X. Unit Classification

  1. The WGPO classification strategy has one main goal: “Provide a consistent and fair grouping of units achieving at a similar level while encouraging their development”
  2. This goal can be met by doing the following:
    1. Provide unit management and staff with clear descriptions of the qualities of performing ensembles in each class.
    2. Provide incentives for performing ensembles to move into the higher levels of classification.
    3. Provide mechanisms for the circuit to ensure consistent and fair groupings.
    4. Provide an appeal process for performing ensembles that feel they are unfairly classed.
  3. When units are deciding a classification they must consider the following WGPO policy:
    1. If a unit attends a WGI Regional and competes in Open or World class, a unit should perform in that class within the WGPO for the remainder of the season.
    2. If a unit attends a WGI regional(s) and is judged on A class sheets, you should perform in WGPO in either Scholastic A, Scholastic B, or Independent A.
    3. If a unit attends a WGI regional in ANY Scholastic class, then the members of that unit must attend the same school or schools that feed into the same school. This differs slightly from the WGPO Scholastic classifications.
  4. Classification in WGPO will consist of the following divisions, each reflecting a stage in the learning process: “Discovering, Exploring, Knowing and Applying”.
  5. A returning unit requesting to be moved down in classification must compete in the same class as the previous season for the first contest, and then must send a letter to the EBoard requesting to be moved down.

GUARD CLASSIFICATIONS

  1. Middle School Class:
    This class is restricted to units with members attending junior high/middle school and all from the same school district (Units with members from multiple junior highs within a district will be accepted). It is recognized that Middle School Class is designed for training for younger members, and exposure to the Winter Guard activity. Units will not be eligible for promotion from within this classification. This class will be judged on a Regional A sheet.
  2. Scholastic Regional B Class:
    Unit members must attend schools from the same school district. The purpose of this classification is to take units through the intermediate steps towards the participation in Scholastic Classes. This class will be judged on a Regional A sheet.
  3. Scholastic Regional A Class:
    Unit members must attend schools from the same school district. The purpose of this classification is to take units through the final steps towards participation in the “Scholastic B” class. This class will be judged on a Regional A sheet.
  4. Independent Regional A Class:
    Every member must not attend the same school. This class is for a competitive Regional A unit which is not ready for the demands of the A Class sheet. Units competing in this classification will be judged using the WGI “Regional A Class” criteria.
    For ALL units judged on a Regional A sheet: (SRB, SRA, and IRA)
    Equipment and movement will focus on the training and achievement of the basic skills. Tosses use a limited variety of release and catch points and typically take place from a stationary position. Weapons will usually toss no higher than a triple. Dimensionality is limited and phrases are often very short (16 to 24counts) with much built in recovery time. Movement is mostly demonstrated by moving from place to place with a good range of gestural qualities being demonstrated. There is usage of simple turns and leaps and performers occasionally explore level changes around the body. Performers should demonstrate good examples of body awareness (posture, line, shape, weight) with very little change in dynamic qualities. Ensemble Analysis will display a beginning level of artistic effort that focuses on clear staging of the elements, logical progression of ideas (horizontal orchestration) and the basic use of the design elements. The triad is never completely used with elements most often being presented singularly and occasionally presented two at a time. In General Effect, the concept and intent should be clear, consistent and moderately developed. Ideas should move successfully from one to another and the intent of the concept is not totally dependent on the role of the performers. Performer role, character and emotional development is evident but at a basic level with minimal changes.
  5. Scholastic B Class:
    This classification is the intermediate level of Class A competition. Unit members must attend the same school district. Members and instructors in the class have shown their experience as seasoned performers or directors at the intermediate level and are ready for more advanced involvement in the activity. This class will be judged on a Class A sheet.
  6. Scholastic A Class:
    This classification is the highest level of competition in Class A. Unit members must attend the same school district. Members and instructors in this class have shown their experience as seasoned performers or directors at the advanced level and are ready to be compared with all WGI Scholastic A guards. This class will be judged on a Class A sheet.
  7. Independent A Class:
    Units in this classification must meet all WGI requirements regarding A Class and Independent membership. Units in this class will be competing, and compared with the WGI Independent A guards. This class will be judged on a Class A sheet.
  8. Scholastic Open Class:
    Students range in age from 14 to 18 years. Unlike the SA guards, these groups have a stronger personality and are not similar to one another. Depth of training and skills are consistent to one another, and are more challenging. Most groups are not as physically mature as their counterparts in Independent Open. However, their programs are often freshly unique and original. This class will be judged on the WGI Open class sheet.
  9. Independent Open Class:
    Units in this classification must meet all WGI requirements regarding Open Class and Independent membership. Units in this class will be competing, and compared with the WGI Independent Open guards. This class will be judged on WGI Open class sheet.

PERCUSSION CLASSIFICATIONS:

(All percussion classifications may be combined if there are fewer than three (3) units in each classification.)

  1. Scholastic Regional Concert Class:
    All members attend the same school or feeder school. This class shall be restricted to units competing for the first time as an organized WGPO percussion ensemble. Units in this class may have traditionally focused on district or statewide solo and ensemble competitions (ie. OSSAA, UIL, TSSEC). The purpose of this class is to bring new percussion ensembles into the activity with the idea of nurturing members and instructors through the process of WGI and WGPO. (Units with one-year experience may be placed in this classification with the permission of the judges’ coordinator, contest director, and WGPO E-board approval). Scholastic regional class ensembles usually have one instructor who may not be a percussionist, have members which percussion is not their primary instrument, and have little or no experience on these instruments. This is where the beginner student discovers the joy of performing and realizes the sense of achievement as each skill is learned. Units will not be allowed to participate in this class for more than TWO (2) consecutive years. Units in this classification will be judged using the WGI ’A’ class criteria emphasizing the unique contributions concert percussion ensembles make to an overall band program. Minimum performance time of 2.5 minutes, maximum performance time of 6 minutes, interval of 9 minutes.
  2. Scholastic Marching B Class:
    All members attend the same feeder school. Ensembles are the younger less   developed participants. ‘B’ class ensembles have one instructor who may not be a percussionist, have members which percussion is not their primary instrument, and have little or no experience on these instruments. Battery members may not have marched in the fall during marching band. Flam passages (other than isolated flam attacks), open diddle passages, and fast open stroke rolls will be considered as basic ’A’ class skills, not beginner, ‘A’ class skills. These units may have limited use of facilities to rehearse. This is where the beginner student discovers the joy of performing and realizes the sense of achievement as each skill is learned. Units in this classification will be judged using the WGI ’A’ class criteria. Scores should relate and be compared to the ‘A’ class lines for the purpose of reviews and promotions.
  3. Scholastic Marching A Class:
    All members attend the same school or feeder school. Ensembles may have some members with indoor percussion experience but possibly not all. “A” Class ensembles typically have more instructors and have members, which have some intermediate level skills, but are not quite ready for the demands of Open class. These lines may have some means of rehearsal facilities and manage to rehearse on a fairly regular basis. Here is where the beginning to intermediate student starts to broaden their range of performance and skills. Units competing in this classification will be judged using the WGI “A Class” criteria. Any unit competing at a WGI event must compete in this class.
  4. Scholastic Concert A Class:
    All members attend the same school or feeder school.
  5. Independent Concert A Class:
    This class is for percussion units do not fall into the definition of a scholastic unit. The age limit is 14-21. Units competing in this classification will be judged using the WGI “A Class” criteria.
  6. Independent Marching A Class:
    This class is for percussion units who wish to combine the elements of percussion and marching but do not fall into the definition of a scholastic unit. The age limit is 14-21. Units competing in this classification will be judged using the WGI “A Class” criteria.