Using the medium of the Winter Percussion activity, Spirit WP is dedicated to teaching life lessons through the pursuit of individual excellence and personal growth. Through mutual respect, the integrated outcome makes the impossible possible.
About Spirit Winter Percussion
Spirit Winter Percussion (www.spiritwp.org), under the direction of Richard K. Pugsley, ranges in age from 10 to 22. Every year the group immerses itself in a richly educational process of developing a dynamic, indoor show from its initial conception, to full production. The season culminates at the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, where Spirit earned the Gold medal in their division in 2012, and the Bronze and Fan Favorite award in 2013. Advancing to the Open Class division in 2014, they proceeded to earned the Gold medal in the Open Class in 2015 with a record breaking high score, and the Silver medal in 2016. WGI, the “Sport of the Arts,” combines music, marching, dance, and theatre, in an explosively energetic art form that pushes the boundaries physically, emotionally, educationally, and creatively, opening new worlds of discovery for the young people who participate. In addition to teaching the rudiments of music and marching, the experience of Winter Percussion helps young people to develop essential life skills of leadership, teamwork, discipline, empathy, and respect. The ensemble regularly offers school assemblies and public performances for the wider community on Cape Cod, and hosts an annual Day of Percussion featuring world-class percussion artists for a day of free clinics and performances offered to students throughout New England. Spirit Winter Percussion is open to any young person under age 22. Since its inception in 2004, every year in which Spirit has participated in WGI World Championships, the group has been Finalists!
About WGI Sport of the Arts
Winter Guard International (WGI) Sport of the Arts (www.wgi.org) provides a venue for young people to achieve the extraordinary through performance and competition. Founded in 1977, WGI Sport of the Arts is the fastest growing activity in the world of pageantry arts and is the world’s premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion ensemble, and most recently, wind ensemble competitions. As a non-profit youth organization, WGI serves as the leading governing body of the winter guard and indoor percussion activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. This activity continues to evolve and grow, becoming very popular throughout the US. There were more than 36,000 participants at the regional level, and more than 12,000 participants at the World Championships in Dayton, Ohio last April.