A note from Karl Lowe of WGI
Now- I have some questions for each and every one of you. Answer them if you dare!
· Is your group visually striking before they start?
· Can your performers capture and hold the audience’s attention?
· Would a stranger define your group’s performance by its strengths or vulnerabilities? (Today, not April.)
· Do you use the same space as a default mode for major focus moments? …Same visual weight in open forms (interval/distance)?
· Do you have a moment where you use motion as an effect?
· Do you use motion to show off your choreographic skills? …Or are you just decorating transitions?
· How much time do you spend in common default carry positions? (bar-hold/right shoulder/side carry/tuck/right arm extended…etc.)
· Do you fill equipment moments and transition moments with default movement choices? Do you dedicate as much energy finding movement options during non-movement moments? …Be honest!
· Do you show any invention in your (eq & mvt) choreography? Do you have a moment of unexpected choice?
· Can any other color guard instructor see how your premise informs the:
· Do you create an equipment impact that does not involve a toss? Can you? Is that all you got? …Is it just on flag?
· How much time do you spend walking/marching/running into position for a hold?
· Have you choreographed any equipment changes that happen on the front?
· Can you point to a moment in your show that is an overt “bullet-proof” achievement, 99% of the time? …What percentage of the performers are involved in that moment?
· Is there an easy proof in your choreography that shows a contrast in dynamic efforts (Speed? Plane? Weight? Flow?) Show dramatic shifts in qualities! Prove you are able!
· Do your spatial developments have as strong a voice as your choreographic choices? Can you choreograph the space with the same commitment as you choreograph the steps and spins?
· If your performers were in equipment warm-up with the other performers in their class, would you be able to pick them out? Can you identify and articulate a stylistic difference beyond the skills themselves? (Just “stuff” is not enough!)
· Do you show proof that you can craft meaningful rifle and sabre phrases? …Really?
· Do you show a moment of proof that you can coordinate parts?
· What do you do that is worth stealing?
TECA would like to announce for the 2020 Season:
Our Printing Partnership with FLASH Visual Media
Important information from WGI regarding prop safety.
2020 TECA Contest Schedule:
18 – TECA North Contest – Medina Valley HS, Castroville, TX (Guard Only)
25 – TECA South Contest – Weslaco East HS, Weslaco, TX (Guard Only)
1 – TECA North Contest – Harlandale HS, San Antonio, TX (Guard/Percussion/Winds)
• WGI San Antonio CG Regional
8 – TECA South Contest – Hidalgo Early College HS, Hidalgo, TX (Guard/Percussion/Winds)
• WGI Dallas & Houston CG Regional
15 – TMEA
22 – TECA North Contest – Harlandale HS, San Antonio, TX (Guard/Percussion/Winds)
29 – TECA South Contest – Mission HS, Mission, TX (Guard/Percussion/Winds)
• WGI Austin CG Regional
• WGI Houston Percussion/Winds Regional
7 – TECA North Contest – J. M. Harlan HS, San Antonio, TX (Guard/Percussion/Winds)
• WGI Dallas Percussion/Winds Regional
14 – TECA South Contest – Edinburg HS, Edinburg, TX (Guard/Percussion/Winds)
TECA Championship Block
21 – TECA North CG Championships – Southwest HS, San Antonio, TX
• WGI Southwestern CG Power Regional
28 – TECA South CG Championships – Hidalgo Early College HS, Hidalgo, TX
4 – TECA Perc/Winds Championships – Mission HS, Mission, TX
*YOU MUST ATTEND TWO TECA SHOWS TO QUALIFY FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS.*
(One Show in Block A & One Show in Block B)
(A WGI REGIONAL WILL NOT COUNT AS A SHOW FOR ONE TECA BLOCK)
Q. Where can I find the contest information packet, schedule, or critique schedules?Q. Where can I update my Spiel Sheet?
Visit the Registration page and edit your unit. We pull spiel sheet data on the morning of each contest, so any changes you make will be announced at your next performance. (Pronunciation guides for tough names are awesome! Also we may edit the content for clarity and length, at the announcer's discretion.)
Q. Where can I view the circuit by-laws, contest rules, and timing requirements for my classification?
These and more can all be found at the Forms page.
Q. Where can I find judges recap sheets, panels, or the full WGI rulebook for each classification?
Head to the Judges area. You'll need to log in first.
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Mission HS, Mission, TX
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President: Jeremy Contreras, Earl Warren HS
Vice President of Colorguard: Ronald Burton, John Marshall HS
Vice President of Percussion: TBA
Vice President of Winds: Fred Rodriguez, Laredo Independent Indoor Winds
Treasurer: Megan Crumrine, James Madison HS
Secretary: Danielle Ramirez, Southwest Legacy HS
Historian: Jacob Barrientes, Earl Warren HS
Parliamentarian: Ruben Alejandre: Medina Valley HS
Education Director of Color Guard: Kelly Spencer
Education Director of Percussion: Steven McCardle
Color Guard Chief Judge: Shirley Williams
Percussion Chief Judge: Emily Tannert Patterson
Tabulator: Jonathan San Roman
Sound Staff: Nicholas Flynt
Webmaster: Nathan Flynt
Old contest data may be found in the archives.