MERCED COUNTY, CA – This coming year the Merced High School Winterguard is hoping to travel to Dayton, OH from April 4th – 9th, 2017, to participate in the Winterguard International (WGI) National Championships. These student-athletes will also be traveling to regional competitions in Bakersfield, CA and Union City, CA; as well as a the WGI Western Championships which is anticipated to, once again, be held in Las Vegas, NV, as a part of their competitive season leading up to nationals.

WGI “Sport of the Arts” is the world’s premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion, and wind ensemble competitions. As a non-profit youth organization, WGI serves as the leading governing body of the indoor winter guard, percussion and winds activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. For more information about WGI, please visit

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The Merced Winterguard will spend three very long days competing against approximately 120 other winterguard programs from all over the United States. The winterguard has never attended this prestigious event, largely due to costs. However, given the successes of the their 2016 season, the students have set their sights on competing at a national level and are already working hard to fund the necessary costs.

The Merced High School Winterguard program has steadily been building momentum and recognition these past three years. This past March, the Merced Winterguard placed 4th out of thirty-six ensembles at the WGI, Western Championships in Las Vegas, improving upon their 2015 score by almost 8 points and moving up two placements. As a result of their hard work and diligence, their score of 84.365 would have had them seeded as 8th in the country had they been able to travel to nationals this year. The students were the SJVCGPR Champions here in the Central Valley in 2014, and were the 1st runner up in 2015 and 2016. They have consistently place in the top 4 at regional WGI events in California and the Western United States, and are now seeking to expand their experience and be exposed to a broader national level of competition.

All donations will be used to help cover the costs for transportation and hotels for the five day stay in Dayton, OH. Any support that the Merced and outlying communities are willing to lend would be graciously appreciated by your students as it would continue to allow them to work toward their goals of achieving success on a national level.

Jennifer L. Lawton
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Merced High School Winterguard

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