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February 25, 2019

Drumline - Winter Guard International in Temecula

 Winter Guard International (WGI)  is the governing body for Color Guard, Winds and Percussion events as the ‘Sport of Arts’.  Bringing music to life through interpretation, performance and competition.
Great Oak High School in Temecula hosted the SoCal regional competition with 32 events this past weekend.
Great Oak has a huge campus in a beautiful location in Temecula.

The teams practice is outside and each of the individual team groups rehearse their portion of the routine separately.

As we wandered the practice are we were captivated with the raindrop sounds this group was practicing.  Reminded me of the mule hooves in the Grand Canyon Sweet.  Just mesmerizing ...

AI thought this group had the best outfits in their Native American dress.

At the time neither Fran nor I had any idea this was Kg's Mission Hills High!
There she is second from the right!

They are now packing it up to enter the staging area, time for us the find Kami and Aj.

The competition is held indoors on the basketball court.  Action is pretty much non-stop as each team has a couple minutes to setup, five minutes to perform their best and a couple minutes to tear down.

Kg is competing in the Scholastic Open (aka High School) with her Mission Hills High School Band.  Here are a few random pictures from other groups in her division.  Each demonstrate a unique theme and interpretive music and dance to support their chosen theme.  And notice the difference performance floors?  Each group provides their own.

The Cosmos!  Narration by clips from Carl Sagan.  The dance floor looks like a Hubble photo.  So are we alone?

Earth and Sea, another interesting floor and a unique way the floor was divided.

Kg's Mission Hills HS is finally up.  Both Kami and Jason are totally active in the design and construction of the props.  The tree is PVC and cardboard, green on this side and burned on the other - that's a difference performance. ...

There's Kg taking it easy in her starting position.

That's Kg hiding behind the cymbals.

So what is she doing behind the cymbals?  Being transformed into 'Mother Nature'!  Had I known Kg was the star I'd brought more than a puny cell phone!

Take a bow Kg you and your team were awesome!

Want to see more of the performance?  Mission Hills Band has 42 photos and a 10 minute video on there Facebook Page.

Pirates are fun

Kami and Jason design and build the props for Mission Hills.  They do a great job, but this rotating 7-piece platform has got to be the next challenge for them ... That's what they get for raising the bar!  They’ve figured out airplanes, multi purpose banners, reusable floors and backgrounds ...

These last couple pics are of team Gold Percussion.  The kids here have to audition and if selected, pay to participate. Kg has been one of those selected to be part of the team next year!

Sitting in the stands with Fran, Kami and Aj while watching Kg and the efforts of the other teams.  For sure there were No Bad Days!  Your day may not have had the energy and volume, but hope it was just as good.  My ears have finally stopped ringing so leave a comment and I will reply.


  1. What an amazing display of talent thanks for all the great pictures.

    1. It is an abundance of energy and talent for sure. The kids only have 5 minutes to make an impression and they give it their best.

  2. Fun time. Looks like some great performances.

    1. It indeed was fun/great time! It would have been nice if the program contained a bit of info on each event to help understand the teams interpretation of their performance.


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