12/20/14 - Show Sign-Up Deadline

1/11/15 - Guard Clinic @ Denham Springs HS

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New LMCGPC Partnership  11/20/14
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new partnership with Billboard Tarps of Minneapolis, MN. They have kindly donated half of the cost of the circuits floor that will be used at all competitions, as well as free shipping. The floor will be a solid black, 60' x 90' floor covering in a 13 ounce weight. If you are looking for a plain floor to paint or use, we highly suggest giving them a call. Their floors come in many different sizes and two different weights (9 or 13 ounce). The standard winter floor is 50'x70' in which they offer at a GREAT price.
50x70 ft. 9 oz. - $385 + shipping
50x70 ft. 13 oz. - $560 + shipping
Their website has a longer list of sizes and prices here:
Again, please consider them as you plan for your winter season and in your future marching arts activities. The sales person of Billboard Tarps is Zeke Olson and can be reached at sales@skygroupcloseouts.com or 1(877) 771-8277.

Registration & Show Sign-Up  09/30/14

The Unit Registration form is up and running on the web site, and so is Show Sign Up.  Both can found under the 2015 Events tab. Both deadlines are still several weeks away, but you might want to start thinking about the indoor season now.
When you go to the Unit Registration form, if you click on your Section (guard, percussion or winds), the Classification (Cadet, Novice, etc.), the Unit (1st, 2nd or Guest), your total fees will be displayed. These fees will give you entry to as many shows as you want when you go to do the Show Sign Up. Your registration needs to be post marked or hand delivered to a member of the BOD by November 22, 2014.  The fee structure has been simplified for this year.  It is $485 for a 1st unit, $245 for a second unit and $50 per show for a Guest Unit.  Please remember that if you have a guard and a percussion unit or wind unit that those count as separate 1st units.  A second unit is a feeder group. These fees are in line with other circuits in our geographical area and are actually much lower than some other circuits around the country.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRINT OUT AT LEAST TWO COPIES OF YOUR REGISTRATION BEFORE YOU CLOSE THE WINDOW OUT.  Once that window is closed out the form cannot be retrieved.  You will need one copy to send in with your registration and we suggest that you keep one for your records. Cortney's address to mail the registration is at the bottom of the form. Please let me know if you have any questions.
When you go to the Show Sign Up form, please fill it out completely.  Once you click on your section (guard, percussion or winds), you will need to click your classification and then check the shows that you want to attend.  Please remember that in order to qualify for Circuit Championships you have to go to ONE OF THE FIRST TWO SHOWS (not including Field Day), which is either Comeaux H.S. or Gulfport H.S. for guard and Gulfport  H.S. or Jennings H.S. for percussion. In addition one of those two shows you must attend SAT LEAST TWO OTHER SHOWS to qualify for Circuit Championships.  We encourage you to attend as many shows as your travel budget (and sanity) allows to ensure that our show hosts have successful events.  As you may remember, the membership voted overwhelmingly at the Spring Meeting to stick by the qualification rules.  If you cannot attend one of the two qualifying shows and at least two others, you will not be able to compete at Circuit Championships.  You can still bring your group to perform in exhibition, but you will not be able to compete. Please remember, FIELD DAY DOES NOT COUNT AS A QUALIFIER FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS.
We are still trying to figure out exactly how many color guards we will be able to accommodate at the two field days.  Hopefully we will have that figured out in the next few days and I'll let everyone know as soon as we have that nailed down.  We will take units on a first come, first served basis, so, if you think you want to participate in field day, please go ahead and sign up for the one you want to go to when you do your show sign up.

WGI Rule/Policy Changes   09/23/14

Directors and Instructors,

I recently had the opportunity to attend the WGI Circuit Partner Symposium in Orlando, FL along with other circuit administrators from around the country. It was a very eye opening experience for me in all aspects of the indoor activity, especially with behind-the-scene things!
I wanted to send the newest Rule and Policy changes that will be taking place this season. Please read through them carefully. If you have any questions at all, please contact me or WGI for clarification. We discussed a few of these items at our Fall meeting, but I want to make sure that everyone is aware and informed. 

There were also several other items that WGI and other circuits will be implementing this year. After I have the opportunity to discuss these things with the Board of Directors and we make a decision/plan on how we will approach some of these items, we will let you know. Some of these items include the new Winds division and copyright issues. Please be on the lookout for this information soon!

-Craig Byers

2015 Schedule & Unit Application   09/10/14
The LMCGPC 2015 Contest Schedule has been posted. Thank you so much to all of our host schools for undertaking this monumental task. When choosing your shows, please try to attend as many as you can. Remember, these hosts are undertaking a large financial risk to sponsor these competitions. Please do all that you can by attending their shows.
Unit registration is up and running. You must have your group registered and fees paid no later than Saturday, November 22, 2014. Fees should be postmarked by and sent to Cortney Lyon or hand delivered to a BOD member at the LMEA convention in Baton Rouge no later than Saturday, November 22, 2014.  Any fees received after that date will be subject to a $25 late fee. Cortney's mailing address is on the registration form.
We are not ready to begin show sign up for another week or so.  We will let you know when that feature is live on the web site. The show sign up deadline will be Saturday, December 20, 2014. That's four weeks before the field day weekend.

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

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.