WGI Solo & Ensemble powered by System Blue

*2020 Dates and Locations TBA*

In Summer 2019, WGI launched a new educational performance opportunity for marching arts performers of all agesWGI Solo & Ensemble powered by System Blue.

Positioned in WGI’s typical off-season—and before the start of summer band—WGI Solo & Ensemble offers a venue for performers of all ages to showcase their skills as an individual or small ensemble. Unique in its format, WGI Solo & Ensemble will welcome any and all performers, including those not currently or previously affiliated with a WGI-performing group.

Split between two age classifications and four performance categories, performers will present a short piece in front of a judge to receive personalized, recorded commentary and an overall rating. Although performers/ensembles will be split between two distinct age groups, there will be no age limit in any performance category. Performance categories include Color Guard, Percussion, Winds—Woodwind, and Winds—Brass.

2019 Dates/Locations

June 1, 2019: Dayton Solo & Ensemble

  • Fairfield High School (Fairfield, OH)
  • Dayton Judges – Percussion: Tim Fairbanks/
    Winds: Wayne Markworth/ Color Guard: Dale White
  • Dayton Results
  • Event Recap


June 8, 2019: Dallas Solo & Ensemble

  • Lake Ridge High School (Mansfield, TX)
  • Dallas Judges – Percussion: Jeff Ausdemore/
    Color Guard: Doug Henderson
  • Dallas Results
  • Event Recap

July 13, 2019: Irvine Solo & Ensemble

    • Woodbridge High School (Irvine, CA)




Spectators Welcome at all events!
$5 General Admission
Cash or Credit Card Accepted

age classifications
  • Junior Class: 17 years of age and under
  • Senior Class: 18 years of age and above*

*Senior Class participants are not bound by any age limit.

solo categories
  • Color Guard: Flag, Rifle, Sabre, and Movement
  • Percussion: Snare Drum, Multi-Tenor Drum, Keyboard, Timpani, and Multi-Percussion*
  • Winds – Woodwind: Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, and Saxophone
  • Winds – Brass: Trumpet, French Horn/Mellophone, Baritone/Euphonium, Trombone, and Tuba

*any number of percussion instruments played by a solo performer, including a drum set

color guard ensemble categories
  • Flag
  • Weapon
  • Movement
  • Mixed: any authorized equipment
instrumental ensemble categories
  • Percussion
  • Woodwind
  • Brass
  • Mixed: any instrumentation

2019 solo & ensemble contest rules & score sheets

Click here to download the 2019 WGI Solo & Ensemble Contest Rules.

Color Guard Score Sheet
Percussion Score Sheet
Winds Score Sheet

Have more questions? Email solo@wgi.org.