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2020 PreSeason Director/Instructor Meeting for Southern California Ensembles

2020 PreSeason Director/Instructor Meeting for Southern California Ensembles

This meeting is for Directors and Instructors of Southern California Ensembles and will be held at Orange High School in Orange, California on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 10:00am to 1:30pm – Band Room / Room 108.

At the Pre-Season meeting we will take the opportunity to review and clarify changes in procedures, rules, sheets, performance order, critique, and ensemble divisions to name a few topics.

Additionally, an ensemble representative in attendance will receive a “Director Badge” for the ensemble they are there representing – one badge per ensemble.  The Director Badge can be used for entry to events during the 2020 Season.  Additionally, each ensemble in attendance will receive a priority “performance time” for regular season shows (does not to apply to semis or finals).

If you are unable to send a representative to the meeting for your ensemble, you will not receive a director badge and your ensemble will be placed into normal performance order and will perform prior to those ensembles with representatives that attend the meeting.


Map and Parking Information

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Clinicians for the 2020 SoCal Eval/Clinic Announced

The American Drum Line Association (ADLA) is excited to announce Julie Davila and Ken Giese as clinicians and evaluators for the 2020 SoCal Evaluation and Clinic.   The event will take place January 25, 2020 at AB Miller HS in Fontana.  Don’t miss an early season opportunity to perform, rehearse and consult with two of WGI’s top percussion judges.

The Clinic/Evaluation is an early look for ensembles wishing to obtain input on the design and performance aspects of their 2020 production.  And be assessed for the ensembles proper classification for the remainder of the season.

Julie Davila

Julie has been involved with WGI for 23 years and was inducted in to the 2014 WGI Percussion Hall of Fame for her contributions to the activity as both an instructor/designer and as an adjudicator. She is currently still active as a performer as a member of the chamber percussion ensemble the CAIXA TRIO, winner of a 2011 “Drummie” award by Drum Magazine. In addition to her membership in the CAIXA TRIO, she served as the chair of the Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion Committee for ten years, the PAS Board of Directors for six years and served over 15 years on the Percussing Advisory Board for WGI. Julie is the percussion coordinator and arranger for the Middle Tennessee State University Band of Blue Drumline and is an adjunct professor of percussion at MTSU.

Julie received her degree from the University of North Texas where she was a part of three consecutive National Championships as a member of the acclaimed UNT Drumline.  She has published numerous marching and concert percussion features through Row-Loff Productions and Drop6 Media. Julie is the author of the “Modern Multi-Tenor Techniques and Solos” and “Impressions on Wood” published by Row-loff, and is a co-author of “Aptitude” an innovative solo snare book. Julie is an endorser and clinician for the Pearl Corporation, Innovative Percussion, the Avedis Zildjian Company, Grover Pro Percussion and Evans Drum Heads.

Ken Giese

Ken Giese is a nationally recognized visual caption designer and adjudicator. He is an active visual caption judge for Music For All/Bands of America (BOA), Drum Corps International (DCI), Winter Guard International (WGI – Percussion Division), the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (WGASC), and many other local circuits and organizations throughout the United States and abroad. He has served as a visual designer and instructor for numerous high school bands, winter guards, drum and bugle corps, and marching percussion units throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Giese currently resides in Henderson, Nevada, where he teaches math, band, and color guard at Foothill High School.



Winds Update

Winds Changes

October 7, 2019

Due to decreasing interest and number of participating ensembles, ADLA will offer two exhibition performance slots at the end of the AM portion of the following events.
There will be no registration fees or scores and where we are able to, we will provide judge commentary.
Email us at if you are interested in performing in exhibition at these events and we will put your ensemble on the performance schedule.  These performance slots are available on a first come basis.
Saturday, February 8, 2020, Ramona HS
Saturday, February 22, 2020, West Covina HS
Saturday, March 7, 2020, Ramona HS


Press Release – ADLA and WGASC Join Forces

CARLSBAD, CA – September 2019 – After more than 30 years of WGASC and ADLA producing educational focused events and competitions, we are pleased to announce the joining of these two organizations. For the past decade, ADLA and WGASC have been strategic partners in technology, events and organizational resources. The benefits of the merger will allow an already solid relationship to look to the future and provide even greater opportunities, resources, and coordination of the indoor marching arts in Southern California. 

We look forward to combining resources that will allow directors, students and fans the opportunity to have greater exposure, greater experiences, and the best educational opportunities in the region.

“With similar organizational missions, there is already a strong synergy between WGASC & ADLA. I am excited for the future, where working together through shared resources, we can have a more profound and lasting impact in providing education & performance opportunities to the youth involved in both our competitive arts communities.” Melissa Samson, President WGASC.

David Henkel, President of ADLA shared that “We are excited about the merger of our two great organizations into an even greater single organization. By merging, ADLA and WGASC we can leverage the strengths of both organizations, improve on operational efficiencies, and provide access to performance opportunities and events in more areas throughout the Western United States. It just makes sense for so many reasons.”

We look forward to forging the future as one!

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