The Winter Guard Club of Oakland University competed in it’s first Winter Guard International (WGI) Regional competition and placed third. This is a major accomplishment for a club celebrating it’s first year anniversary.
Winter Guard’s President, Laura Coen, tells us, “We will be competing in several competitions over [the course of] the season around the state”.
Coen continues “We had competed in one so far where we placed 4th, at that time we only had half of our performance so in the ones to come we feel pretty confident that we can bring our score up”.
The Michigan Color Guard Circuit (MCGC) has competitions throughout the state for teams based in Michigan leading up to the MCGC state championships. Alongside the MCGC competitions, WGI holds regional competitions throughout the United States and one in the Netherlands; all leading up to their championship competition.
Performances/competitions are judged in the areas of talent, precision, creativity, and horizontal orchestration (how all the elements create the larger picture/effect). Teams are scored on a point system which is what dictates 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and so on.
Coen explains their win, “We place[d] 2nd out of 10 in the prelim[inary] round and got to advance with the top 5 to finals where we placed 3rd out of 5”.
For the Winter Guard Club, this is huge because “this our first step into taking part in WGI competitions, in future years we hope to be able to attend WGI championships”.
Follow the Winter Guard club on their journey through Facebook and if you’re interested in joining the club, contact Laura Coen at firstname.lastname@example.org . Some experience required to join.