Newnan Band Program Will Perform at Winter Guard International Winds

By: Stephanie Cannon

In previous years, as the last leaf fell, Newnan High School’s Marching Cats packed away their horns until the next marching season began.

This year, however, brought about a new era in the history of the Newnan band program. This year will be the first time that Newnan High School competes in the newly formed division of Winter Guard International (WGI) Winds.

Auditions for Newnan Winds began at the end of 2015, and practices began in November.

The show was introduced at the first of these practices. The show, “Atlas Shrugged,” will tell the story of people feeling imprisoned in the chains of their everyday lives with the weight of the world on their shoulders.

As the show progresses, these people will slowly break free from these constraints.

February will prove to be a busy month for the group with their first show at East Coweta High School on February 13th and their second show at Mill Creek High School on February 27th.

WGI was originally created to provide a platform for guards across the world to compete separately from the summer competitions of DCI, or Drum Corps International.

Years later, a new percussion division of WGI was formed where indoor percussion ensembles could perform with the choice to march, and in the past couple years, the latest addition to the organization, WGI Winds, has been introduced to the world of performing arts.

Want to see the Newnan Winds perform? You can see them perform on any of the dates below!

-February 13th at East Coweta High School

-February 27th at Mill Creek High School

-March 12th at Flowery Branch High School

-March 19 at Woodland High School