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Friday, September 6
 

3:00pm CDT

Attendee & Presenter Registration
Registration

Friday September 6, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Bissonet

4:45pm CDT

Welcome and Introductions
Welcome and Introductions

Friday September 6, 2019 4:45pm - 5:00pm CDT
Carondelet

5:00pm CDT

Opening Keynote: Building Your Tribe
Have you ever struggled to get your performers fired up and moving in the same direction? Ever struggled with retention or recruitment? How about with productivity in a rehearsal or overall engagement within your program? That’s because you’ve been overseeing an ensemble instead of a tribe. Come learn what a tribe is, why they’re important, and how to build one within your very own program.

Speakers
avatar for Caleb Rothe

Caleb Rothe

Percussion Education Coordinator, WGI Sport of the Arts
Caleb Rothe is the Percussion Education Coordinator for WGI Sport of the Arts. He has previously served as a program director, arranger, and instructor for Ayala HS (1997-2009), Pulse Percussion (2004-2007), and Rancho Cucamonga HS (2000-2004). He also served as a front ensemble arranger... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Carondelet

6:15pm CDT

Living in Your Moments of Dance
This session centers around getting your performers to be more expressive through their technique and making your shows speak. Leave with practical information and understanding on how to make performers connect more with their bodies and breath.

Speakers
avatar for Michael James

Michael James

Michael James, born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, graduated from the University of South Florida, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Dance Performance. After college, he performed in the American Stage Company’s “Shakespeare in the Park” Series for five... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 6:15pm - 7:15pm CDT
Carondelet

6:15pm CDT

Business First: Operating Ensembles & Developing A Non-Profit
Groups spend a LOT of time providing resources that answer the creative and educational questions involved in operating an ensemble, but before designers write and teachers teach, your group needs a healthy non-profit organization supporting it that thinks strategically, cultivates responsible revenue sources, and meets governance standards.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Scott

Mike Scott

Chief Executive Officer, Bluecoats
A huge portion of Mike Scott’s career has centered around entrepreneurial work within the WGI community. He began work at Rhythm X in late-2012 and worked as an operations staff member, then CEO and ensemble director of both Rhythm X and Rhythm X Winds, and currently serves as the... Read More →



Friday September 6, 2019 6:15pm - 7:15pm CDT
Salon E

6:15pm CDT

Staging is Staging!
Regardless of the division, we are all staging for the same stage. This session outlines the fundamentals of staging shared between the Winds, Percussion, and Color Guard divisions. Because the elements of good staging are universal: decision trees, design composition elements, variety, etc.: these elements can be applied to a variety of ensembles, classes, and ability levels. This session also aligns the components either expected or outlined in the adjudication design sheets between all three divisions.

Speakers
avatar for Wesley Pendergrass

Wesley Pendergrass

Wesley Pendergrass designs and stages for Winds, Percussion, and Color Guard. He has nine championship titles, as well as 20+ medalists. acorss all three idioms. He participates with WGI’s Advisory Boards, as well as presenting design sessions for local circuits and music educator... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 6:15pm - 7:15pm CDT
Salons A-C

6:15pm CDT

Inside the Show: Chino Hills High School (PSW)
This session puts you in the room with the creative team so they can make connections between the initial concept and the tools used to design, achieve, edit, and compete throughout the season. Follow the development of a show all the way from the brainstorming session to WGI finals night.

Speakers
avatar for John Mapes

John Mapes

John Mapes is a full-time percussion educator and visual designer based out of Southern California. He received his Bachelor of Arts in percussion from California State University, Long Beach, in the spring of 2000. His marching experience includes Velvet Knights and Pacific Crest... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 6:15pm - 7:15pm CDT
Salons F-H

6:15pm CDT

What We've Learned
As the Winds division has grown in quality and participation, certain trends have emerged as to what works well in performance and design, and what may not be as successful. This session will give newcomers in the activity, as well as seasoned directors, instructors, composers, etc., ideas to prepare for the 2020 season. Performance videos will highlight the concepts presented.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Markworth

Wayne Markworth

Wayne Markworth was Director of Bands at Centerville High School in Ohio for 35 years. He also served as Fine Arts Coordinator for the Centerville City Schools for five years and High School Music Department Chair for twenty years. During his tenure the Centerville Band program involved... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 6:15pm - 7:15pm CDT
Balcony J-K

7:30pm CDT

Reclassified: Friend or Foe?
Getting reclassified is a double-edged sword! It is exciting, because your team is being recognized for their achievements, but managing the new expectations both on and off the floor can be challenging. How do you set your group up for the next level of competition AND make sure the infrastructure of your organization is ready to take that next step? While what happens on the floor is very important, what happens off the floor and behind the scenes is just as important.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Hurley

Matthew Hurley

Matthew Hurley has been involved in the marching arts for 40 years. He has been involved with AMP Winter Guard for 12 years and is currently their operations manager. In his professional life he is a corporate trainer for a medical billing company and has extensive experience in creating... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Salons F-H

7:30pm CDT

Overall Show Design: Let's Coordinate
This session focuses on show coordination in program design, with emphasis is on creating a program that has a unified voice both musically and visually. Examine the characteristics and elements that create a unified product by studying pageantry examples where designers explain the intent of the design with respect to audio visual coordination. Other topics include examples of audio to audio, visual to visual, and audio to visual coordination.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Dillon

Wayne Dillon

Wayne Dillon holds a Masters degree in performance from the University of Miami, as well as a Fine Arts and Education degree from York University in Toronto, Canada. He is currently the Director of Bands at Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Wayne has programmed the multi-year... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Salons A-C

7:30pm CDT

Road Trip 101
Traveling with your group is much more than setting up hotel rooms and busses. This session addresses the ins and outs of traveling with your ensemble, including why group travel is important, the true costs of travel, presenting travel ideas to administration and parents, and how to mediate when something goes wrong (because it will).

Speakers
avatar for Vicky Wielosinski

Vicky Wielosinski

Vicky Wielosinski started her career at Music Travel Consultants in 2011 as a Tour Director. She accompanied countless ensembles on their trips all over the country, making sure that everything ran smoothly and was a positive experience for all. Her destinations included locations... Read More →



Friday September 6, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Balcony J-K

7:30pm CDT

You Want to Build WHAT?
Props are an integral ingredient to many indoor shows. Hear how one master prop builder approaches the process of translating an idea into a reality while keeping performers safe and the props within the safety rules. Get information about evaluating costs and how to transport your masterpiece after production.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Stack

Darren Stack

Darren Stack offers custom fabrication and design, most recently specializing in props for the pageantry arts. Darren spent his high school years in marching band and winter percussion, followed by drum corps. He went on to be a visual instructor and drill designer, and has remained... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Salon D

7:30pm CDT

Sound System Set Ups for a Practically Painless Performance
Learn proper methods of how to route and configure electronics and sound system so they can work at every show. Decide what gear will work best for your group and get to know the equipment so it can work towards your advantage. Prepare yourself and your students for any obstacles with sound check.

Speakers
avatar for James Catherall

James Catherall

James recently finished the 2019 season with Pulse Percussion as their Sound Engineer. He has presented sessions at the Arcadia Music & Arts Symposium teaching basic and advanced MainStage courses alongside Kevin Shah. Throughout his career, James has has written for multiple A Class... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Salon E

8:45pm CDT

Friday Keynote: Creativity the Cirque Way
Michael Duffy is a multi-disciplinary performer and director based between Las Vegas and Montreal. His passion lies in the performing arts as a platform for societal transformation and a continuation of ancient ritual. Seeing the performing arts through the lens of Cultural Anthropology, he focuses on the interplay between audience and performer. Whether performing on stage, directing, teaching or speaking, Michael is constantly aware of what an audience receives and where the performance is taking them. With over 20 years of experience, 14 of which with the renowned Cirque du Soleil, he has graced the stage in over 15 countries on 4 continents for literally hundreds of thousands of spectators from 50 seat black box theaters in Quebec City to the O2 Arena in London and Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Knowing that no individual makes or breaks a show, Michael is a strong proponent of collaborative creation and is at home facilitating exactly that with a group of like-minded visionaries. With the success story of Cirque du Soleil as a template, he is always in search of art forms on the cusp of reinvention. Though his formation might have been in circus, his interest and fascination with all art forms allows him to spin a web of connection linking the various languages of expression and finding their intersectionality.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Duffy

Michael Duffy

Michael Duffy is a multi-disciplinary performer and director based between Las Vegas and Montreal. His passion lies in the performing arts as a platform for societal transformation and a continuation of ancient ritual. Seeing the performing arts through the lens of Cultural Anthropology... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 8:45pm - 9:45pm CDT
Carondelet

9:45pm CDT

Evening Reception
Friday September 6, 2019 9:45pm - 11:45pm CDT
Bissonet
 
Saturday, September 7
 

9:00am CDT

More Than Opinion!
A look at the discipline of judging and the people that are drawn to it. This session will also include a general Q & A where questions about judging, judges, and any other aspect of the competitive process will be welcomed.

Speakers
avatar for Curtis Costanza

Curtis Costanza

Curtis Costanza is currently the chief judge for WGI; he resides in Vancouver, Washington. He has extensive judging experience with Drum Corps International, Winter Guard International, Bands of America, Winter Guard Association of Southern California, Florida Federation Color Guard... Read More →
avatar for Karl Lowe

Karl Lowe

Karl is the current Color Guard Education Coordinator for WGI.



Saturday September 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Salons F-H

9:00am CDT

7 Ways You Are (Literally) Hurting Your Members
Tired of your students being exhausted halfway through your closer? Not sure how to balance a rehearsal schedule with health concerns and getting show on the floor? This session addresses the health and wellness needs of performers across all skills levels. Understand how to properly warm up for a performance, what quick exercises can prevent injury and allow performers to move better, and why the off-floor health choices of members impact their mental and physical output on the floor.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Elliot Cleveland

Dr. Elliot Cleveland

Founder, Marching Health
Dr. Elliot Cleveland is a former DCI and WGI World Class Finalist turned Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). He combines his two passions of health and music to help marching performers move better, avoid injury, and perform at their highest level. Elliot graduated from Clemson University... Read More →



Saturday September 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Salon D

9:00am CDT

When Artistry Meets Team Management
Learn about management in a creative context. Using information based on the human resources tactics used in show production companies as Cirque du Soleil and ballet companies, learn to better manage your staff and members. Understand why staff and performers are best managed the same way no matter the categorie they are in. Offering you several tools, timeline exemple and expectation letter agreement, after this session you will be equipped to get your team litteraly all on the same page.Get the best out of everyone in order to achieve excellence.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Bernard

Cynthia Bernard

Cynthia Bernard has family roots in the marching arts–her grandmother was the founder and director of Les Étoiles d’Ors de Laval Drum Corps and Color Guard, where her parents met while in their teens.Cynthia has marched with several groups in Quebec in A Class, Open Class, and... Read More →


EAL Tech docx

Saturday September 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Salons A-C

9:00am CDT

Innovative Choreography
This session invites you to explore choreography that has never before been used in your ensemble. Even stock body work can be remixed to enhance and bring your music to life visually. Learn how to see the music in your head, create choreography on the spot, and determine when various types and difficulty levels of choreography are appropriate (ripples, individual, ensemble, etc.).

Speakers
avatar for Austin Avery

Austin Avery

Austin Avery has been a marching arts educator since 2004. He is currently the Trumbull High School percussion director and program coordinator, and has been involved with numerous groups such as Norwalk High School, Dartmouth High School, Westhill High School, and Oregon Crusaders... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Salon E

9:00am CDT

Inside the Show: Rhythm X (WIW)
This session puts you in the room with the creative team so they can make connections between the initial concept and the tools used to design, achieve, edit, and compete throughout the season. Follow the development of a show all the way from the brainstorming session to WGI finals night.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Fairbanks

Tim Fairbanks

Tim Fairbanks has taught at Centerville HS (OH) since 1997, and serves as the Marching Percussion Director and the Drill Designer for the marching band, winter guard, and indoor drumline, which is a consistent Scholastic World Finalist at the WGI World Championships. Centerville Indoor... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Markworth

Andrew Markworth

Andrew Markworth is a composer, arranger, and consultant writing for marching bands, indoor percussion and winds groups and drum corps all over the world.He is currently the music director for Rhythm X; both the 3 time gold medalist percussion group (2008, 2009, 2013) and the 4 time... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Balcony J-K

10:30am CDT

Building Your Brand
From logo design to website design, from social media to merchandising: building your brand is an integral part of building your ensemble's future. Discuss how to make decisions on art, effect, mood, and ambiance to a variety of audiences including vendors, merchandise booths, etc. Leave the session with a better understanding of the importance of building, promoting, and maintaining your brand.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Cunningham

Sean Cunningham

Sean Cunningham is the founder and director of Orange County Independent Ensembles, which includes Orange County Independent Percussion and Winds, Vessel, Odyssey Percussion, and the reigning Percussion Independent World champions, Broken City Percussion. Sean holds a bachelor’s... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am CDT
Salons F-H

10:30am CDT

Navigating the Social Media Landscape
The ability to share experiences in real-time has transformed the marching arts and society at-large, which is why learning to navigate the social media landscape is essential to today's activity. For both scholastic and independent ensembles, this session helps navigate the creation, implementation, and development of an effective and compliant social media policy for students, members, staff, volunteers and parents. Learn how social media can aid and assist your ensemble and bring value to your brand.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Lackey

Matthew Lackey

Matthew Lackey is a performing arts educator and content creator. Matthew served as Executive Director for Pulse Percussion for five years and has been their Marketing Director since 2012. He has been involved with Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps since 2002 and continues to consult... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am CDT
Salon E

10:30am CDT

Performance Workshop
The session allows attendees to observe in real-time as Michael walks a small group of participants through performance warmups and exercises, with the objective of helping performers be more connected and aware of each other, as well as teach techniques to better communicate performance qualities in a large, arena setting. In his words, this session “gives a taste of the Cirque audition process.”

Speakers
avatar for Michael Duffy

Michael Duffy

Michael Duffy is a multi-disciplinary performer and director based between Las Vegas and Montreal. His passion lies in the performing arts as a platform for societal transformation and a continuation of ancient ritual. Seeing the performing arts through the lens of Cultural Anthropology... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am CDT
Carondelet

10:30am CDT

Inside the Show: E.D. White High School (PSA)
This session puts you in the room with the creative team so they can make connections between the initial concept and the tools used to design, achieve, edit, and compete throughout the season. Follow the development of a show all the way from the brainstorming session to WGI finals night.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Harmsen

Bryan Harmsen

Bryan is the owner of Visaudio Designs, a company specializing in design for the pageantry arts. He has designed for a ensembles in the United States, East Asia, and Europe, and his arrangements and compositions have helped many ensembles earn numerous gold medals on their local circuits... Read More →
avatar for Keith Ledet

Keith Ledet

Keith Ledet has been teaching percussion in Thibodaux, Louisiana with the E. D. White Cardinal Music program since 1982.Keith graduated from Nicholls State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and worked as a graphic designer for Neff/Buckner Rental from 1989-1999. From... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am CDT
Salons A-C

10:30am CDT

Small CAN Be Great!
This session focuses on the challenges faced by the staff, as well as the performers, in a small ensemble. Facing problems unique to a smaller ensemble, the session will address musical, visual, instructional, and emotional issues. Topics include quality vs. quantity, building a staff, preparation routines, rehearsal techniques, and the impact of technology.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Mills

Greg Mills

Greg Mills has been a high school band director for 35 years. In addition to his work as a band director, he has been a member of The Central State Judges Association for 27 years, the past 6 of which he has served as the Executive Director. Greg is the Co-Founder and President of... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am CDT
Balcony J-K

11:45am CDT

Boxed Lunch Pick Up
Saturday September 7, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm CDT
Bissonet

12:45pm CDT

How to be a Successful Guard Director in Small Town, USA (or Anywhere!)
This session covers the traits and characteristics of a successful guard director. Bob and Ruth Ann share the methods they used to build and maintain a quality scholastic program in a rural setting with limited resources. Anyone can program decent pageantry shows: and talented teachers can present the material: but none of this matters if you cannot inspire, connect, and lead your students, staff and parents.

Speakers
avatar for Bob and Ruth Ann Medworth

Bob and Ruth Ann Medworth

Bob and Ruth Ann have been the directors of the Northview Band and Guard for 41 years. During that time, the groups have consistently been known for entertaining the performing members and audiences alike. The Northview Winter Guard has been a WGI Scholastic World Finalist 25 times... Read More →



Saturday September 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm CDT
Salon E

12:45pm CDT

Workshopping and the Creative Freedom to Flow
By utilizing different scopes of musicality, effect, storytelling, movement, and staging: the creative process of workshopping truly is limitless. By witnessing a live demonstration, learn new ways to look at things and avoid the tendency to repeat a variation of what you’ve seen before. Workshopping is a perfect way for designers to find their own voice and style!

Speakers
avatar for Shavon Garcia

Shavon Garcia

Shavon Garcia has 20 years of experience as a director, designer, and choreographer in the color guard activity. Shavon also has a performance background within the DCI and WGI world, as well as dance training outside of pageantry. She is also a certified Barre and Pilates Instructor... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Tortorete

Jacob Tortorete

Jacob Tortorete has been been a performer for the Blue Devils (2012 to 2017) and Imbue Winterguard (2014 -2019), and has studied other specific forms of movement training and performance art. During his time as a performer at Imbue, he has cultivated a unique, creative language with... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm CDT
Carondelet

12:45pm CDT

Create Your Own World
The visual brings music to life and shows off your performers in the world you create to audience and judges. One of the best set and costume designers in the business shares their approach in making all elements come together to produce jaw-dropping productions that stand out.

Speakers
avatar for Darcie Aungst

Darcie Aungst

Darcie Aungst joined the 2019 Cadets as the first female Artistic Director in the corps history. For the past 25 years, Darcie has been the Show Designer, Show Coordinator, Choreographer, and Costume & Set Designer for the five-time Scholastic World Champion Dartmouth High School... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm CDT
Salons F-H

12:45pm CDT

Creating a Class Appropriate Concept
A successful season starts with a good concept, but sometimes designers and staffs set their sights on unattainable goals for their groups at the programming stage. This session explores ways to create a strong concept that is appropriate and attainable for an A, Open, and World class ensemble, by developing a single concept at all three class levels.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Marvin

Dave Marvin

Dave Marvin has been involved with the marching percussion activity for more than 40 years. At age 11, he began marching, and he now teaches, writes, designs, presents clinics and judges for groups nationwide. His arrangements and design consulting sessions are highly sought-after... Read More →



Saturday September 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm CDT
Salons A-C

12:45pm CDT

Roundtable Discussion
Hear some thought-provoking discussions by the committee charged with protecting the integrity of Percussion adjudication. Find out how WGI philosophy guides decisions in judge training, score management, and classification.

Speakers
avatar for Percussion Steering Committee

Percussion Steering Committee

Presented by the Percussion Steering Committee members: Tom Aungst, Tim Fairbanks, Austin Greene, Marty Griffin, Chad Heiny, Chris Hestin, John Mapes, Caleb Rothe, Kevin Shah, Mark Thurston, and Sean Vega.


Saturday September 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm CDT
Balcony J-K

2:15pm CDT

Inside the Show: Center Grove High School (SW)
This session puts you in the room with the creative team so they can make connections between the initial concept and the tools used to design, achieve, edit, and compete throughout the season. Follow the development of a show all the way from the brainstorming session to WGI finals night.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Potter

Keith Potter

Keith began his pageantry career as a saxophone player and drum major for Center Grove High School in Greenwood, IN. After graduation, he became a drum major instructor at FJM clinics and later went on to join the Cadets of Bergen County as a member of the color guard from 1991-1993... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm CDT
Salon D

2:15pm CDT

Dance Essentials for All Divisions: Press Play and Go!
Create a short, fun warm up for your group with exercises that get performers moving and practicing proper technique. Through a combination of lecture and demonstration, this class covers basic techniques that you can adapt to your specific style. Learn what exercises are a must and what can be left out for the sake of time and leave with an outline to create a warm up to fit your ensemble. Participation in the hands-on portion is encouraged!

Speakers
avatar for Carol Abohatab

Carol Abohatab

Faculty, Mem., San Jose City College
Carol Abohatab brings four decades of performing, teaching, and choreographing to WGI, and has spent a significant amount of that time refining dance techniques, helping to make them a genuine and respected part of the pageantry world. Color guard prompted her to further explore dance... Read More →



Saturday September 7, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm CDT
Carondelet

2:15pm CDT

The Business of Doing What You Love
More individuals are making a living in the marching arts, but what about taxes, insurance, and retirement? Professionals in our activity need to realize they are their own small business. Protect your livelihood with written agreements as well as how to negotiate with those who hire.

Speakers
avatar for Dale Powers

Dale Powers

Dale Powers is the current Director of Color Guard for WGI and has been involved in teaching and designing for over 40 years with Drum Corps, Color Guard and Marching Band. During that time Dale spent over 30 years in corporate America in the retirement and Insurance business as a... Read More →



Saturday September 7, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm CDT
Salons A-C

2:15pm CDT

Between Organizational Logistics and Creative Design
This session illuminates the inherent, but often overlooked, relationship between logistics and design. By focusing on how design needs fit within the organizational structure, as well as considering organizational needs while implementing design, the session explores how the most successful groups are able to balance both.

Speakers
avatar for Travis Peterman

Travis Peterman

Born and raised in Newark, Delaware, Travis began his performing career with the All-State Junior and Senior Bands. Quickly finding a passion for the marching arts, he went on to perform with the Reading Buccaneers, United Percussion, the Blue Stars, and Rhythm X.He began his drum... Read More →
avatar for Dan Schack

Dan Schack

Hailing from Connecticut, Dan has been involved in the marching arts since he was fourteen years old. As an active designer, educator, and adjudicator for competitive music ensembles all over the country, Dan specializes in battery percussion, movement/choreography, and creative design... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm CDT
Salons F-H

2:15pm CDT

Inside the Show: Ardrey Kell High School (WSA)
This session puts you in the room with the creative team so they can make connections between the initial concept and the tools used to design, achieve, edit, and compete throughout the season. Follow the development of a show all the way from the brainstorming session to WGI finals night.

Speakers
avatar for David Shives

David Shives

David Shives has been a middle and high school band director for 9 years. Having been involved with the indoor Winds activity since it’s inception, he started two scholastic groups in the Charlotte, NC area (Olympic High School WSA 2015, Ardrey Kell High School WSA 2017) which are... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Surratt

Jonathan Surratt

Jonathan Surratt began working with marching band programs band immediately after graduating high school in 2002, with a focus on visual and movement aspects. As a performer, he marched with Fort Mill High School and Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2008, he moved to Columbus... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm CDT
Balcony J-K

3:45pm CDT

Technique Talk
This session addresses the hows and whys of setting up a technique program. Join the featured technicians from WGI’s newest educational video series, Technique Class, for philosophical discussions that can help you make decisions as to what exercises to choose and how to approach them based on biomechanics and efficiency.

Speakers
avatar for Robby Jacobson

Robby Jacobson

Robby Jacobson has over 25 years of expertise in the pageantry arts ranging from marching bands to drum corps to winter guards. With experience as both a performer and educator, Robby has been involved with nationally acclaimed programs such as Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, Fantasia... Read More →
avatar for Shavon Garcia

Shavon Garcia

Shavon Garcia has 20 years of experience as a director, designer, and choreographer in the color guard activity. Shavon also has a performance background within the DCI and WGI world, as well as dance training outside of pageantry. She is also a certified Barre and Pilates Instructor... Read More →
avatar for Rosie Queen

Rosie Queen

Rosie has extensive experience in world class drum corps, marching bands and winter guard across the world. She has been the color guard director and on the visual design team at Carmel H.S. since 2003. During these years, Carmel has won BOA Grand Nationals 5-times. Recently earning... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm CDT
Salons F-H

3:45pm CDT

Beyond the Dot Book
This session provide provides the experience of exploring theater improvisation, character development, and the creation of a narrative to enhance performance. By integrating improv games and exercises, performers experience risk taking, team building, and “free up” their performance. Learn how to apply character development, character motivation, and a narrative subtext to your program.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Harris

Wayne Harris

Wayne Harris is an award-winning solo performer, writer, educator, curriculum innovator, and musician. A gifted artist with wide ranging interests, he has accumulated an impressive body of work over the years that includes five full length plays, presentations for schools, directing... Read More →



Saturday September 7, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm CDT
Carondelet

3:45pm CDT

Build a Legacy: Fundraising as Your Organization's X-Factor to a Successful Future
Through stories of success and perseverance, this session presents a three-pronged approach that every organization, from those just beginning to an established group, can: and should: be using to fundraise. When done with intention, fundraising can be effective, proactive, and fun at the same time. Leave the session with practical advice for your planned, organized, and intentional fundraising.

Speakers
avatar for David Hill

David Hill

Former WGI Public Relations Director, David Hill has spent 30 years in fundraising professionally. From annual to capital campaigns, to special event fundraising–he has worked on teams that raised some $100M. His final annual campaign was the most successful in the 155-year history... Read More →



Saturday September 7, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm CDT
Salons A-C

3:45pm CDT

Stuff That Sucks
This interactive session engages you in quasi-controversial topics for percussionists. Attendees will choose a position on each issue and then debate the merits of whichever position they carved out. No middle ground is possible–a sure way to get everyone involved and shake things up.

Speakers
avatar for Caleb Rothe

Caleb Rothe

Percussion Education Coordinator, WGI Sport of the Arts
Caleb Rothe is the Percussion Education Coordinator for WGI Sport of the Arts. He has previously served as a program director, arranger, and instructor for Ayala HS (1997-2009), Pulse Percussion (2004-2007), and Rancho Cucamonga HS (2000-2004). He also served as a front ensemble arranger... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm CDT
Salon D

3:45pm CDT

Winds Technique and Training: A Fundamental Approach
This session focuses on winds pedagogy for A and Open class ensembles. The session prioritizes the fundamentals of breathing, sound, tuning, articulation balance/blend, and listening skills. Topics include time management and rehearsal planning, as well as prioritizing and goal setting. Participants receive a warm up routine and chorale to take back to their programs.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Dillon

Wayne Dillon

Wayne Dillon holds a Masters degree in performance from the University of Miami, as well as a Fine Arts and Education degree from York University in Toronto, Canada. He is currently the Director of Bands at Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Wayne has programmed the multi-year... Read More →



Saturday September 7, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm CDT
Salon E

5:00pm CDT

Dinner (on your own)
Dinner in New Orleans

Saturday September 7, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
TBA

7:00pm CDT

Inside the Show: Palm Desert Charter Middle School (SA)
This session puts you in the room with the creative team so they can make connections between the initial concept and the tools used to design, achieve, edit, and compete throughout the season. Follow the development of a show all the way from the brainstorming session to WGI finals night.

Speakers
avatar for José Pena

José Pena

José Alejandro Peña was born and raised in Palm Desert, CA. He graduated Palm Desert High School and came to color guard late, during his junior year.After high school, José marched Fantasia Winter Guard from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017. He also marched with RCC Marching... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Salon E

7:00pm CDT

Growing a Scholastic Program: Vertically and Laterally
Building a scholastic program is marathon, not a sprint. This session covers how deliberate planning, slow growth, and culture building can help prevent burnout while keeping excellence a top priority. If your goal is to sustain and grow your program to include and benefit as many people as possible, this is your session! Topics include starting a feeder program, tying winter season experiences to the classroom, building a community-based culture, and recruiting in the 21st Century.

Speakers
avatar for Neil Landini

Neil Landini

Band Teacher, Powhatan County Public Schools
Neil Landini is a band director at Powhatan High School in Powhatan, Virginia, and the county’s Percussion Specialist. He has served in various capacities with the Powhatan Bands and Ensembles since 1997 where his responsibilities include the high school marching band percussion... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Salons F-H

7:00pm CDT

Independent Group Management for 2020
This session focuses on the tools that managers of independent indoor groups should have to protect their participants as well as make their organization versatile with ever-changing needs and requirements in the marching arts. Hear details on upcoming changes for independent groups and how incorporation could fit into your master plan.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Nankervis

Ron Nankervis

Ron is the current Executive Director and CEO of WGI.


Saturday September 7, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Balcony J-K

7:00pm CDT

Winds Scholastic A: Program Building from the Ground Up
Thinking of starting a Winds program at your school? This in the session for you! This session explores how to save money through design, effective ways to empower student leadership to supplement a small staff, rehearsal planning to maximize time, and ways to increase community buy-in for your new program. This session is all about helping those programs and directors that currently do not have a Winds program learn about the activity from the perspective of a band director working on a budget.

Speakers
avatar for David Shives

David Shives

David Shives has been a middle and high school band director for 9 years. Having been involved with the indoor Winds activity since it’s inception, he started two scholastic groups in the Charlotte, NC area (Olympic High School WSA 2015, Ardrey Kell High School WSA 2017) which are... Read More →


Saturday September 7, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Salons A-C

8:15pm CDT

Saturday Keynote: The Power of One
For over a decade, Clint has dedicated his heart to helping organizations and teachers understand others and themselves. Through his experience, Clint demonstrates that to improve the quality of teaching we must be willing to improve the quality of the teaching job. With a blend of humor, unforgettable stories, and actionable takeaways that stick, Clint proves first-hand that a single moment in time can truly change a person’s life.

Speakers

Saturday September 7, 2019 8:15pm - 9:45pm CDT
Carondelet

9:45pm CDT

Closing Remarks
Closing Remarks

Saturday September 7, 2019 9:45pm - 10:00pm CDT
Carondelet