One of the best things about participating in the marching arts is the opportunity one gets to meet wonderful and talented people. At many shows you would swear that you are at a family reunion instead of a competition where performers are battling it out to be crowned champions. This year's WGI Color Guard Championships were no exception, and getting to bring our exhibition booth to the "tent" was an incredible experience. We met people from all over the country, and even had a chance to speak with those that came from Canada, The Netherlands, and even as far as Japan.
One of the best things about the face to face interaction is seeing and hearing the passion people have for the performing and marching arts. It was also great to see so many families supporting their children's endeavors. Many of the performers (and quite often fans) were visibly exhausted from the often grueling schedule of early wake up calls and multiple performances at 3 different arenas throughout the week, but all seemed to handle it with a sense of grace and professionalism that is a trademark of what they do. So many times we only a get a chance to interact with many of you over the phone or through an e-mail, so it was a refreshing change to have that personal element of an actual in-person conversation.
The performances at WGI were some of the best ever, and there seemed to be an endless display of artistry, talent, and athleticism. The range and variety of aesthetics on the floor was incredible. At the end of the week our crew walked away with the continued respect and admiration for all the hard work and energy that performers, volunteers, staff, and families put into making sure events like these exist and thrive. The feedback and input we received from so many of you out there will help our staff as we begin to start the process all over again to develop our 2013 lineup of quality products geared at making sure your group has all the tools necessary to look, sound, and perform your best. We look forward to meeting more of you at future events! If you were not able to sign up for the 2012 Catalog, which ships out soon, make sure to request one here.