WGI Mid-America Regional Director
& Percussion Directors of the Mid-America Region:
My name is
Ted Wemhoff. I have recently
accepted a nomination to become your Regional Director.
I hope to take few minutes of your time to introduce myself,
share what experiences I would bring to the position, and outline my
vision for the newly created Mid-America Region which includes the
states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
I have been associated with the pageantry activity through both drum
corps and winter guard as a performer, an instructor, a circuit
administrator or judge since beginning in 1983 at the age of 13.
These activities have positively impacted my life through the
excitement of performance and the joys of passing on what I have learned
to others. I draw on these
experiences in my everyday life and want others to have the same
positive experiences I have been so lucky to be a part of.
I am proud of my accomplishments
as a performer and instructor in this activity. However, the
accomplishments during the last 7 years as a member of the North Texas
Color Guard Associationís executive board are what I am most proud of.
During the past seven years, along with my wife who was circuit
president and the various other NTCA e-board members we served with,
NTCA saw the following accomplishments:
NTCA forged a strong relationship with the Texas
Color Guard Circuit and itís judging association. Together we
dramatically increased the quantity and quality of the adjudicators
for our circuits.
Authored the proposal that awarded the Dallas/Fort
Worth area a WGI regional in 2003 for the first time since 1991.
This proposal supported the creation of an additional
regional in the Mid-America region and provided a statistical
analysis showing the region would support three regionals.
Served as the primary contact with the regional
director after regional was awarded.
Established and maintained a website for the circuit
5 of last 6 years
Helped to facilitate and supported judges/instructor
yearly clinics including one of only 4 WGI Regional Judges Academies
Developed overall circuit
classification and promotion structure.
a percussion division to expand the performance opportunities for
NTCA was home to three WGI medalists
including two WGI Gold medalists.
Philosophy on the Activity
thing about this activity is it provides a positive, educationally based
experience for all of its participants regardless of their competitive
level. The numbers show
participation in this activity on a national level is greatest in the A
and Regional A classifications and herein lies the strength of the
activity. Think of WGI as a
pyramid, itís strength lies in its base. By building and nurturing
this base, the pyramid as a whole can reach ever-greater heights.
is all unit members, regardless of classification or national standing
deserve equal representation. Providing
consistent and positive representation to this region would be my goal
and I believe it will help provide all unit members with the positive
WGI experience they are looking for.
Goals and Vision for our Region
The newly created Mid-America
region consists of three states (Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas) and
contains the second largest population of locally competitive units.
As regional director I would set a few attainable goals which will ultimately be
beneficial to all members in the region.
of the high concentration of competitive units in our region I would
like to ensure in the future this region receives a proportional
number of regionals as other less populated regions.
This will allow for the activity and the member units to
continue their maturation and growth.
It gives units who wish to experience WGI regional competition
the ability to do so and gives units with nationally competitive
aspirations the exposure they need without having to break the bank
traveling thousands of miles.
Open Communication Ė Sometimes communication from WGI to the local units
can be tenuous at best. It
would be my goal as your regional director to provide for an open flow
of information between WGI and you the member units.
I propose doing this by:
Creating a Mid-America
Region website to help disseminate important information
concerning our region to you.
Be a voice for your ideas
or concerns about our region to the WGI executive board.
between all the local circuits in the region to strengthen the
Provide a consistent and
strong voice for you
Ė Above all I would provide a
consistent and strong voice of representation to an area of the
country which is experiencing the largest growth in the activity.
The opportunities for continued growth in our region is without
limit and I would like to see that potential realized.
my goal is to provide all units the representation they deserve and to
bring the experience of this activity, both color guard and percussion,
to as many participants as possible.
Thank you for your time and your continued support of this
wonderful activity. I would
appreciate your support to represent you and all the units in the
you attended the Lone Star, Mid-America, or North Texas WGI Regionals in
2003 you will soon be receiving a ballot from WGI in the mail.
Please remember that in order for your voice to be heard you need to
participate in the process so please vote!
If you would like to discuss anything
concerning the 2004 WGI Regionals or any other concerns you may have
with our region please feel free to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org