WGI 2021 Virtual Season eShowcase Being Produced by Our Virtual Ensemble
Our Virtual Ensemble (OVE) and Winter Guard International (WGI) have partnered to produce the WGI 2021 Virtual Season eShowcase. WGI’s purpose is to provide a space for young people to achieve the extraordinary through performance and competition. And this year, creativity is all in — the goal is to dream BIG!
Participants will use the OVE virtual music platform for submissions, and then OVE will compile the submissions for the showcase.
Winter Guard International — Sport of the Arts is the world’s premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion, and winds competitions. As a non-profit youth organization, WGI also serves as the governing body for the indoor color guard, percussion, and winds activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. Even with more than 40 years of history, the sport continues to evolve and grow. There were more than 33,000 participants at the regional level, and more than 16,000 participants at the Sport of the Arts World Championships this past April.
OVE's Virtual Classroom is an interactive website set up specifically for each participant, walking students through the process of learning and practicing their music, with places for instructional videos made by the teacher, and helping the students record and submit their videos for adjudication. Then the OVE team edits the package together to share with audiences. Music licensing is included for Concert Band, Concert Percussion, Marching Band, Drumline, Color Guard/Dance, and Orchestra selections available from GPG Music.
“The music educators don’t need to reinvent virtual processes for performance and production, practice and self-evaluation or technology standards and outcomes; instead they can focus on teaching,” says GPG Music owner and OVE co-founder Steve Martin, DMA, (ASCAP). “We are donating the use of our music, but teachers still have to fund their projects at the site level, and it would be fantastic if each school received community support.”