Notre Dame College Indoor Percussion Elevated to Higher Level of Global Competit

Notre Dame College Indoor Percussion Elevated to Higher Level of Global Competition

The Notre Dame College Indoor Percussion Ensemble (NDIPE) has been promoted by Winter Guard International (WGI), the governing body of international competition, to the Percussion Independent Open Class.

The move makes NDIPE the only open-class competitive ensemble in Northeast Ohio.

This promotion, determined by a panel of judges and the WGI Advisory Council, is based upon a higher level of performance and show difficulty exemplified by the program and its members.

“This is a great honor and testament to the hard work put forth by students and staff, old and new,” said William Neater, Ed.D., Director of Performing Arts at Notre Dame, “We are excited to see where this next chapter of open-class competition takes the College name. It is a tremendous accomplishment for these performers, this staff and our program as a whole. We are thankful for the College’s support, and are proud to bring NDC to a new level of international competition.”

NDIPE, along with the Notre Dame College Indoor Color Guard (NDCICG), compete regionally and nationally including shows in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Charlotte, and WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

The ensemble’s 2014 show is titled “23,” and is based around the theory of “The 23 Enigma.” It features a wide variety of visual and musical interpretations of world events that are connected through the number “23.” The group currently has 31 members, each adding a unique sound and attitude to the performance.

The Notre Dame College and Northeast Ohio communities will have their one and only chance to see a full performance of the Department of Performing Arts Indoor Percussion Ensemble and Color Guard  at 7 p.m. March 28 in the campus Keller Center. The show is free and open to the public as well as students, faculty and staff, although a suggested donation of at least one scratch-off lottery ticket will be accepted.


About Notre Dame College Performing Arts

The Department of Performing Arts program aims to integrate music into the lives of students, and into the campus culture of Notre Dame College while also supporting students’ by fostering synergistic ties to academic goals and student success at the collegiate level.

For more information on the Notre Dame Department of Performing Arts, Like Notre Dame College Performing Arts on Facebook, Follow us @NDCPerforms on Twitter, or Email Bneater@ndc.edu. Information also is available on the college website at www.NotreDameCollege.edu/PerformingArts.



For 91 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Highlights of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff and small class sizes.