Vanguard Winter Percussion

Started in 2010, Vanguard Winter Percussion (VWP) is an indoor marching percussion ensemble that travels, performs, and competes during the winter months each year. For the first time in 2011, VWP traveled to Dayton, OH to compete in the WGI World Championships where they earned the Independent Open Class gold medal, placing 1st out of 19 groups from around the country. Currently the ensemble competes in the Independent World Class division, and they recently made WGI Finals and placed 9th place with their 2014 program, “The Train Ride Home.” VWP holds auditions in the fall for experienced young percussions between the ages of 16 and 22. The ensemble competes in the following circuits: Northern California Percussion Alliance (NCPA), California Color Guard Circuit (CCGC), Central Valley Guard and Percussion Circuit (CVGPC), and Winter Guard International (WGI).

Vanguard Winter Percussion Archive

Vanguard Winter Percussion will be on an interlude for the 2017 competitive season.
As we go into our organization’s 50th anniversary we are working to offer various programs to our DCI, WGI, local competitive and educational communities.

Finding the right combination of staff, membership, rehearsal facilities, and resources is always a challenge in any performing arts unit. With this hiatus we will be able to realign the goals of the Vanguard Winter Percussion to serve the mission of our organization in future seasons.

“We will continue to use our resources to find new ways to offer increased opportunities for participation, education, and excellence in the performing arts.”
Charles Frost, Executive Director

Any percussionist interested in participating in our private lesson program are welcomed to email ahill@scvanguard.org to sign up for a lesson time.

We are also looking for three percussionist to fill out the percussion section of our youth brass ensemble starting again in January 2017. Email ahill@scvanguard.org for more information.

VWP Director Nate Bourg departed after the 2016 season to focus on other career endeavors, but worked with the Administration prior to his departure to brainstorm future plans for the program. A special thank you to Nate and the entire VWP staff for all that they have done to make our organization a success. We look forward to returning to WGI and NCPA in the near future.

  • Final Score/Placement:
    1st Place, 88.750 (Union City, CA)
  • Director: Nate Bourg
  • Repertoire:
    Alternative Energy by Mason Bates
  • Final Score/Placement:
    21st Place, 85.375 (Dayton, OH)
  • Director: Nate Bourg
  • Final Score/Placement:
    9th Place, 89.238 (Dayton, OH)
  • Director: Nate Bourg
  • Final Score/Placement:
    21st Place, 83.088 (Dayton, OH)
  • Director: Nate Bourg
  • Repertoire:
    The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky
    Danse Bacchanale (from Samson and Delilah) by Camille Saint-Saëns
    The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
  • Final Score/Placement:
    16th Place, 83.188 (Dayton, OH)
  • Director: Nate Bourg
  • Repertoire:
    The Wave by Keiko Abe
    La Mer by Claude Debussey
  • Final Score/Placement:
    1st Place, 93.875 (Dayton, OH)
  • Director: Nate Bourg
  • Repertoire:
    Prelude in C Sharp Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Final Score/Placement:
    1st Place, 91.50 (Ceres, CA)
  • Director: Nate Bourg

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