University of North Georgia’s (UNG) award-winning Golden Eagle Band competed in the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships at the University of Dayton in April and finished fourth among teams from the Netherlands and Japan.
In the regional events prior to the world championships, the band was ranked first in the Independent World Class Winds division both at the Georgia Indoor Percussion Association Regional and in the WGI Atlanta Regional. They were also seeded number one as a result of their outstanding performance placements in previous regional events.
"The world championship brought the best marching units from around the country and around the world together for three days of fierce competition. I am very proud of how competitive our group was, even though this was their first year," said Andy David, head of the department of music at UNG.
The band includes 55 performers from all five UNG campuses with skills in percussion, winds and visual performance.
The WGI Sport of the Arts is the world's premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion and wind ensemble competitions.