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About WGAZ

An experience where competition is rooted in education.

WGAZ was founded to draw together the growing winter guard, percussion, wind activity, standardize rules, and provide leadership and guidance in a competitive venue.

Now there is an organization in Arizona that offers:

  • Internationally recognized and standardized judging criteria within the winter guard, percussion, and wind activity.
  • Improved communication.
  • Cooperation of local circuit organizations.
  • An educational division offering clinics, printed and video materials regarding the color guard, percussion, wind activities.
  • A network of local contests in Arizona culminating in an annual championship show each spring.


WGAZ is a non-profit umbrella guiding the competitive development of winter guards, percussion ensembles, and wind ensembles in the southwest. WGAZ is governed by a Board of Directors representing the competing members of WGAZ from around the state of Arizona.


Our mission is to foster growth and quality in the performing arts by offering exceptional performance and educational opportunities for our community.


WGAZ has chosen competition as its method for organizing youth activities in pursuit of high standards of achievement. The two-day Championship event showcases more than 160 ensembles from across the state of Arizona. Member units prepare for this event by competing in at least three WGAZ sanctioned competitions through a competition season.


Available for members under Resources.