Winter Guard International (WGI) Sport of the Arts is the world’s premier organization producing indoor color guard and percussion ensemble competitions. A non-profit youth organization, WGI serves as the leading governing body of the winter guard and indoor percussion activities. It is called the “Sport of the Arts” because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. WGI is big business for Dayton and important to our economic vitality. Annually, over two weekends in April, WGI hosts the Color Guard World Championships and Percussion World Championships which bring nearly 40,000 people into the Greater Dayton area generating approximately $15 million in economic impact. The Championships bring young competitors (high school age-30 years), their families, and friends from across the nation and literally all over the world to Dayton. And, because WGI has its beginning roots in Dayton, there is a concentration of very strong WGI units here. Local high schools such as Kettering, Centerville, Springboro, Miamisburg, Northmont, Bellbrook, and Carroll are strong competitors in the Color Guard and Percussion competitions. WGI participants fill area hotels, restaurants, and retail outlets during the April competitions. The World Championships also utilize a variety of meeting venues ranging from the Dayton Convention Center, Trent Arena, Nutter Center, University of Dayton Arena, and numerous high school and collegiate gyms throughout the community. WGI has made a commitment to our community, and in late 2002 WGI moved their world headquarters to Dayton. They have also committed to hosting their World Championships in Dayton through 2014, even though they were heavily wooed by Indianapolis. Of the 33 years of competition, 2010 will mark the 24th year they’ve met in Dayton. WGI is a Dayton Original!