Changes to Percussion & Winds Championships in 2022 and Beyond
Published August 26 2021

As we continue to look forward to the upcoming season, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to return to live competition! Based on lengthy discussions and feedback from the Board of Directors and Percussion & Winds Advisory Council, we are announcing changes to the Percussion & Winds Championships event traditionally held in March.

After each year, we evaluate all the feedback received on our Championships events and work to implement suggestions and ideas from groups into planning for the future. While we have had an exceptional few years hosting our Championships event at Winthrop Coliseum, we have also faced many challenges and set-backs to executing this competition and the level our groups demand. After extensive discussions by the Board and Advisory Council, we are ready to make a positive change that will help us propel the Championships experience to the next level! It is with great excitement that we officially announce CWEA Percussion and Winds Championships will take place at the Dorman Arena on the campus of Dorman High School in Roebuck, South Carolina!

Some of the features that you’ll get to enjoy at the new venue include:

  • Indoor warmup facilities for groups in the event of inclement weather
  • An upgraded video-display system
  • Coliseum-style seating providing a more intimate performance experience
  • Easier group parking accommodations and load in/out zones
  • More adequate bathroom facilities within the Arena
  • Easier access directly from I-26
  • Director’s Hospitality for staff & instructors

In addition to the new site, we are expanding the event to a Prelims/Finals event where all ensembles will have the opportunity to perform twice! The new format will allow the event to take on a different feeling of excitement compared a traditional one-run event. The Preliminary Competition will be seeded according to the Performance Order Policy listed in the handbook. Finals performance order will be determined based on the rankings of the Prelims competition.

The Percussion & Winds Championships event is tentatively scheduled for April 2, 2022. We are still finalizing dates and locations for the upcoming season. Please stay tuned to for additional updates to come over the next few weeks!