The Hall of Fame is the highest honor to those individuals who make a significant contribution to WGI, and who have in some way influenced the course of our history. Their contribution may be made through artistic standards, administrative leadership or adjudication. Please welcome the newest additions to the WGI Hall of Fame.
For percussionists involved in indoor percussion and drum corps, Tom Aungst is a staple. His career includes a relationship with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps starting in 1981, during which time the percussion section attained seven high drum trophies. He currently serves as the percussion director for the Dartmouth school district in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Dartmouth’s Scholastic World indoor drumline (PSW) consistently places within the top three and has set the standard for production and performance quality since their inception. Aungst’s indoor productions push the boundaries between drumline and theatrics without losing the quality of the players in his lines. In a few words, Tom Aungst has it figured out.
In 2014, Winter Guard International welcomes Tom Aungst to the WGI Hall of Fame. Tom took some time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions about his career, design process, and educational philosophy. Read the full interview here.
Julie Davila is no stranger to the indoor percussion activity. In fact, her familiarity with it stems from a chronology of teaching and judging that parallels the rise of WGI percussion, through innovation and rule amendments, which has brought the activity to where it is today. In recent years, she has judged some of the most groundbreaking productions to date. Alongside Tom Aungst and Jim Dwyer, WGI welcomes Julie Davila to the Hall of Fame in 2014.
Originally from Missouri, Julie attended college at the renowned University of North Texas, where she competed with the UNT Drumline, Wind Ensemble, Graduate Percussion Ensemble, and Steel Drum Band. She was a member of the Phantom Regiment front ensemble in 1986, winning the PAS mallet individual competition in 1987. Read the full story here.
“It’s like anything else in life. It all boils down to priorities and balance.”
Few statements possess the ability to capture the essence of an individual, both in respects to their personal and professional demeanor – but the preceding collection of words said by the man himself paint an accurate portrait of who Jim Dwyer is – on and off the competitive floor.
Known to many within the activity as the WGI Visual Caption Head, as well as an experienced Visual judge in several local circuits across the nation, Jim Dwyer is not solely accustomed to working within the judging realm. Read the full story here.