Yamaha Ensembles Win Eight Medals at 2017 Winter Guard International Championships

Avon High School 2017 WGI Winds Scholastic World Gold Medalists

“Yamaha has been a proud supporter of WGI and indoor percussion for nearly 20 years, and is the only company that has all the instruments and products these groups need to compete at the highest level,” said Troy C. Wollwage, Yamaha.

At the 2017 Winter Guard International (WGI) Indoor Percussion & Winds World Championships, eight of the awards were earned by groups using Yamaha instruments exclusively. Since 1998, ensembles using Yamaha marching percussion instruments have captured over 116 medals.

From April 20-23, more than 590 participants from across the country and around the globe convened in Dayton, Ohio for the WGI Championships, commonly called “The Sport of the Arts” due to its highly choreographed artistic and theatrical elements. Indoor percussion and indoor wind ensembles consist of the marching members and front ensemble of a marching band or drum corps.

Top WGI Percussion Championship honors are given to competitors in both scholastic and independent categories for both percussion and wind instrument divisions. The 2017 WGI Gold medal winner in the Scholastic World was the Chino Hills High School (Calif.) Percussion Ensemble, last year’s second-place winners. The Silver medal in Scholastic World went to the percussion ensemble from the Arcadia Unified School District (Calif.). Pulse Percussion (Calif.) won the 2017 Bronze in Independent World. Fair Lawn (NJ) took the Gold medal in Scholastic ‘A’ and Farmington United (MI) received the Silver medal in the Independent ‘A’ category.

The Gold medal winner for the Winds Championship Independent Open class was awarded to Chromium Winds (Illinois). The Scholastic World Gold medal went to Avon…

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