20 ensembles entered the University of Dayton arena today, but only 15 will go on, and the battle for medal positions promises to hold our interest to the end.
Here’s the official score recap from WGI.
Unfortunately, this is the end of the line for OC Indoor, Orange County Independent, George Mason University, Dark Sky Percussion, and Blue Knights, but they should hold their heads high. This was unquestionably the most deep and talented field of competitors the activity has ever seen. Which leads us to our first story line to watch heading into finals.
The fans won
2015 was a banner year for WGI. The Winds division is blossoming and the organization launched an all new media streaming platform. But it was the fans who have truly won. This was unquestionably the deepest and most developed field of competition ever seen in the PIW division of WGI, and the fans were treated to a smorgasbord of incredible design and impressive performances. WGI Percussion is entering its heyday, and it’s exciting to watch.
The medal race is real
RCC Indoor, Music City Mystique, and Pulse Percussion sit within less than a point and a half of each other. Odds are slim that either Pulse or MCM could catch RCC, but stranger things have happened. The real battle is for second. Only 0.263 points separates Mystique and Pulse. Keep an eye out for the group that pumps the most focused passion and energy into their performance to claim silver tomorrow in Dayton.
New faces in finals, new rivals
This is the first time Cavaliers Indoor Percussion and Cadets Winter Percussion have made it to WGI finals in the PIW division. While both groups are attached to DCI World Class drum and bugle corps, they have taken very different paths to get to this point.
Cavaliers Indoor Percussion was originally known as Green Thunder Percussion and moved through Independent A Class (2009) and Independent Open Class (2010 – 2013) before the organization was rebranded and promoted to World Class in 2014.
Cadets Winter Percussion (a YEA ensemble) came out of the gate in 2014 on a tear, taking gold at the WGI World Championships in the PIO division. The ensemble moved to PIW for 2015 and hasn’t disappointed. Currently sitting in a three way log jam, Cadets Winter Percussion has a chance to finish in the top six on Saturday.
The few, the proud
Fans will be treated to a special performance tomorrow during tabulation. In an exhibition setting, the drumline from the Marine Drum & Bugle Corps will perform live for the first time as a separate entity from the brass. Here’s a preview of what to expect from The Commandant’s Own.