZ from 2001-2004. Scott teaches Criminal Justice at the East Valley Institute of Technology, a Career and Education Public High School in Mesa, AZ. Scott is married to his awesome wife, Robin Montoya who also has strong ties to the pageantry arts. They have two growing young men, Anthony and Joshua, both involved in music.
  • Keith Casey
    • Keith has been involved in the pageantry arts for over 40 years. He has performed with Spirit of Atlanta and Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps. Additionally, he performed with State Street Review Winterguard where he was an Independent World Class Bronze Medalist. He taught guard at Lassiter HS (Marietta GA) where they were named the BOA Grand National Champions twice, WGI Scholastic A and Open Class Champions, and also a two-time Scholastic World Class Finalist. Since 2011, he has been the Guard Caption Head and Visual Coordinator for the 9-time, ABODA Div. I State Champion Desert Vista HS Thunder Marching Band in Phoenix AZ. His winterguard was most recently named the WGAZ Scholastic Open Class Champions.In the past, he has served on the Winter Guard Arizona Board as the Color Guard Liaison. One of his main goals for this potential position is to foster more out-of-state judges who are adjudicating on the WGI Regional and National panels to better prepare our growing circuit with the tools necessary for success outside of Arizona. Given his resources with working in multiple circuits from across the country, he wants to give our circuit more access to adjudicators who are judging in the most competitive areas to give us a better sense of what to expect based on the national scale. This would increase our exposure and viability as a circuit in out-of-state regionals as well as on the national stage. He has devoted his life to the pageantry arts and would love the opportunity to serve in this capacity.Keith is also a 25-year veteran teacher who currently teaches Senior English and is the Senior English Level Chair at Desert Vista HS in Phoenix AZ. When he is not working on English, band, and guard, he enjoys spending time with his lovely dog, Sadie.
Event Host Coordinator
  • Tina Milyiori
    • Tina Milyiori is originally from Northeast Ohio and moved to Chandler, AZ in August 2018. Tina has been involved in the Marching Arts for 33+ years as a performer, color guard technician, director, adjudicator, volunteer, and parent in both the fall and winter color guard and marching band space. Most recently, she has been a volunteer at WGI World Championships every year since 2008 and is a member of the WGI Scholarship Committee. Her daughter, Lorelai, is a Sophomore fall and winter guard member at Corona del Sol and plays flute in the Symphonic Band. She is an active member of the Corona del Sol Boosters, and has been the Co-Chair for the Crown of the Sun Marching Invitational and WGAZ Sponsored Winter/Percussion Competition. She is currently Co-Guard Liaison for the CdS fall and winter guard and served as the interim Event Host Coordinator for WGAZ at the end of the 2023 season.
Secretary
  • Kristina Haney
    • Kristina Haney has been involved in the percussive arts since 2007. Involved in her high school program, as well as at a collegiate and independent organization level, her knowledge of the activity makes her a perfect candidate for WGAZ Secretary. Currently, Kristina is the Assistant Director and Cymbal Tech at Vision Percussion, where she handles logistics, social media, and fundraising efforts throughout the year. She currently works as a Senior Specialist in the revenue operations department at a tech company, handling commissions and compensation for sales reps and managers. In this role, she communicates verbally and by email with stakeholders across multiple departments. Outside of the performing arts activity, Kristina has served on various boards ranging from the Homeowners Association where she is currently the Vice President, as well as previously serving on the board of Arizona Society of Homebrewers, and the Arizona Business Travel Association.
  • Eryn Streeter
    • Eryn Streeter is the current color guard and winter guard director at Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria, AZ. Born and raised in the West Valley, Eryn has performed with notable color guard groups, including the Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band, FeniX Independent, Sandra Day O'Connor High School, and, most recently, The ProcesS Independent. Outside of color guard, Eryn holds a master's degree from Arizona State University in public administration (MPA) and a paralegal certificate from the University of Arizona and works for a non-profit organization doing advocacy work. Eryn hopes to take her color guard passion and continue to support WGAZ and its mission to foster growth and quality in the performing arts.

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Congrats to Queen Creek Indoor Percussion!

After a successful performance at the 2023 Percussion/Winds Focus Show on March 3-4, 2023, Queen Creek Indoor Percussion – upon the recommendation of the Percussion/Winds Reclassification Committee – was promoted to the Percussion Scholastic A National class within the Winterguard Arizona (WGAZ) circuit.

Queen Creek Indoor Percussion is based out of Queen Creek, AZ and under the direction of Connor Sullivan & John Davenport.

See Queen Creek Indoor Percussion at the following events!

  • Campo Verde HS
  • Buckeye HS
  • Percussion Championships Day 2

About Winterguard Arizona

Winterguard Arizona, Inc. (WGAZ) is a nonprofit organization founded to draw together the growing indoor winterguard, percussion, and winds activity under standardized rules while providing leadership and guidance in a competitive circuit. Our mission is to foster growth and quality in the performing arts by offering exceptional performance and educational opportunities for our community.

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Congrats to Hamilton Indoor Percussion Ensemble!

After a successful performance at the 2023 Percussion/Winds Focus Show on March 3-4, 2023, Hamilton Indoor Percussion Ensemble – upon the recommendation of the Percussion/Winds Reclassification Committee – was promoted to the Percussion Scholastic A National class within the Winterguard Arizona (WGAZ) circuit.

Hamilton Indoor Percussion Ensemble is based out of Chandler, AZ and under the direction of Jason Poole & Charlie Baker.

See Hamilton Indoor Percussion Ensemble at the following events!

  • Campo Verde HS
  • Percussion Championships Day 2

About Winterguard Arizona

Winterguard Arizona, Inc. (WGAZ) is a nonprofit organization founded to draw together the growing indoor winterguard, percussion, and winds activity under standardized rules while providing leadership and guidance in a competitive circuit. Our mission is to foster growth and quality in the performing arts by offering exceptional performance and educational opportunities for our community.

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Congrats to Youngker Emerald Guard!

After a successful performance at the 2023 Guard Focus Show on March 3-4, 2023, Youngker Emerald Guard – upon the recommendation of the Color Guard Reclassification Committee – was promoted to the Scholastic Regional A class within the Winterguard Arizona (WGAZ) circuit.

Youngker Emerald Guard is based out of Buckeye, AZ and under the direction of Brittany Kolopanis & Kyle Brown.

See Youngker Emerald Guard at the following events!

  • Mountain Ridge HS
  • Guard Championships Day 1

About Winterguard Arizona

Winterguard Arizona, Inc. (WGAZ) is a nonprofit organization founded to draw together the growing indoor winterguard, percussion, and winds activity under standardized rules while providing leadership and guidance in a competitive circuit. Our mission is to foster growth and quality in the performing arts by offering exceptional performance and educational opportunities for our community.

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Huge Shout out to Reid Scholz!

The I AM WGI: Future Leaders Program Returns in 2023 (FLP) aims to lay the groundwork for mentorship of aspiring leaders from within the WGI community.

This program is a comprehensive mentorship and leadership opportunity designed to foster the next generation of leaders in our activity.

The Future Leaders Program will provide opportunities for:

  • Mentorship with the WGI Board of Directors.
  • Outreach and Service to the WGI Community.
  • Collaboration with peers from across the entire WGI community.

For more information about the program, please visit WGI Future Leaders

For more information about the 2023 class, please visit 2023 CLASS OF FUTURE LEADERS PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

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Congrats to Desert Ridge HS Winterguard!

After a successful performance at the 2023 Desert Vista HS on February 18, 2023, Desert Ridge Winterguard – upon the recommendation of the Color Guard Reclassification Committee – was promoted to the Scholastic A class within the Winterguard Arizona (WGAZ) circuit.

Desert Ridge Winterguard is based out of Mesa, AZ and under the direction of Alyssa Lambert-Garcia & Stephanie Campbell.

See Desert Ridge Winterguard at the following events!

  • Corona del Sol HS
  • Guard Focus Show Day 2
  • Mountain Ridge HS
  • Guard Championships Day 2

About Winterguard Arizona

Winterguard Arizona, Inc. (WGAZ) is a nonprofit organization founded to draw together the growing indoor winterguard, percussion, and winds activity under standardized rules while providing leadership and guidance in a competitive circuit. Our mission is to foster growth and quality in the performing arts by offering exceptional performance and educational opportunities for our community.

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Congrats to Ironwood Ridge HS Winterguard!

After a successful performance at the 2023 Eval Show at Canyon View High School on January 28, 2023, Ironwood Ridge Winterguard – upon the recommendation of the Color Guard Reclassification Committee – was promoted to the Scholastic Regional A class within the Winterguard Arizona (WGAZ) circuit.

Ironwood Ridge Winterguard is based out of Oro Valley, AZ and under the direction of Emily Poling & Damon Knepper.

See Ironwood Ridge Winterguard at the following events!

  • Guard Focus Show Day 2
  • Ironwood Ridge HS
  • Guard Championships Day 1

About Winterguard Arizona

Winterguard Arizona, Inc. (WGAZ) is a nonprofit organization founded to draw together the growing indoor winterguard, percussion, and winds activity under standardized rules while providing leadership and guidance in a competitive circuit. Our mission is to foster growth and quality in the performing arts by offering exceptional performance and educational opportunities for our community.

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2023 Nomination for Director and Volunteer of the Year Now Open!

Each year, WGAZ honors a Colorguard Director of the year, a Percussion/Winds Director of the year, and a Volunteer of the Year. These individuals are outstanding members of the community who have made an impact on the lives of their students and those around them. Their dedication to the activity, their unit, and their students go above and beyond. To show their impact, the nomination must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation, and at least two student testimonials.

Nominations close March 16, 2023 at 11:59PM Arizona Time

Click here to nominate a Director!

Click here to nominate a Volunteer!

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Scholarship Application

WGAZ is looking for scholarship applicants for the 2024 season! We encourage all current seniors and college students to submit their applications. For more information please contact Amy Kochis.

**NOTICE**

This application process requires the applicants to sign in with a valid G-Mail account.

Each applicant must provide the following in PDF Format: Two Letters of recommendation from individuals other than the group director. High School and/or College Transcript. SAT/ACT scores are optional.

PLEASE HAVE THESE ITEMS READY BEFORE COMPLETING THE FORM AS THEY WILL NEED TO BE ATTACHED AT TIME OF COMPLETION.

The 2024 Scholarship Application is now available. Applications are due March 15th, 2024.

Apply Here

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Student Hands on Clinic this Saturday!


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Know the Sheets: A Training for Judges and Instructors for a Successful Indoor Season Clinic!

Our Know the Sheets: A Training for Judges and Instructors for a Successful Indoor Season Clinic will be held on December 3rd 2022 at Millennium HS! (Your last chance to earn another badge for your unit, up to 3)

    • Color Guard Judges and Instructors check-in will start at 8:30AM
    • Percussion/Winds Judges and Instructors check-in will start at 9:30AM
    • Combined Color Guard and Percussion/Winds course will start at 4:00PM
    • For our full schedule please click here!
  • Our FREE Color Guard Student Clinic will be held on December 3rd, 2022 at Millennium HS. Check-in will begin at 8:30AM
  • Our FREE Percussion/Winds Student Clinic will be on January 15th, 2023 (More info to come!)

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Color Guard Hands on Clinic & September Meeting

September 18th from 9:30am - 2:00pm

Location: TO BE DETERMINED

WGAZ will be hosting a FREE Weapons Clinic featuring two AMP World Winterguard members. They will be featuring technique skills on rifle and some choreography. Sabre classes will also be offered as well and we hope that you will join us.

9:00am Registration

9:30am Sabre/Rifle Technique

11:30am Snack break (bring some snacks and meet other area performers)

12:00pm Rifle/Sabre Choreography

2:00pm Conclusion

Register here to attend: https://forms.gle/hGJEgXqXhnwtYrMM8

We are so honored to have these two educators with us this fall and want to help the community strengthen their weapon skills and gain some knowledge on a few skills for your upcoming season!!!!

Joshua Marrero has been an active member of the color guard community for 15 years. Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, Joshua began his color guard career in 2007 with AMP Winter Guard. In addition to AMP, his marching career includes Black Watch, Jersey Surf, Hawthorne Caballeros, Blue Knights, and the Santa Clara Vanguard. Joshua has had the pleasure of teaching a variety of programs such as Marple Newtown HS, Bryan HS AMP WG, and Hawthorne Caballeros. Outside of his color guard career Joshua is currently a Police Officer in the state of Delaware.

Jonathan Marrero has been an active member in the colorguard community. Beginning his journey at 8 years old with Amp winter guard and finishing his career this past winter in 2022 with that same program. In addition to Amp his marching career includes Jersey surf, Carolina Crown and The Blue Devils. John has had the pleasure of being an educator at high schools which include Marple Newtown HS, North Penn HS and currently Unionville HS. Outside of colorguard John is a full time student at Rowan University majoring in Psychology with a minor in education and plans to be a school counselor to continue to help educate students!




September Membership Meeting

Advisory: 11:00AM

Membership: 1:00PM

Link for amendment proposal to Bylaws, Policy & Procedure: https://forms.gle/ATNsJAbGc3fYacnZA

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WGAZ Event Bid Form closes on September 1st!

The 2023 Event Bid Form is now open! Please read the form carefully so all questions may be answered properly to ensure your best chances at being awarded an event.

A few reminders about the bidding process:

  • Events are awarded by the WGAZ Event Selection Committee, which includes representatives from Percussion, Colorguard, and Winds from across the state of Arizona.
  • The WGAZ Event Selection Committee makes its choices based on many factors, including feedback from the WGAZ Membership about things including, but not limited to, event location, venue size, and event quality.
  • Bidding on numerous dates gives you a higher chance of being awarded an event, however nothing guarantees you an event.
  • WGAZ is incredibly thankful to everyone who has hosted an event in the past and interested in hosting in the future. Please keep in mind that being an event host in previous years does not guarantee that you will be awarded an event this year.

Attached to this email is a draft of the 2023 Event Host Handbook for you to look at. There are a few updates that have been made, and a few updates that are still pending. Anything that is still pending, I tried to make sure I noted in the handbook. WGAZ included this in order to give prospective event hosts a chance to see what they are bidding on, but please keep in mind that changes to the packet may be made at any point and will be communicated accordingly.

If you are bidding on a Focus or Eval event, there are a few things that are different about those events. The Focus/Eval Event packet is not yet complete for 2023, however if you have any questions, please email [email protected] and I will answer your questions as best as possible.

CLICK HERE to bid!

We are working to get the bid form uploaded onto the WGAZ website as soon as possible. Thank you everyone, WGAZ is looking forward to 2023!

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2022 Amendments to the By-Laws, Policy & Procedures Proposals

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2022 WGAZ Board Nominees

Vice President

Miles Denny

Miles Denny graduated from Arizona State University in 2016, where he received his B.M. in Music Education. During his time there, he Studied under JB Smith, Dr. Mark Sunkett, Simone Mancus, and Roberto Paz. Miles has taught at various ensembles throughout the valley such as Dobson High School, Basha High School, Poston Butte High School, Breakthrough percussion and currently at Vision Percussion With Wardell King. Upon graduation, Miles became the director of bands at Smith Jr. High School and Stevenson Elementary before joining Basha in 2017. In 2020, Miles was awarded the Winter Guard Arizona Percussion Director of the Year award for his continued contributions to the winter guard activity. In addition to his position at Basha, Mr. Denny currently serves as Vice President for Winter Guard Arizona, Member-At-Large for the Arizona Marching Band Association, and is the tenor percussion specialist for Vision Percussion Ensemble. He remains passionate about expanding and enriching the educational experiences for student musicians in Arizona.

Stephen Goodman


My name is Stephen Goodman; I am the director of Convergence Indoor Percussion and in my fourth year as a percussion instructor. I have extensive experience in non-profit organizations, with my current occupation being a Policy and Communications Manager for a national non- profit whose mission is to recruit the next generation of educators from among high school students. Previously, I was the State Adviser Assistant for a non-profit in Arizona that served the high school Career and Technical Education community. I have experience: developing marketing collateral; planning single-day, multi-site conferences; planning multi-day conferences; engaging with and recruiting partners and sponsors; and developing long-term strategic plans for non-profits.

Lydia Page

Lydia Page has been involved in the Arizona color guard community for over 13 years. She has been a student, instructor, and mentor in all levels of our circuit and currently serves as the director of Highland High School and as assistant director of Higley High School and Oasis Winterguard. Lydia also serves as the business manager of Oasis Ensembles.

Beginning in 2017, Lydia began the massive undertaking of establishing Oasis Ensembles as a non-profit performing arts business. With her leadership, the organization has grown to include two high performing winter guard programs, a summer clinic series, and a dance company. Oasis Ensembles now reaches over 100 participants throughout the state of Arizona.

On top of that, Lydia gives back to the circuit by volunteering for various committees and helping the growth of winterguard in Arizona by mentoring new instructors. Lydia is excited to give back to an organization that has given so much to her and cannot wait to help support the administrative goals of WGAZ.


Treasurer

Cari Eng


Cari Eng, originally from Indianapolis Indiana, started out in the marching arts as a clarinet player turned color guard member. She was a member of the band and guard at Franklin Central High School where she had the honor of being a member of the WGI Open Class World Champion team in 2000. After high school, Cari joined the staff with the Franklin Central HS World Guard until she moved to Phoenix in 2003 after graduating from Indiana University with a BS in Computer Science.

In 2003, Cari joined Teach For America and began teaching and coaching here in Arizona. She currently works as a Data Analyst for the Arizona Department of Education. Cari has been actively involved in the WGAZ circuit since 2005. She served as the Mountain Ridge HS Colorguard Director from 2005-2019 where she was responsible for managing both the Regional A JV Guard and the Open Varsity Guard including all of the finances in and out of the program. Cari is now working with the Color Guard programs of Boulder Creek and Desert Vista.

In addition to being a member of the circuit, Cari has served previously on the Executive Board as Secretary for multiple terms before stepping down after the birth of her daughter in 2013. Since stepping away from the Executive Board, Cari has served on multiple committees for WGAZ including the Promotions, Bylaw Revisions, and Show Selection Committees as well as being a member of the Advisory Board each year. Cari is currently finishing her first term as Treasurer where she helped the circuit navigate through the challenging financial situation of the pandemic. Cari is now well versed in Excel, Quickbooks, and filing non-profit taxes. She is eager to continue the role for another term.

Cari believes in the importance of the marching arts and is eager to once again serve the entire community by approaching each decision through the lens of supporting the performer experience because they are why we exist.


Color Guard Liaison

Brandy DuBose-King


Brandy DuBose King is in her fifteenth year as director and choreographer for the Arizona State University Sun Devil Color Guard and winterguard program. Prior to her time here in Arizona Brandy taught the Bobcat Marching Band Color Guard and Millennia Independent Open Winterguard for 11 years. In Texas, she taught the Seguin High School color guard and winterguard for 10 years.

Brandy has served as Caption Head for other organizations such as Tarheel Sun, The Academy and The Blue Knights; as well as a member of the Colorguard staff for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. She marched in the Colorguard at Phantom Regiment as well as a member of the Nouveau (IA), Speakeasy (IA) and Ascension (IW) Winterguard programs. In addition to her involvement with ASU, she is currently the Director of Colorguard at Corona del Sol High School and Designer and Consultant for the ASU SunDevils.

Brandy has served as a board member for the Texas Color Guard Circuit as the Vice President for 4 years, and once in Arizona has served as the V.P. (1) and Colorguard Liaison (8) for the past 9 years. She has developed various opportunities for instructors and students in the colorguard community and has a passion for education and advancement for all. Brandy has served on the Advisory Board for WGI for 5 years and will return again this year after becoming a World Class Finalist for the 6th year with Fenix Independent. With this appointment and dedication to our parent organization this proves to be valuable to the continued growth and knowledge that will help our local community.

Austin Yost


Austin is an Arizona native, growing up in Queen Creek and Gilbert, AZ. He attended Highland High School where he participated in Band, Choir, Orchestra, and of course, Colorguard. After his graduation, Austin marched Drum Corps for five years at The Academy (1) and The Bluecoats (4). He quickly discovered his passion for teaching and has been doing it ever since. Austin currently serves as the Colorguard Director at both Higley High School and Eastmark High School, as the Program Coordinator at Highland High School and does design work for many other schools in the greater Phoenix area. Austin also served as a Colorguard Instructor at the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from 2019-2021. Austin founded Oasis Ensembles in 2016 and has since pushed to expand the program to include multiple nationally competitive winterguard teams, a dance program, and an annual summer clinic series. Austin’s goals have always been rooted in the education and growth of the next generation. He strives to promote young performers and educators and often acts as a mentor to those entering the teaching community. He has extensive experience in business leadership through Oasis, Retail Jobs, and as a Manager of one of Arizona’s top haunted attraction companies. Austin wants to continue down the path paved by those before him in growing Arizona Marching Arts by focusing on offering accessible education to performers, educators, and designers. He wants to strengthen the community’s ties to each other to foster an environment where young educators feel well supported and integrated. Above all, Austin wants to strengthen WGAZ as a whole through open and clear communication to build trust, promote community involvement, and to help all voices be heard more than twice a year.


Percussion/Winds Liaison

Wardell King

Wardell has been involved with percussion education in Arizona for almost thirty years. Over the years he has worked with many high school ensembles as a clinician, consultant, designer and instructor. Knowing the need to inspire young performers, Wardell would often bring in feature artists like Ralph Hardimon for clinics and invite schools to come out and learn. Percussion in the state of Arizona is synonymous with the name Wardell King. He is widely respected by students and colleagues alike. Anyone who sits down to talk shop with Wardell understands the passion that he can ignite in everyone around him. He is driven to push boundaries and challenge those around him to keep up with him, and can be credited with much of the continuous growth of the percussion community in the state of Arizona. Recently Wardell has founded Vision Indoor Percussion which has seen immediate success, mirroring Wardell himself, the program has quickly grown and thrived. Wardell is currently on the WGAZ board, where he has served the WGAZ community several times over the last ten years. As an educator, Wardell brings a passion for percussion to all the students he works with. He challenges all of his students at all levels, and from all walks of life to be the best they can be. His approach to education holds his students to a high standard. His belief in his own students' success inspires them to be able to believe in themselves. Many of his former students are currently involved in the activity as instructors and continue to bring this philosophy to the next generation of students. Wardell has had a huge impact on the success of percussion and education in Arizona and in WGAZ.

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Congratulations to our 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees!

The WGAZ Hall of Fame was formed to recognize and honor individual(s) that have had a positive impact on education and unit growth/awareness and have raised the level of creative and artistic standards of the winter color guard, percussion and winds activity in Arizona.

Our Inductees

Thien Quoc Pham

Thien grew up in Arizona participating with the Gilbert High School band and percussion programs. After high school he continued performing at ASU, ASU Indoor, and RCC. Thien gave back to Arizona and our youth by instructing at several high schools including Casa Grande, Basha, and Williams Field. Thien quickly became someone that you expected to see at any event. If there was something that needed to be done, he was the first person to step up and volunteer. His helpful and enthusiastic demeanor is what led Thien to join the WGAZ Board. Since joining the board in 2012 Thien has held multiple board positions, but more importantly, he has helped every single other board member through his time make sure they feel supported and are able to complete their job successfully. Thien has truly gone above and beyond for WGAZ, and throughout this time has always put the student experience first. As President, Thien has been an integral part of the success, growth, and newfound stability of WGAZ. His continuing support, dedication and ambition for WGAZ is going to push the circuit to new heights. Thien is truly worthy of having the honor of being the youngest person ever to be inducted into the WGAZ Hall of Fame.


Peter Gomez

Peter Gomez has been a member of the color guard community in Arizona for decades. He played a major role in the start and development of many color guard programs in the state, including the Academy Drum Corps Color Guard, Academy Winter Guard, and Academy Youth Guard. Peter served as the color guard caption head from 2004 to 2007 for the Academy Drum Corps as well as the Academy Independent Winter Guard which had the honor of being the first guard from Arizona to ever appear at WGI World Championship Finals. In just 4 short years with The Academy, Peter’s influence was spread throughout the circuit. He inspired a long lasting love for color guard into his students, and many of them are still involved with WGAZ to this day. Peter also served as a caption head, visual designer, and choreographer for Corona del Sol High School from 2005-2007 and held the same positions at Desert Vista High School from 2000-2009. His work both at the high school and independent level changed the trajectory of WGAZ, and was an integral part of bringing Arizona Color Guard into the modern world. Peter’s passion for his work was nothing short of inspiring. Those who have had the honor of learning from and working with Peter said:

“He was not only an incredible designer and choreographer, but he was also an amazing teacher. Peter was pivotal in the success of the programs he worked with and the further success of his students.”

“ Peter is truly one of the most knowledgeable, dependable, talented, and motivating individuals in this industry. He has significantly impacted the performing arts landscape across the nation and continues to be a champion for the growth of the activity here in Arizona.”


Wardell King

Wardell has been involved with percussion education in Arizona for almost thirty years. Over the years he has worked with many high school ensembles as a clinician, consultant, designer and instructor. Knowing the need to inspire young performers, Wardell would often bring in feature artists like Ralph Hardimon for clinics and invite schools to come out and learn. Percussion in the state of Arizona is synonymous with the name Wardell King. He is widely respected by students and colleagues alike. Anyone who sits down to talk shop with Wardell understands the passion that he can ignite in everyone around him. He is driven to push boundaries and challenge those around him to keep up with him, and can be credited with much of the continuous growth of the percussion community in the state of Arizona. Recently Wardell has founded Vision Indoor Percussion which has seen immediate success, mirroring Wardell himself, the program has quickly grown and thrived. Wardell is currently on the WGAZ board, where he has served the WGAZ community several times over the last ten years. As an educator, Wardell brings a passion for percussion to all the students he works with. He challenges all of his students at all levels, and from all walks of life to be the best they can be. His approach to education holds his students to a high standard. His belief in his own students' success inspires them to be able to believe in themselves. Many of his former students are currently involved in the activity as instructors and continue to bring this philosophy to the next generation of students. Wardell has had a huge impact on the success of percussion and education in Arizona and in WGAZ.


Brandy Dubose-King

Brandy Dubose-King has been an active contributor to the color guard community here in Arizona for over 15 years. Brandy has been a designer, instructor, board member, clinician, and consultant for programs at all levels from elementary color guards to drum corps to the flagship of our winter guard circuit, Fenix Independent World Guard. Brandy is always ready to jump in and support any program in any way and has truly been a blessing to our circuit. Brandy currently serves as the director of the Arizona State University Color Guard, director of Corona del Sol High School Color Guard, and the director of Fenix Independent World and A guards.

If all of that isn’t enough, she also serves and has served on the WGAZ board for many years putting in countless hours every season behind the scenes to ensure every performer has the most positive experience they can. As the Color Guard Liaison for WGAZ, Brandy has truly gone above and beyond in her duties to the organization. She works hard to host student and staff clinics each year to continue the education of not only the students, but the instructors as well. She has served on countless committees, worked hard to not only organize, but to host championships for several years, and is always looking for the next thing to better the color guard community in Arizona.

Her web of impact is massive with hundreds of performers and staff members that she has taught and mentored going on to direct their own groups and spread her contagious inspiration to the next generation. Brandy’s school of thought when in front of her team is to always be “teaching teachers”. She educates her students with the philosophy that they can take the information and relay it to their students one day. It is difficult to look around the instructor pool of WGAZ and find someone that Brandy has not impacted and taught in some way. WGAZ would truly not be where it is today without the impact of Brandy DuBose King.

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2022 Scholarship Winners!

WGAZ is proud to offer scholarships ever year. These scholarships go to students attending an institution of higher education who also exhibit passion for the sport of the arts as well as commitment and dedication to whatever they pursue. Applicants are asked to submit an application, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, a video and an essay detailing the impact WGAZ has had on their personal lives as well as explaining their potential use and or need for the scholarship.

The WGAZ scholarship committee reviewed a number of very strong applicants for this year’s scholarship program. It was very rewarding and exciting to read through their essays. WGAZ is truly lucky to have such talented and intelligent members as a part of its organization and every one of these students is a great asset to this activity.

This year, a total of $4500.00 will be given to individuals who received the highest scores from the Scholarship Committee.

Our scholars:

Catherine Iben from Corona del Sol Percussion Ensemble

Catherine is a senior at Corona del Sol H.S. She has been a member of the Corona del Sol Percussion Ensemble for 4 years. Throughout HS she has participated in the Environmental Awareness Club, and the Tempe Sister Cities Exchange Program. She has been the president of the Political Debate club and also the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. She was Homecoming Queen this year. She plans to attend Arizona State University and double major at Barrett, the Honors College in Political Science and the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership. Congratulations, Catherine! We wish you all the best!


Krysten Simmons from Casa Grande Indoor Percussion Ensemble

Krysten is a senior at Casa Grande HS. Krysten has been part of the Casa Grande Indoor Percussion for 4 years. She has taken advanced placement and honors classes throughout HS and has also taken several college courses at Central Arizona College as a HS student. She plans to attend Arizona State University Honors College and major in Project Management with a minor in environmental design. She hopes to someday work for one of the biggest environmental design companies in the world GENSLER.


Rianna Miller from Fenix Independent World

Rianna is a sophomore in college at Arizona State University. She is a member of Fenix Independent World. Although she puts many hours into practicing with this group, she also finds time to teach at Corona del Sol. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice. After she graduates from college, she plans to have a job in behavioral analysis for the FBI. This summer will be her second one marching with the Boston Crusaders Drum Corp. Congratulations, Rianna! We wish you all the best!


Brelyn Fidler from ASU Prep

Brelyn is a senior at ASU Prep. Brelyn has been in the ASU Prep colorguard since 1st grade for a total of 12 years. She is a member of NHS and has a love for music and plays the guitar. After she graduates from college, she plans to attend Arizona State University and work towards either a doctorate in Forensic Psychology or Veterinary Medicine. She plans to continue with color guard and hopes to march with the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band and Fenix Independent. Congratulations Brelyn! We wish you all the best!


Jessica Li from Basha Winterguard

Jessica is a senior at Basha H.S. She has been part of the colorguard for 4 years. Jessica has participated in many activities in HS. She is the president of both the Band Council and the Asian Cultural Ethics Club and is a member of NHS. She is a youth Equity Ambassador for the district and is a member of the first ever Asian American Native Steering committee. She has also participated as an intern for several years in Science is Fun. After high school, Jessica wants to continue learning more about the brain functions when children grow up learning two languages and how that can affect intellect when it comes to leaning more languages. Congratulations Jessica! We wish you all the best!


Emmerson Bainter from ASU Prep

Emmerson is a senior at ASU Prep. She has participated in the ASU color guard for 9 years. She is a member of the Key Club and is the student body historian for Student Government. She is in charge of documenting the various events and memories for our school. She supports the marketing for our Student Council. After high school she plans to attend Northern Arizona University and major in Chemistry to work towards becoming a cosmetic chemist. Congratulations Emmerson! We wish you all the best!


Thank you to all of the members who applied, and to all of the instructors and staff who encourage and inspire their students each and every day! Congratulations to all of our winners!

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Congratulations to our Directors of the Year and Volunteer of the Year!

WGAZ is excited to announce the winner of its Director of The Year Award and Volunteer of the Year Award! We asked our community, including staff, parents and students to nominate current WGAZ directors and volunteer who made an impact on their lives, inspired growth within their students, and goes above and beyond their duties as a program director.


Kyle Edwards - Color Guard Director of the Year

Kyle Edwards is the director of the color guard programs at Combs High School where winter guard had not existed for over 5 years. Kyle took the initiative to not only recruit, teach, and design for their first season in years, but he also worked with his students on an outreach program to find funding and quality staff for the program. In addition to being the director of the program at Combs, Kyle is also the co-director at Mountain View HS, and on staff for FeniX Independent A and FeniX Independent World. Kyle is the type of person that doesn’t just get it done, but he finds a way to always be teaching his students in the process and involves them in each step. In just the first two seasons of establishing the winter guard at Combs, he has grown the program by 50%. Kyle is described by his band director as an “indispensable asset to Combs” and that certainly shines through in his programs and performers. He is truly one of the most passionate and hard-working individuals you will ever meet, and his first priority is always his students’ experience. Kyle received student testimonials from all 4 color guards that he is working this winter, here are some of the things his students had to say.

“Kyle’s information is always so helpful, and I often pass it down to my own students. I can always count on him to help me fix my tosses or get a better understanding on how to move forward.”

“Working with Kyle has been one of the highlights of my high school career.”

“Kyle being my instructor throughout high school has made my experience at Combs so great. He gave me a space to come to where I could bond with my friends and have a creative and active outlet. He passed his perseverance and his attitude of “try and you will succeed” that inspired me to not only do well in guard but in the rest of my schoolwork as-well”

“I’ve truly never had a staff member who cares so much about his students and is so motivated to help students”

“Kyle has a very deep and true understanding of Color Guard and has the incredible ability to share his knowledge and advice to any level of performer in a way they can personally understand. Further, Kyle is widely respected among his students for his friendly and hard-working demeanor, always showing up to every rehearsal willing to give his best effort no matter how exhausted he may be. I truly have never seen an educator so passionately committed to teaching and developing their students”

Kyle Edwards passion and dedication to his students is what makes him the 2022 WGAZ Colorguard Director of the Year.


Michael Hancock-Percussion/Winds Director of the Year

Michael Hancock has been a dedicated supporter of the marching arts in Arizona for over a decade. In his 17 years as a director Michael has helped lead jr. high indoor groups at multiple schools to success. For 7 year now, Mr. Hancock has been an admired and valuable member of the San Tan teaching staff, teaching all levels of band, drumline, and guitar. Michael excels in establishing and maintaining a positive learning environment and is widely respected and liked by the students, staff, faculty and parents and San Tan Junior High. In the short two years that Michael has with students, he challenges his students to be the best they can be. He inspires them to take their love of music and performance with them to high school, and his biggest priority is always the student experience. Mr. Hancock provides his students with many opportunities inside and outside of the classroom to learn and grow, and is always willing to put in the extra time to give his students another chance to perform. This is what makes Michael Hancock the 2022 WGAZ Percussion Director of the Year.

Chris Panneton - Volunteer of the Year


Dubbed lovingly as “Band Dad” by the students at Verrado High School, Chris goes above and beyond for his group ALL OF THE TIME! Chris drives the equipment truck, leads the parents group through major fundraiser projects, and currently serves as the President of the Booster Program. As the President, Chris was able to update the financial system and his professionalism has rallied parents to join the Booster program, Chris is truly responsible for the growth and organization of the Verrado Band Boosters. Hosting a WGI Regional and WGAZ Championships is no small task for any booster program. Chris was able to handle these tasks with grace. His knowledge, communication, and commitment is the reason the WGI regional at Verrado High School was successful, and why Championships this weekend will be the same. Chris is always willing to jump in and help, and is always willing to adapt and problem solve when things go wrong. Band Director, Tracy Meldrum says “Anything he touches pretty much turns to gold. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this “jack of all trades.” Chris is truly deserving of being the 2022 WGAZ Volunteer of the Year.

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50/50 Raffle for Championships!

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Nomination for Director and Volunteer of the Year Now Open!

Each year, WGAZ honors a Colorguard Director of the year, a Percussion/Winds Director of the year, and a Volunteer of the Year. These individuals are outstanding members of the community who have made an impact on the lives of their students and those around them. Their dedication to the activity, their unit, and their students go above and beyond. To show their impact, the nomination must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation, and at least two student testimonials.


Nominations close March 13, 2022 at 11:59PM Arizona Time

Click here to nominate a Director!

Click here to nominate a Volunteer!

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2022 Scholarship Application

WGAZ is looking for scholarship applicants for the 2022 season! We encourage all current seniors and college students to submit their applications. New for this year will be an added 45-60 second video showcasing applicants talents. For more information please contact Amy Kochis.

**NOTICE**

This application process requires the applicants to sign in with a valid G-Mail account.

Each applicant must provide the following in PDF Format: Two Letters of recommendation from individuals other than the group director. High School and/or College Transcript. SAT/ACT scores are optional.

PLEASE HAVE THESE ITEMS READY BEFORE COMPLETING THE FORM AS THEY WILL NEED TO BE ATTACHED AT TIME OF COMPLETION.

The 2022 Scholarship Application is now available. Applications are due March 13th, 2022.

Apply Here

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Continuing Ticket Policy with GoFan

Continuing this year, WGAZ is pleased to announce that we will be continuing to using GoFan for mobile ticketing for our events. Fans can purchase tickets online through the WGAZ GoFan page.

The continuing ticketing policy allows WGAZ to operate a more efficient and professional ticket gate while creating a safer and enhanced fan experience. Buying tickets online allows fans to access and share tickets easily by email or text without standing in line. Digital ticketing will also help promote social distancing while limiting person-to-person contact and the physical exchange of cash.

Fans are encouraged to buy tickets online prior to reaching the facility. For your convenience, signage will be set up at the venue to help fans navigate an online purchase quickly and easily.

To purchase event tickets, please visit https://gofan.co/app/school/AZ86318.

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Hall of Fame and Recognition of Service Nominations are up!

The WGAZ Hall of Fame was formed to recognize and honor individual(s) that have had a positive impact on education and unit growth/awareness and have raised the level of creative and artistic standards of the winter color guard, percussion and winds activity in Arizona.

This nomination requires TWO letters of recommendation and may be made by any unit band director/delegate/staff, executive board member, advisory board member, WGAZ administrative staff, Hall of Fame member or adjudicator who is NOT currently serving on the HOF review committee.

Click here to nominate someone for The Hall of Fame!


The WGAZ Recognition of Service Award was created to recognize and honor individual(s) for their dedication and commitment to the Winter Performing Arts and for their service and significant contributions to the success of the Winter Guard Arizona organization.

This nomination requires TWO letters of recommendation and may be made by any unit band director/delegate/staff, executive board member, advisory board member, WGAZ administrative staff, Hall of Fame member or adjudicator who is NOT currently serving on the HOF review committee.

Click here to nominate someone for their Recognition of Service!

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December Education Clinic!

We will be hosting our Judges Clinic on December 4th at Canyon View HS!

  • Color Guard Education Clinic - 9AM-5PM
  • Percussion/Winds Education Clinic - 10AM - 4PM
  • Contest Administrator and Time & Penalty Training - 2PM - 4PM

Meals will be on your own.

The Judges Clinic will be open to all members and encouraged. For the 2022 season we are offering those who attend our educational clinic their own badge for the 2022 season. These badges will not count against the badges you'll receive for your group.


Clinician Bios

Julie Davila (Percussion)

Julie Davila is renowned percussionist, performer, music educator and clinician specializing in concert and marching percussion. She was inducted in to the WGI Percussion Hall of Fame in 2014, in recognition of over 20 years contributing to the marching arts activity as a leader, teacher, designer and adjudicator. Julie is a member of the chamber percussion ensemble the CAIXA TRIO, winner of a 2011 “Drummie” award by Drum Magazine.

In addition to her membership in the CAIXA TRIO, she currently serves as the 2nd Vice President on the Executive Committee for the Percussive Arts Society. She is the arranger and instructor for the Middle Tennessee State University Band of Blue Drumline, and additionally an adjunct professor of percussion at MTSU. Prior to her work at MTSU, she was the percussion specialist at several high schools in Nashville, Tennessee. Many of her groups have medaled in all divisions of the WGI activity and the John Overton High School Indoor drum line, under her direction won a National Championship.

Julie is a member of the WGI and DCI nationally recognized adjudication teams. As an active clinician specializing in contemporary and marching percussion, she has performed in Poland, China, Peru, Seoul, South Korea, Paris, France, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Brazil and extensively throughout the United States. Julie is a proud alumni of the University of North Texas. She has published numerous marching and concert percussion ensembles and solos and is the author of the “Modern Multi-Tenor Techniques and Solos”, “Impressions on Wood” and “Inspirations 4 Mallets” and is a co-author of “Aptitude” an innovative solo snare book.

Julie is an endorser and clinician for Pearl/Adams, Innovative Percussion, the Avedis Zildjian Company, Grover Pro Percussion and Evans Drum Heads.

Ron Hardin (Percussion)

His visual designs have appeared in several BOA regional finals, won numerous state championships, circuit contests and have won three WGI Percussion Gold Medals.

Ron is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the world, having done many clinics throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Since 1999, Ron has served as a visual judge for Winter Guard International, annually adjudicating for many circuits, regionals and world championships.

Ron has performed judging clinics for NMEA, NSBA, WGI, numerous indoor percussion circuits and the Judging Association of Mid America. Ron has produced several instructional videos, and has appeared in WGI's "Meet the Judge" and “Top Secrets” series. He has also recorded several podcasts with Marching Roundtable. Ron has led instructional sessions in Tokyo, Japan and in the Netherlands.

As an instructor, Ron has led visual teams earning six DCI World Championships and ten High Visual Awards, most recently including the 2012, 2013 & 2016 John Brazale Best Visual Award, and the 2013 & 2015 Steve Brubaker Best General Effect Award.

Ron's experience in the drum corps activity is extensive, spanning over twenty years. As a performer, he spent the 1991 and 1992 seasons with the Star of Indiana. Upon the completion of his performing career, Ron joined the Blue Devils as a member of their visual staff. After eight seasons, he then spent five years as the Visual Caption Head of the Santa Clara Vanguard, and four years as Visual Caption Head of the Canton Bluecoats before his last stop as Visual Caption Head of the World Champion Carolina Crown, where he led the caption from 2012 to 2018.

In addition to instructing, Ron has designed visual programs for several drum corps, and mentored staff at many others. Ron has served as an instructor representative on the DCI Instructors' Task Force, Rules & Systems Task Force, the DCI Medical Project Advisory Board and WGI Percussion Advisory Board.

Before his career with Stanbury, Ron Hardin served as the director of Bands at Papillion - La Vista South High School. Ron took this position in 2014, and quickly led the program to national level recognition over two years. Prior to that appointment, Ron was the director of Bands at Bellevue East High School for 14 years, and led the Chieftains to many successful performances in all areas, including Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Bands, Indoor and Concert Percussion, Chamber Ensembles and Indoor Color Guard. Under his watch, the band programs have performed in ten different states. Ron spent the first six years of his career as the Director of Bands at Clayton Valley High School in Concord, CA.

Ron also has extensive history as a professional music educator and performer. He was the founder and past conductor of the Diablo Wind Symphony, and the Principal Conductor of the Omaha Symphonic Winds. In addition, he was the recipient of the Jack R. Snyder Young Band Director Award.


Courtney Allyson Mills (Color Guard)

Courtney Allyson Mills (she/her/hers) has over 25 years of dance education, freelance choreography and teaching experience in several facets of the performing arts. A graduate of Seminole High School in Seminole, Florida, Ms. Mills holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Texas Woman’s University nd a Master of Arts in Performance Psychology from National University. She also holds a specialization in Teaching Social-Emotional Learning from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Courtney is the Modern/Contemporary Dance teacher at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts in Arlington, Texas. Her responsibilities include the creation of the modern/contemporary dance program, as well as forming two dance companies that serve all six high schools in the district; The Contemporary Company: Arlington ISD and Company E. Previously, Ms. Mills was the dance and yoga teacher at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, CO as well as the Director of the Smoky Hill Dance Collective. She also served as the Director of Dance at Bowie High School in Austin, Texas, where she taught the Silver Stars Drill Team and a myriad of other dance classes.

A Carolina Crown alumni, Courtney is proud to currently be on the visual team of the Phantom Regiment. This is her fifth consecutive year with Regiment and ninth overall. Courtney attributes her growth into the human she is today to her years marching and teaching drum corps and winter guard.

Ms. Mills is an active clinician, adjudicator, and choreographer. Additionally she frequently provides lectures, webinars, and presentations to a variety of organizations, most recently the National Congress for USA Gymnastics. A seasoned explorer, Courtney loves the mountains, hiking, and nature, as well as anything sports-related. When at home she is the caretaker of numerous (entirely too many) plants, Olive (her bulldog) and Betty (her tortie cat).

Bryan Scheidecker (Contest Administrator & Time&Penalty)

Bryan Scheidecker First got involved with music playing the saxophone in 4th grade at Jellick Elementary in Rowland Heights, CA on a big blue hollowed out school bus called the “Note Boat”. Little did he know that by walking onto that bus, his life would be changed forever.

Since 1999, Bryan has instructed at various schools and Drum Corps in Southern California and the Boston area in Massachusetts. In addition to instructing, Bryan is also a T&P adjudicator for the Southern California Percussion Alliance (SCPA), Winter Guard Arizona (WGAZ), and Winter Guard International (WGI) indoor percussion circuits, as well as serving as a Contest Director for SCPA and WGAZ. Bryan was formerly the Assistant Director of Education for the Vic Firth Company and is currently the team lead for the Customer Service department at Fender Musical Instrument. Bryan also serves as co-chair for the Black Employee Resource Group helping grow diversity and inclusion at Fender.

As a performer, Bryan spent his four years at Ruben S. Ayala High School heavily involved in the instrumental music department, three of them in leadership roles. As an adult, he has played with artists such as Steve Wilkerson, Jeff Hamilton, the Jazz on the Latin Side All-stars, Poncho Sanchez, and as a soloist for Grammy Award winner Celine Dion.

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2022 Registrations Opens Tomorrow!

WGAZ is excited about the start of the 2022 season!

WGAZ uses the CompetitionSuite system for communication, tabulation, and commentary. It is free to sign up and is required for membership. Please follow these directions to register as a member of WGAZ.

  1. If you do not have an account, please create an account here: https://competitionsuite.com/signup/
  2. Click here to start your unit registration.
  3. If you have multiple units you are able to register all of them at once.
  4. If you have any questions, please email to [email protected]

(Be sure to provide your phone number to ensure you can access your commentary from your phone!)


WGAZ Fee Structure

Full WGAZ Membership ($900.00) includes:

  • Up to 5 WGAZ Sanctioned Events plus Evaluation Show (Eval show equals 6 shows total)
  • $125.00 Entry Fee for each WGAZ sanctioned IN-person event after 5
  • WGAZ Championship Entry
  • $25.00 Solo & $35.00 Small Group entry fee for each Solo & Small Group
  • Voting Privileges at General Membership Meetings
  • Online Access to WGI Adjudication Manual
  • All WGAZ Mailings, Email Blasts, Competition Suite resources

General WGAZ Membership ($200.00) includes:

  • $150.00 Entry Fee to each WGAZ sanctioned event (same cost for Evaluation Show)
  • $100.00 Entry Fee to each WGAZ Virtual Event
  • $300.00 Entry Fee to WGAZ Circuit Championships
  • $25.00 Solo & $35.00 Small Group entry fee for each Solo & Small Group
  • Voting Privileges at General Membership Meetings
  • Online Access to WGI Adjudication Manual
  • All WGAZ Mailings, Email Blasts, Competition Suite resources

Junior WGAZ Membership ($100.00) applies to Prep, Elementary, and Junior High/Middle School classes ONLY and includes:

  • $85.00 Entry Fee to each WGAZ sanctioned event (same cost for Evaluation Show)
  • $175.00 Entry Fee to WGAZ Circuit Championships
  • $25.00 Solo & $35.00 Small Group entry fee for each Solo & Small Group
  • Voting Privileges at General Membership Meetings
  • Online Access to WGI Adjudication Manual
  • All WGAZ Mailings, Email Blasts, Competition Suite resources

Registration will be online through Competition Suite beginning October 1st. Members must be registered by close of business **November 30th ** to avoid a late fee of $100.00, per unit.

Exhibition Units during Season Events – $75.00 - No refund for cancelation

Exhibition Units during Championships - $175.00 - No refund for cancelation

Plus Pass, each unit will be able to purchase additional passes for each regular season event, plus pass will include 7 additional passes for $42.00 per event selected. This is optional and not required. Championship Plus Pass will be made available once venue is set for both Championships. If interested please email [email protected]

****No refunds will be made after the 1st Evaluation Show of the Season****

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The Event Partner Bid form for the upcoming 2022 season is OPEN!

A few changes this year:

The deposit for the event bid is now $300 for the 2022 season. This change was made to include floor tape that was previously purchased by individual event hosts. 8 rolls of floor tape are now included in the event deposit, and you will not be required to purchase tape after the fact, unless you require more than 8 rolls.

***WGAZ Clinic dates are now listed on the Event Partner Bid Form. When bidding for a CLINIC DATE ONLY, the fee does not apply***

When selecting events for 2022, the committee will be considering requests made from the WGAZ membership to enhance the performer and event experience. This can include things like bleacher height, gym size, and indoor warm up facilities (color guard only).

If you have any questions about hosting an event, please email Event Host Coordinator Mellanie Risch.

CLICK HERE to access the 2022 Bid Form!

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Nominees for the 2021 Executive Board Elections

The following nominees have accepted their board nominations, bios will be uploaded soon.

President - Thien Pham

Event Host Coordinator - Mellanie Risch

Color Guard Judges Coordinator - Scott Montoya

Secretary

(In submission order)

Tom Cervenka

Thomas Cervenka, a native of Tucson, is the director of Sahuarita Indoor Percussion and has been an educator in the marching arts for the last 10 years. He has worked as both a percussion instructor and Assistant Director for the Sahuarita High School Marching Band since 2012. After directing the Indoor Percussion program at Sabino High School during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Mr. Cervenka established the Sahuarita Indoor Percussion program in 2019 and formed Sahuarita Indoor Percussion Cadets as part of the 21st Century after school program at Sahuarita Middle School and Wrightson Ridge School. As an active drill writer, designer, and clinician for numerous marching and indoor programs across the state of Arizona, Mr. Cervenka’s impact has gone beyond the students he works with on a regular basis.

A lifelong musician, Mr. Cervenka began as a saxophone player in the Sahuarita music program. He continued his involvement with music at San Diego State University where he marched as part of the color guard before returning to Tucson. He is currently a saxophonist in the Green Valley Concert Band and gives private lessons in his spare time.

Mr. Cervenka’s dedication to his craft stems from his passion for creatively taking a small idea and developing it into a large artistic production. Through his programs, his hope is that students will learn valuable skills that will benefit them both in school and beyond. Mr. Cervenka has also been a valuable asset to his programs through grant-writing, coordinating local sponsorships, fundraising, and event-host for various fall and winter marching events.

During this past year, Mr. Cervenka worked tirelessly to provide his students with a worthwhile musical experience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. For his dedication and passion, he was awarded 2021 Percussion Director of the Year by WGAZ.

In addition to his commitment to WGAZ and the marching arts, Tom enjoys dining out, reality television, office supplies, and spending time with his partner (and their two ornery cats).


Juan Olivaros

Juan Jose Oliveros Saldana is an alumni of Arizona State University where he received his BFA in Studio Arts with a focus in Painting. Juan started his career in the marching arts in 2013 as a member of Breakthrough Indoor Percussion’s Front Ensemble. He performed as a mallet player for Breakthrough Indoor Percussion from 2013 through 2017, as well as for the Sun Devil Marching Band from 2013 through 2016, becoming section leader for both ensembles.

During his time as a performer, Juan also began his career as a music educator in 2015. Coming up on his 7th year of teaching, he is proudly the front ensemble coordinator at Basha High School (since 2019) and a front ensemble instructor for Flux Indoor Percussion (since 2019).

Through his years as a musician, educator, artist, and designer, Juan has developed a strong sense of communication skills that allow him to effectively present his ideas to his peers. He has also developed strong organizational skills, and is a strong problem solver for those around him.

Having been under WGAZ and WGI as both a teacher and performer, Juan plans to use his experience, resources, and viewpoint from both a scholastic and independent perspective to make a positive change and lasting impact for others involved in the marching arts in Arizona.

Percussion/Winds Judges Coordinator Nominees

(In submission order)

Bryan Scheidecker


Bryan Scheidecker First got involved with music playing the saxophone in 4th grade at Jellick Elementary in Rowland Heights, CA on a big blue hollowed out school bus called the “Note Boat”. Little did he know that by walking onto that bus, his life would be changed forever.

Since 1999, Bryan has instructed at various schools and Drum Corps in Southern California and the Boston area in Massachusetts. In addition to instructing, Bryan is also a T&P adjudicator for the Southern California Percussion Alliance (SCPA), Winter Guard Arizona (WGAZ), and Winter Guard International (WGI) indoor percussion circuits, as well as serving as a Contest Director for SCPA and WGAZ. Bryan was formerly the Assistant Director of Education for the Vic Firth Company and is currently the team lead for the Customer Service department at Fender Musical Instrument. Bryan also serves as co-chair for the Black Employee Resource Group helping grow diversity and inclusion at Fender.

As a performer, Bryan spent his four years at Ruben S. Ayala High School heavily involved in the instrumental music department, three of them in leadership roles. As and adult, he has played with artists such as Steve Wilkerson, Jeff Hamilton, the Jazz on the Latin Side All-stars, Poncho Sanchez, and as a soloist for Grammy Award winner Celine Dion.

Zach Whittier

Zack Whittier has been involved in percussion and the marching arts since he was 14 years old as a freshman at Mountain View High School in Marana, AZ. While in school he was heavily involved in various musical idioms, including marching band, concert band, orchestra, choir, a capella, and performed both on stage and in the pit for musicals. Later, once at the University of Arizona, Zack performed in the Pride of Arizona drumline, was an active member of Tau Beta Sigma, and was a founding member of Amplified A Capella.

Zack started teaching at many schools across the state of Arizona in 2009. He founded long- lasting indoor performing ensembles, including the Canyon del Oro Indoor Percussion Ensemble and Mountain View High School Indoor Percussion in Tucson. Since then, he has taught, written, and designed for Mountain View HS (Tucson), Canyon del Oro HS, and Breakthrough Indoor Percussion. He continues to teach, write, and design for Mountain Pointe HS, Moon Valley HS, and Sandra Day O’Connor HS.

Concurrently with teaching, Zack performed with various high level competitive ensembles. He performed with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010-2012, from which he aged out as a front ensemble section leader and center marimba. During the winters, he performed with Fusion Percussion in Tucson, AZ in 2011 and 2012, then aged out with Pulse Percussion in 2013.

While at Northern Arizona University (NAU), Zack was an active member of the percussion studio. He performed as a member and soloist with the NAU Panorama Steel Band, was a member of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, traveled as a member of the NAU Wind Symphony to perform at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) convention, and traveled as a member of the NAU Symphony Orchestra to perform at the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) convention. During his time at the university Zack served as the President of NAU’s Phi Mu Alpha chapter and Vice President of the NAU Percussion Society, where he was in charge of outreach and coordinating visiting guest artists, clinics and clinicians, and artists-in-residency for the NAU percussion studio and School of Music. Throughout his studies and pedagogical endeavors, Zack has studied extensively with Homero Ceron, Dr. Steven Hemphill, Dr. Andrea Venet, Bryan Cooperrider, Glen Crosby, Sean Gordon, and Ian Grom.


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2021 Recognition Awards!

WGAZ Recognition Awards are created to recognize outstanding contributions to Winter Guard, Winter Drumline, and Winter Winds in Arizona.

Click here to view our winners!

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To our 2021 Scholarships winners!

To our 2021 Scholarships winners!

WGAZ is proud to offer scholarships every year. These scholarships go to students attending an institution of higher education who also exhibit passion for the sport of the arts as well as commitment and dedication to whatever they pursue. Applicants are asked to submit an application, two letters of recommendation, transcripts and an essay detailing the impact WGAZ has had on their personal lives as well as explaining their potential use and or need for the scholarship.

The WGAZ scholarship committee reviewed a number of very strong applicants for this year’s scholarship program. It was very rewarding and exciting to read through their essays. WGAZ is truly lucky to have such talented and intelligent members as a part of its organization and every one of these students is a great asset to this activity.

This year, a total of $3000.00 will be given to individuals who received the highest scores from the Scholarship Committee.

Click here to see our scholarship winners!

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WGAZ May Membership Meeting

Good Afternoon,

As we wrap up our 2021 Season, WGAZ would like to say congratulations! This past season was filled with some learning opportunities for everyone, some extraordinary shows, even with the sudden end to our season in 2020, we hope that this season proved to be a great experience for you and your performers.

As we reflect on 2021, and look forward to the 2022 season, WGAZ would like to invite you to the 2021 May membership meeting on May 2nd. We will be providing an In Person meeting option as well as a Virtual meeting option. If you choose to attend the in person meeting, Masks will be REQUIRED by all at all times. Be on the lookout for the invitation link to attend the virtual meeting in a future email.

Included at this meeting will be WGAZ Board Elections, as well as 2021 Amendments to the By-Laws, Policy & Procedures Proposals. Nominations will be open from now until April 24th.

WGAZ Board Positions up for Election include:

President, Secretary, Event Host Coordinator, Colorguard Judges Coordinator, Percussion Judges Coordination.

Job Descriptions for this position will be attached at the bottom of this email.

CLICK HERE To Nominate!

Nominations will be open until April 24th.

Reminder: Article IV Section 1 of WGAZ By-Laws

UNIT – Any color guard, percussion or winds ensemble is eligible for membership as a performing Unit in this Corporation. The Band Director or the Head Certified Employee that is the sponsor for the scholastic unit or Executive Director of Independent organizations will appoint one delegate per unit to vote in the election of the WGAZ Executive Board.

2021 Amendments to the By-Laws, Policy & Procedures Proposal

CLICK HERE To propose an amendment to the By-Laws or Policy & Procedures

This form will be open until April 24th.

Reminder: Article IV Section 1 of WGAZ By-Laws

ADVISORY BOARD - The Advisory Board will consist of the WGAZ Executive Board and the Advisory Committee delegates from the previous year’s medalists of each class or class division in Percussion/Winds and Color Guard. The Advisory Board votes on Bylaws and Policy and Procedure changes and advises the Executive Board on WGAZ matters. They shall have one vote each.

WGAZ Membership Meeting May 2, 2021

In Person and Virtual Option


*MASKS REQUIRED FOR IN PERSON MEETING*

11:00 AM Check in – Reception

11:30 AM Welcome! Introductions and Procedure

Advisory Board members must represent, with loyalty, the interests of WGAZ while participating in meetings and in their decision-making within the organization. This accountability supersedes any conflicting loyalty such as that to individual units.

11:45 AM Division Reports

- Treasurer’s Report and Recap – Cari Eng

- Judge’s Coordinators – Scott Montoya and Vi Tran Le

- Percussion/Winds Liaison – Peter Wood

- Color Guard Liaison – Brandy DuBose

12:00 PM Transition to advisory breakout rooms

12:15 PM Advisory Board separated

▪ Roll Call

12:25 PM Season recap

1:00 PM Proposals (Discuss and voting by category)

2:00 PM Return to General Meeting Room

2:15 PM Proposals for General Membership

Elections

▪ President, Secretary, Event Host Coordinator, Percussion/Winds Judge’s

Coordinator and Colorguard Judge’s Coordinator

2:45 PM Conclusion

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2021 Scholarship Application Now Open!

WGAZ is looking for scholarship applicants for the 2021 season! We encourage all current seniors and college students to submit their applications. New for this year will be an added 45-60 second video showcasing applicants talents. For more information please contact Amy Kochis.

**NOTICE**

This application process requires the applicants to sign in with a valid G-Mail account.

Each applicant must provide the following in PDF Format: Two Letters of recommendation from individuals other than the group director. High School and/or College Transcript. SAT/ACT scores are optional.

PLEASE HAVE THESE ITEMS READY BEFORE COMPLETING THE FORM AS THEY WILL NEED TO BE ATTACHED AT TIME OF COMPLETION.

The 2021 Scholarship Application is now available. Applications are due April 2nd, 2021.

Apply Here

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Volunteer of the Year and Director of the Year Nominations now Open!

Nominations for Volunteer of the Year and Director of the year are OPEN! Nominations will be open throughout the month of March!

Volunteer of the Year

https://forms.gle/Se2yCzWBUK4JiMoe9

Director of the Year

https://forms.gle/tGAMycZdhvQE5vM69

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Message from the Board regarding AIA

With the cancellation of AIA Winter Sports leaving many with questions, WGAZ is committed to providing as many safe opportunities as possible for our community. Although our activity may be called Winterguard/percussion/winds, our season schedule aligns more with the schedule of Spring Sports.

At this time, WGAZ will be moving forward with the season as is. We are providing a platform for virtual units, solos and small groups to allow students an avenue to perform. As we continue to monitor the numbers, we will also continue to offer in person events as allowed by the measurable benchmarks used to keep us safe.

We understand that the mitigation plans of each district and unit may be different, and we ask that everyone follow the guidelines and mitigation plans put in place by their school, district, or organization. WGAZ trusts that our instructors, staff and students will make the right decisions based on their needs, and we encourage you to communicate with the board if you have any questions or concerns.


Stay Safe and Healthy.

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WGAZ Color Guard Education Forum

WGAZ will be presenting an online education forum on the Regional A sheets hosted by Scott Montoya and moderated by Brandy DuBose.

All band directors, students, instructors, staff and judges are encouraged and welcome to attend. The forums will be presented by current WGAZ judges and some of Arizona’s most successful directors with active Q&A sessions around each topic.

This is an exciting virtual opportunity to learn through two lenses: First, discover what the judging community is looking for based on the judging criteria outlined and how to use structural platform to lead you through the design process; from the beginning! Next, learn what successful program directors do to efficiently process efforts, streamline growth and minimize doubt with their strategies towards the various areas of focus without abandonment of strategy; what makes the entire concept click and what are their tips to move quickly in the virtual environment we are all working in currently! WGAZ wants to help bring the process full circle with additional topics of discussion on best practices for preparing for and guiding critique for your group and utilizing the feedback you receive each week during active season to reach your program goals.

Movement Sheet

  • Wednesday, June 17 @ 7 PM
  • Nicole Hamilton: Rincon University HS
  • Catherine Plant: WGAZ Movement Judge
  • Google Meet Info:
    • Dial-in:(US) +1 925-718-6831 PIN: 271 427 937#

Equipment Sheet

  • Wednesday, June 24 @ 7 PM
  • Cody Schmidlin: Canyon Del Oro HS
  • Dennis Romero: WGAZ Equipment Judge
  • Google Meet Info:
    • Dial-in:(US) +1 208-718-1643 PIN: 891 495 290#

General Effect

  • Tuesday, June 30 @ 7 PM
  • Keith Casey: Desert Vista HS
  • Tony Christofano: WGAZ GE Judge
  • Google Meet Info:
    • Dial-in:(US) +1 252-701-1090 PIN: 502 609 493#

Design Analysis

  • Wednesday, July 8 @ 7 PM
  • Austin Yost: Oasis WG, Higley HS and Academy Drum & Bugle Corps
  • Scott Montoya: WGAZ DA Judge
  • Google Meet Info:
    • Dial-in:(US) +1 315-801-9469 PIN: 126 782 844#

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SENIOR SPOTLIGHT!

Each week, WGAZ will be spotlighting it's 2020 seniors!

Although this may not be the end of your season the way you imagined it, we are very proud of the work you have put in and the journey you have traveled. We wish you all a safe and happy summer.

Check them out here! Congratulations Graduates!!!

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Congratulations to Miles Denny for Percussion Director of the Year!

WGAZ is excited to announce the winner of its first annual Director of The Year Award! We asked our community, including staff, parents and students to nominate current WGAZ directors who made an impact on their lives, inspired growth within their students, and goes above and beyond their duties as a program director. The selection committee received 47 deserving nominations.


This years WGAZ Percussion Director of the Year goes to Miles Denny from Basha High School!



Here are some of the things said about Percussion Director of the Year, Miles Denny.

“Watching us grow as a program and unit with his guidance has been nothing short of amazing, and I am incredibly impressed with how he has succeeded at leading me and my fellow percussionists.”

“he reached out to me after a rough competition to make sure I was okay.”

“Miles has never lost his focus and his attention to the students. Definitely has shown an incredible amount of grace”

“Miles is kind, supportive and encouraging with our students, never harsh or mean. He's always willing to listen,and give help to student when they need it. He is fun teacher and mentor and incredibly down to earth and humble. He appreciates and is grateful for the help the Boosters given him. Say's "thank you!" often. All band students and parents in our band programs adore him. We support him 110% We all know he's gone above and beyond”

“Mr. Denny is one of the most respectable individuals I have ever met and he has the biggest heart of anyone I know.”

“I wouldn't be who I am today without him, both as a person and as a percussionist.”


Congratulations Miles Denny!

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Congratulations to Nicole Hamilton for Color Guard Director of the Year!

WGAZ is excited to announce the winner of its first annual Director of The Year Award! We asked our community, including staff, parents and students to nominate current WGAZ directors who made an impact on their lives, inspired growth within their students, and goes above and beyond their duties as a program director. The selection committee received 47 deserving nominations.


This year’s WGAZ Colorguard Director of the Year goes to Nicole Hamilton from University High School!



Here are some of the things said about Colorguard Director of the Year, Nicole Hamilton.

“Ms. Hamilton is truly an inspiration. She puts every ounce of energy she has into teaching, coaching and mentoring all of her students”

“She is an amazing person and teacher, in and outside of guard.”

“Mrs. Hamilton is one of the most driven, dedicated, passionate, and ardent directors of color guard, both in and outside of the activity.”

“Mrs. Hamilton sacrifices nearly all of her free time to coach our three different and unique winter guards, taking time not only to inspire each member (around fifty in total) at rehearsals, but also to guarantee the best end result of each show”

“She is always emphasizing both technical growth within the sport, but also individual growth as team members and unique individuals. Her individual faith in every member makes all the difference both in and out of color guard.”

Congratulations Nicole Hamilton!

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Congratulations to Sandra VanDusen for being this years Volunteer of the Year!

WGAZ is excited to announce the winner of its first annual Volunteer of The Year Award! We asked our community, including staff, parents and students to nominate current WGAZ circuit or unit volunteers who made an impact on their lives, and surpass the expected duties of a volunteer. The selection committee received many deserving nominations.


This years WGAZ Volunteer of the Year goes to Sandra VanDusen!


Here are some of the things said about WGAZ Volunteer of the Year, Sandra VanDusen.


“Sandra is one of those people that goes above beyond at every moment.”


“Sandra knows that these programs don’t work without volunteers and that giving the kids what they need is what matters the most”


“Now that all of her kids have graduated high school, you would think she would slow down and back off the band/guard responsibilities, but Sandra has not. This year she has been working hard with the Sun Devil Marching Band, Fenix Independent, and is also helping me out tremendously with apparel and fundraising at Boulder Creek High School. Sandra has a huge heart and honestly just loves being a part of the marching arts. Her passion to volunteer comes from a desire to create the most memorable and positive experiences for all students”


“Sandra has always gone above and beyond for her organization. She has helped with driving, fundraising, projects and anything else being asked of her.“


“Sandra is always proactive in her volunteering and coming up with ideas. She truly is a gem!”


Congratulations, Sandra VanDusen!

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2020 Scholarship Winners!

Each year, WGAZ offers scholarships to performers who pursue academic excellence. All participants who are high school seniors or enrolled in college were invited to submit applications. The WGAZ Scholarship Committee reviewed each application, essay and video to select students who stand out in academic, artistic, and personal achievements.


This year, a total of $4500 will be given to the color guard and drumline members who received the highest scores from the Scholarship Committee.


Color Guard Winners:

Our first winner is Elijah Quinto from Maricopa Gems Winterguard!

Elijah is a senior at Maricopa High School. Along with marching in their winterguard program, Elijah was also involved in orchestra for three years where they played the cello and was the cello section leader. One of Elijah's proudest moment in their color guard career was earning the title of color guard captan. After graduation, Elijah will be attending Arizona State University to pursue a degree in Kinesiology and hopes to march with FeniX Independent.


Our second winners is Alyssa Caldwell from Campo Verde Varsity Guard!

Alyssa has been with the Campo Verde Color Guard for four years and became captain starting their sophomore year. Besides marching, Alyssa helped established a color guard program at South Valley Junior High, plays one in the Wind Ensemble and involved in the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Alyssa plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in behavioral and social sciences field at Arizona State University Barrett Honors College. Alyssa also plans to audition for ASU Sun Devil Marching band for the fall and either FeniX or Oasis for the winter.


Our third winner is Megan Bulson from Williams Field-Black!

Megan started color guard in middle school and has been hooked ever since. This will be Megan's fifth season and was awarded most valuable performer last year. In Megan's free time they help volunteer at Gateway Pointe Elementary School by teaching the younger students learn color guard work and help choreograph for Gateway Pointe. Outside of the color guard activity, Megan is the treasure of Best Buddies, which is a club to promote friendship between special needs students and the Williams Field High School student body. After high school, Megan plans to become a registered nurse by attending Arizona State University.


Percussion Winners:

Our first winner is Belle Kurtz from Breakthrough Indoor Percussion!

Belle started their marching career at Desert Vista High School as a flute player helping take home first all four years. In 2017, Belle made the switch from flute to percussion and played their first season for Phenom Drum and Bugle Corps (Sound Sport at the time). Currently, Belle is attending a community college and plans to transfer to Arizona State University to pursue music education/performance.


Our second winner is Samantha Olsen from Basha Indoor Percussion Ensemble!

Basha High School has provided Samantha a wide variety of music classes and activities to participate in. They spent four years in the following classes: Symphonic Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble. Outside of school, Samantha has participated in a variety of orchestral ensembles, including the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, the Phoenix Youth Symphonette, and the Gilbert Symphony Orchestra. In college, Samantha's current plan is to receive a bachelor’s in music education and become a music educator.


Our third winner is Trey Spencer from Casa Grande Indoor Percussion Ensemble!

Trey has been a member of The Pride of Casa Grande Fall Marching Band and Casa Grande Indoor Percussion Ensemble for four years. Trey started as a tenor sax player their freshman fall season and was on toms their freshman winter season. They are proud to say that Casa Grande Indoor Percussion Ensemble is the only high school this year marching in the World Class Division. Outside of school Trey has been drumming at their church since 7th grade. Trey will be attending Grand Canyon University in the Fall and major in Business Administration.

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Thank you to all of the members who applied, and to all of the instructors and staff who encourage and inspire their students each and every day!


Congratulations to all of our winners!

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2020 Championships Shirt Still Available!

2020 Championships Shirts available for purchase through April 8th by Marching Apparel!


Click here to view!

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WGAZ Corona Virus Information

3/12/2020 6:30 pm

To Our WGAZ Family,

We are living in unprecedented times.

As many of you are aware, the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) is impacting the communities we live in from coast to coast; indeed, the entire world. With complete consideration of what is being reported from WGI and various performing arts circuits across the country, your WGAZ Board of Directors conducted an emergency meeting to discuss, consider and weigh all options with regards to the future of our 2020 Season.

WGAZ’s mission is to foster growth and quality in the performing arts by offering exceptional performance and educational opportunities for our community. That community is you – the students, the instructors and the families that support the activity. Our mission also implies our responsibility to keep safety in our lens with the goal of be overly cautious for the good of all involved.

It is with sincere regret that we must inform you, our community, that the remaining 2020 WGAZ season has been canceled. This was a difficult decision, and we recognize the significant disappointment everyone, including the board, is likely feeling.

We want to thank all of you for your patience as we try to maneuver through this COVID-19 concern and address all aspects of this challenging situation. Please allow your WGAZ board time to review plans regarding how to process impacted groups for season credits; we commit to communicating this to you once confirmed. We will be shared with all of you at our next full membership meeting.

Stay healthy, be safe.


3/11/2020 6:30 pm

The WGAZ executive board held an emergency meeting this afternoon (03/11/2020) to discuss the remainder of the 2020 WGAZ competitive season. At this time the board has decided to move forward with all remaining local events scheduled as-is, with keeping a mindful ear out to the recommendations & direction of our state & local government entities. Although there are many similarities between WGI & WGAZ the scale and scope of our championships vs WGI’s are extremely different- namely being that WGI’s event lasts over nine days of competition, with over 16,000 participants traveling to Dayton from 41 states and five countries.

Should the WGI Vegas Guard regional or San Bernardino Percussion regional be cancelled, or, a school district restricts out of state travel for an ensemble, we will allow the WGAZ groups that were scheduled to perform out of town at those shows to be added to a local WGAZ show in their place.

We are in constant contact with ASU regarding our facilities for WGAZ championships, and will keep you updated should there be any changes. In the case that ASU should become an unviable option, we are looking proactively for alternative locations to hold championships. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Peter or Brandy directly with any questions or concerns you may have.


Safety Tips from the ADHS

  • Increase hand hygiene (wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds).
  • Stay home when you are sick

Resources

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Broken City Percussion Clinic this Sunday!

SAVE THE DATE, SPREAD THE WORD!!!

You & your students NEED to be here! Come learn tips & tricks about our activity from the best in the world. Looking forward to seeing you there! Clinic is $25 at the door, and includes lunch with the staff & members of Broken City Percussion.

Want to avoid long lines to sign up & pay for the Broken City clinic on Sunday? Follow the link below to prepay/preregister for the Biggest Baddest Broken'est Clinic ever to hit the desert!

https://wgaz.square.site/

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