SAU Indoor Marching Arts

Winter Guard and Indoor Drumline

Winter Guard International (WGI) Sport of the Arts is the world's premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion, and winds competitions.

As a non-profit youth organization, WGI also serves as SAU's governing body for Winter Guard (indoor color guard) and Indoor Drumline. Sport of the Arts brings music to life through performance in a competitive format.

Keep reading below for more information on Winter Guard and Indoor Drumline, two ensembles available to St. Ambrose University students and the greater community.

Interested in Joining?

Current or Prospective Students: Complete the Music Interest Form

Community Members: Email Mitchell Stolberg

Learn More About WGI

Winter Guard

Indoor Color Guard

Winter guard is the sport of indoor color guard. Modern color guard combines the use of flags, sabres, mock rifles, and other equipment as well as dance and other interpretive movement.


Indoor Drumline

Percussion Theater

An indoor percussion ensemble or indoor drumline consists of the marching percussion (also called battery) and front ensemble sections of a marching band or drum corps.

Indoor percussion marries elements of music performance, marching, and theater; thus, the activity is often referred to as percussion theater.

Winter Guard
Indoor Sport of the Arts

Founded in 1977, more than 16,000 participants competed nationally in 2020 at the national WGI competition.


Who is eligible to join indoor marching arts?

For Percussion, members cannot turn 23 before April 1 of the competitive year.

Winter Guard members must be 24 years-old and under.

Any student enrolled at St. Ambrose University who wants to participate in Marching Band or Indoor Marching Arts are eligible for a scholarship and reduced membership fee.

Open to the Community

Open auditions will be held each fall for Ambrose and non-SAU students with the following age requirements:

  • For Percussion, members cannot turn 23 before April 1 of the competitive year.
  • Winter Guard members must be 24 years-old and under.


Mitchell R. Stolberg

Director of Winter Guard
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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