Notre Dame Band, Color Guard Finish Strong at World Championships

The Notre Dame College Department of Performing Arts Indoor Ensembles continued their dominance at WGI (Winter Guard International) World Championships over the past two weekends. WGI is the international sanctioning competitive organization that represents the final and highest level of competition in the Indoor Marching Arts activity for units across the globe.

The Indoor Percussion Ensemble (NDIPE) placed fourth in Finals competition and the Indoor Color Guard (NDICG) reached Semi-Finals in their class in two consecutive championship events against international competition in Dayton, Ohio, where they faced off against the best groups in the nation and the world.

The Indoor Color Guard started this last level of competition during the weekend of April 11-13at the Dayton Convention Center. In Preliminary competition, the guard competed against over 75 different teams and advanced onto a coveted semi-finals performance at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. There, the Guard challenged 40 other units and finished seventh in their division, with a strong performance in the overall field of tough competitors. The preliminary score of a 81.7 helped propel the group to new personal highs in WGI contests.

The Percussion Ensemble wrapped up their record-breaking season on April 17-19, also in Dayton, Ohio. Competing against some of the best units the program has ever seen, the ensemble rocketed into Finals with an astounding Preliminary performance. With a WGI personal record score of 92.6, they placed fourth overall in their respective division; an all-time high for the program.

Both of these impressive weekends were preceded by a complete sweep of the Mid East Performing Associations (MEPA) Championships the weekend of April 4-6. NDIPE and NDICG won first place in their respective classes, a feat never reached by both groups in one year.

These events mark the end of another great season for the Notre Dame College Indoor Ensembles and sets the bar at unprecedented heights for the next year, according to Notre Dame Director of Bands Bill Neater. "The energy, dedication, and enthusiasm of this group of students in both the NDCICG and NDIPE is a testament to the work ethic that we want to see in society. Even amidst a challenging year, both of these groups excelled competitively, and made a positive impact on the activity. These are truly special students to me, and I'm looking forward to seeing these ensembles continue to spread the good work we are doing here at NDC across the activity. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to work with these students and my staff to bring about a season of such great memories".

More information on Winter Guard International or the Mid-East Performance Association is available online.

Follow the success of the Notre Dame College Department of Bands by going to their website at www.NotreDameCollege.edu/band. Access to NDIPE and NDCICG scores, media, and information can be obtained from there.

Follow the NDC Band Program and the Indoor Ensembles on Twitter (@NDCBAND) and "Like" our NDC Band Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/NDCPerformingArts and our Indoor Ensemble pages at www.Facebook.com/NDCIndoorPercussion (NDIPE) and www.Facebook.com/NDCICG.

For additional information you may contact Director of Bands Bill Neater at bneater@ndc.edu or by calling 216-373-6399.