Miamisburg Winds aim to repeat Winter Guard International win
Miamisburg Winds is made up of students who are all members of the Miamisburg band program and typically ages 13 to 18 with that “pretty evenly split” between grades 8 and 12, he said.
“In this particular set, the students play instruments and move around on a gymnasium floor, like what you would see in a high school marching band,” Aylward said. “In some ways, Winds is a cross between marching band and activities like dancing and winter watch.”
Any group that wants to compete can do so, provided they take part in a regional competition earlier in the season, he said. The WGI Championships were the highlight of the season for all bands in attendance, Aylward said.
It was Miamisburg’s fifth time at the WGI World Championships, he said. “Our highest placing before this year was fourth, so that was a big step up for us,” Aylward said.
The students had been working on the show since late November, training several times a week and competing in several competitions starting in January, he said.
“They worked incredibly hard and also balanced that with a lot of other responsibilities in their lives,” Aylward said. “Each of these students is also involved in other aspects of our orchestral program, such as the concert band. Many of them also work and several of them are also involved in sports teams such as athletics, baseball, softball and swimming.
The group, which is now gearing up for the marching band season for the fall, will start straight after preparing for its upcoming winter season, he said.
“We’ve set a very high bar this year, so we know we’re going to have to work hard to try to reach it in the future,” said Aylward.