WGI has evolved and grown over the years and this year was no exception. Now celebrating their 35th anniversary, more than 11,000 participants from all over the world competed in the 2012 WGI World Championships.
Hailing from Chino Hills, CA and directed by Ian Grom and John Mapes, the Chino Hills Percussion Ensemble finished their undefeated season taking home the 1st place victory in the Percussion Scholastic World division.
In the Percussion Independent World division, the Riverside Community College Winter Drumline from Riverside, CA won top honors placing first with a score of 97.0875. The Riverside Community College Winter Drumline is led by Sean Vega, Jim Wunderlich and Mike Jackson.
An unprecedented, record-setting high score of 99.6 gave Woodbridge High School the first place medal in the Scholastic Concert World division.
From Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the Spirit of America Percussion Ensemble placed first in the Percussion Independent A division. Directed by Ian Hale, Spirit of America recently took a trip to South Africa where they learned about music and culture to better prepare themselves for their African themed performance at WGI.
The following is a summary of Zildjian units placing within the top 3 positions:
Percussion Independent World
1st place – Riverside Community College
2nd place – Music City Mystique
3rd place – Pulse Percussion
Percussion Scholastic World
1st place – Chino Hills HS
2nd place – Dartmouth HS
Percussion Scholastic Concert World
1st place – Woodbridge HS
Percussion Independent Open
3rd place – Orange County Independent Percussion
Percussion Scholastic Open
2nd place – Victor J. Andrew HS
Percussion Independent A
1st place – Spirit of America Percussion Ensemble
Congratulations to all of the Zildjian units who competed in the 2012 WGI World Championships. Way to go!!! We appreciate all of your support. To see photos of all the winners, visit our facebook album.