9/7/14 - Fall Meeting - 1:00 PM @ 
Ponchatoula H.S. Band Room


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Copyright Changes from WGI   09/02/14
WGI Director Bulletin

Directors / Instructors

During the recent WGI Board of Directors meeting, there were two music copyright policy changes that will need your attention for the upcoming 2015 season.

1.  WGI Sport of the Arts now requires all participating groups to any WGI event to comply with their copyright policies regarding performance and use of arrangements of copyrighted music.  The focus of this policy in the past was targeted to World Championships participants, and now applies to all regional events as well.

2.  The policy on song selections on the “restricted music” list was stiffened to read that: Groups using music on this list will not be allowed to participate at WGI events. (Note: songs being “covered” by a different artist still fall into the restricted list).


Before December 1st - submit your groups Song Selection Information via the director’s only website. It is the responsibility of the group director to keep all copyright information submitted to WGI current.  If copyright violation (song on the restricted list is being used) is found to exist, disqualification will occur. Disqualifications can happen during a competitive event (ex: between prelims and finals).  Misrepresentation of show content, even through omission, is considered in violation of this rule.

Safety Policy Change from WGI   08/25/14

WGI Director Bulletin

Directors / Instructors

Over the course of the past few seasons, WGI has been aware of an increased use of props that could potentially endanger performers in competition.  With the activity reaching new heights in terms of creativity props have gotten taller, more elaborate, and occasionally the risk has exceeded what we consider safe for our events. 

While WGI certainly does not want to stifle innovation and creativity in the planning of any program, it is necessary that we insure that an unfortunate situation does not occur.  At the annual meeting of the WGI Board of Directors, the following policy was passed and will be inserted into the rules for all color guard, percussion and winds competitions beginning in 2015:

WGI Sport of the Arts strongly recommends that performing groups and their directors/staff use the utmost caution and forethought in planning and use of props that might place participants (and others) in potential danger during assembly or use.

Props built and/or used by groups at WGI events, including drum major podiums, that measure over six (6) feet high and are used in such a way that result in a participant whose feet are more than six (6) feet above the competition area must have appropriate safety railings in place. 

Participants are prohibited from jumping or leaping off any prop that exceeds six (6) feet in height unless protective padding is in place or other adequate safety precautions are taken.

PENALTY:  At the discretion of the Contest Director, including (but not limited to) prohibition of the use of the overheight/unsafe prop(s) or disqualification.  Such penalty can be assessed based on a number of factors, including the height, number, and/or type of equipment subject to penalty and the possibility of a safety or property damage issue arising from the use of such equipment.

If you have any question about any prop you are currently considering for your program, please contact:

Dale Powers, Director of Color Guard        

Mark Thurston, Director of Percussion    

Wayne Markworth, Director of Winds        

We look forward to another season of amazing and safe performances in 2015. 

Ron Nankervis
WGI Executive Director

Show Host Applications   08/02/14

The Show Hosting Application for the 2015 LMCGPC season is now on the web site.  The form can be found under the "2015 Events" tab. 

Please fill out all of the fields INCLUDING THE PICTURES.  Please do this even if you have hosted a show before.  This way we will have them on file and you will not need to send pictures after this year if you have hosted before and we have them already.  Also, please make sure that your facility meets all of the criteria listed at the top of the page, especially if this is your first time applying.  When you have filled in all of the fields click "Submit" and it will be saved and sent to Craig and Randy.  We do suggest that you save and print a copy for your records.
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 BY 6:00 PM.  That's the Monday prior to the Fall Meeting - also Labor Day. The draw for the show dates will be held at the Fall Meeting and you or one of your representatives MUST be at the meeting to be a part of the lottery style drawing. 
Before you apply to host a LMCGPC 2015 show, please make sure that you have the full support and backing of your school board, administration and booster organization.  Once you apply and are assigned a show you will be expected to fulfill this obligation.  Should you not fulfill the obligation your group will most likely not be allowed to apply to host a show in the future.  Please make sure that you have all of this in order before you submit your application.

New Sponsor: Digital Marching FX   06/13/14

We are pleased to announce that Eric Sabach, owner of Digital Marching FX, is one of the newest sponsors of the LMCGPC.  Eric and his company donated the beautiful new LMCGPC banner that we flew this past year at championships.  Eric has also offered to provide championship class banners for next year as well as table drapes and a smaller banner to display at all circuit shows.  Thanks in advance to Digital Matching FX for these donations to the circuit.

We ask that you please consider Digital Marching FX when purchasing equipment and such for this years marching show as well as for the upcoming winter season.

Website: www.digitalmarchingfx.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/digitalmarchingfx
Eric's Email: ericsabach@gmail.com

On behalf of the LMCGPC BOD, we want to thank Eric and Digital Marching FX for their continued support of the pageantry activity in general and the LMCGPC in particular.


Steve Weiss   05/21/14

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Steve Weiss. His indelible mark on the percussion community will be felt forever. Steve's love for his family, his care for his employees and his long lasting customer relationships enabled Steve to enrich so many people’s lives that were fortunate enough to share time with him.

We will miss him dearly and are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve.

Steve Weiss
1943 - 2014

Meeting Minutes   05/12/14
The minutes from the LMCGPC Spring Meetings have been posted to the website in the "About" section. Under the "Meeting Minutes" link, you will find minutes from the Percussion Advisory Board meeting, the Color Guard Advisory Board meeting and the General Meeting.  Thanks so much to Rhonda McLaughlin and Clayton Benoit for assembling these documents.  Please let us know if you have any questions.  As you will see, there are several things that will be voted on at the Fall Meeting, so please familiarize yourselves with these items.  If you have any questions about any percussion items, please contact John Dunlap.  For questions on color guard proposals, contact Deon Williams and for general agenda meeting questions, please contact Craig Byers.  
Have a great summer!!

New Board of Directors   04/27/14

Congratulations to the 2014-15 LMCGPC Board of Directors who were elected today.  The new BOD is as follows:
Executive Director - Craig Byers, Central Lafourche H.S. & Voodoo Independent
Treasurer - Cortney Lyon, A.M. Barbe H.S.
Secretary - Clayton Benoit, Acadiana H.S.
Color Guard Representative - Deon Williams, Vandebilt Catholic H.S. & Crescent City C.G.
Percussion Representative - John Dunlap, Biloxi H.S.
Contest Director - Randy Weaver
Thanks also to the out going board members for all of their hard work and dedication to the circuit this past year-Stephanie Burroughs, Pineville H.S., Tommy Burroughs, South Side Junior H.S. and Rhonda McLaughlin, TCA Independent, West Ouachita H.S. & Caldwell Parish H.S.  Thanks for all you do.

A Huge Thank You!   03/31/14

Congratulations on an incredible Championship Weekend!  We hope that not only the weekend but the entire 2014 season was a positive experience for you, your staff, students and parents.  Thanks to all for everything you do for our activity.

Also an extended thank you to the following units for assisting in making sure that Championships ran smoothly: Tioga HS, Tioga JHS, Pineville HS, Jennings HS, Central Lafourche HS, Houma JHS, Gulfport HS, Pickering HS, Crescent City Color Guard, Denham Springs HS, TCA Independent, Neville HS, West Ouachita HS, Caldwell Parish HS, Barbe HS, Carly Latas, David Smelser & Denise & Melvin Duncan.  Special thanks to Scott Geiger, Comeaux HS, for producing the championship program.