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Wgi 2010 Recap

SABIAN ensembles take top spots in Independent World, Scholastic World and Scholastic Concert World

Last week the University of Dayton Arena and Nutter Centre hosted 3 days of world class performances, including several SABIAN endorsed ensembles, during the Winter Guard International Championships (April 15-17, 2010).

The WGI Hall of Fame Induction ceremony took place at the Dayton Marriott on April 14th, just one day before the Championships. Ralph Hardimon (Percussion, Clinician) was in attendance, along with Matt Savage (Drum Corps Specialist) and Amy Savage (Freelance/Duke University), in support of Hall of Fame inductee and fellow SABIAN endorser Daniel Fyffe (Director, Franklin Central High School). Don Click, Mike Jackson and Andy Sanders were also inducted into the “Class of 2010” WGI Hall of Fame.

The SABIAN booth buzzed all weekend as we interviewed ensemble directors (watch for the videos on YouTube!) and spoke with hundreds of individuals from the Sport of the Arts community. We even had a quick visit from Keith Harris (Black Eyed Peas) and Dennis DeLucia (Educator, WGI Judge) after their autograph signing on the Pro-Mark booth on Friday. SABIAN endorsers Vic Firth, James Leslie (University of Dayton Percussion Professor) and Brian Fronzaglia (Assistant Professor of Percussion at Missouri Southern State University) also stopped by to say hello and check out the latest cymbals.

On Saturday we gave away a pair of Guitar Hero: World Tour Complete Guitar Games (for Xbox 360) to lucky winners Dina Peek (Brooklyn, Michigan) and Wyatt Foster (Jackson, Michigan). In order to be entered to win, they downloaded our SABIAN @ WGI 2010 mobile app and stopped by the booth for an entry form.

The big winner of the weekend was Erica Schultz of Reno, Nevada who beat out over 200 entrants to take home an 18” Vault Artisan Traditional Symphonic Suspended (approx retail value: $686).

Now on to the Championship Results…

SABIAN-endorsed ensembles took home the top spots in Independent World, Scholastic World and Scholastic Concert World competition. Under the direction of Danielle Collins, Pulse Percussion’s 2010 highly anticipated show Worth the Wait won Gold in the Independent World Finals. Out of Ontario, California, Pulse was founded in 2004 by Caleb Rothe, Ike Jackson, and Ken McGrath.

The ‘08 and ‘09 Independent World Champions Rhythm X under the direction of Craig Dunn, won Silver by a margin of only 0.125 points. From Columbus, Ohio, the Rhythm X show Inspired had the audience on their feet and singing along to the chorus of the Muse song Knights of Cydonia.

Other SABIAN ensembles who placed in the Independent World finals include:

11th     North Coast Academy
State of Mind    
Director: Diane King
Saginaw, Michigan

12th     Gateway Indoor
Directors: Alexis Abril, Paul Richardson, Chad Schaedler
St. Louis, Missouri

13th    Timber Creek Independent    
Directors: Matt Verburg, Jeremy Brown
Orange County, Florida

15th    Tyler Junior College
Bolero and Beyond
Director: Tom McGowen
Tyler, Texas

Ayala High School from Chino Hills, California took home Gold medals in both Scholastic World and Scholastic Concert World finals. The Scholastic World show Live to Tell from director Ike Jackson, and Home, their Concert World show directed by Mark Stone were moving performances that tugged the audiences’ heart strings.

Centerville High School Director Tim Fairbanks brought the show Rhythm Nation to life and finished 10th in Scholastic World class.

In Independent Open class, George Mason University from Fairfax, Virginia placed a strong 5th with their show Flow, under the direction of Chris Martin. Alternative Percussion from San Diego, California followed in 12th with Underneath it all, directed by Paul Casey.
Jeff Huffman and WGI Hall of Fame Inductee Daniel Fyffe directed Franklin Central High School from Indianapolis, Indiana in their show Moment,  finishing in 10th place in Scholastic Open finals.

Aaron Hines of eNVision Percussion from Reno, Nevada directed the 9th place Independent A group in their show Addiction, while Minneapolis, Minnesota based group Twin Cities Area Independent placed 10th with Reflexity, under the direction of Tyson Smith.

And last but certainly not least, Foothill High School from Las Vegas, Nevada placed 10th with Energy in the Scholastic A class, a performance directed by Nick Waters.

Stay tuned for interviews with the directors of Rhythm X, eNVision, Twin Cities Area Independent, Tyler Junior College, Timber Creek Independent, and Evolution Indoor.

For more pictures from WGI 2010, check out www.Facebook.com/SABIANCymbals!


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