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THE CULTURE

INDOOR PERCUSSION

The Indoor Percussion culture is one of the newest genres of marching percussion. Getting its footing in the mid-late 80s, indoor percussion started with various events that showcased marching percussion lines performing isolated events aside from the main marching band/drum corps ensembles.

As the demand and complexity of the activity grew, so did the need for different regulations and environments which helped lead to the formation and inclusion of indoor percussion circuits. In some cases indoor percussion classifications were added to already existing organizations such as Winterguard International (also known as WGI).

Winterguard International, 2012 Percussion World Championships Montage

As the indoor percussion activity has grown, so has the need for elevated musicianship, design, and professionalism. Most groups at the elite levels of World-Class spend hundreds of hours during the weekends of a season perfecting a production that has been designed by the best marching arts professionals and being taught by the highest-caliber of educators from around the world. A typical production can last anywhere from 4-minutes up to 8-minutes and feature thousands of dollars in props, uniforms/costumes, music, and other specialty items such as electronics and narration.

While most groups opt to create a story-based production, some groups create abstract shows that allow the viewer to interpret their meaning and enhance the creativity and artistry of the performers.

Marching Indoor Percussion productions include the use of