NEWS and UPDATES
TCGC Welcomes New West Contest Director
TCGC is excited to welcome Erik Kosman as the new West Side Contest Director! Erik Kosman is no stranger to the performing arts. He is a highly sought-after designer, consultant, and educator in the marching arts and has worked with many of the top ensembles in DCI, WGI, and BOA.
“We are thrilled that Erik is joining our TCGC team,” said Stephen Howard, TCGC President. “Erik’s familiarity in the marching arts will no doubt be an asset to TCGC as he navigates as contest director for the west side units. We are so glad to welcome Erik to the TCGC Family!”
Erik is also currently Head of Sound for the Boston Crusaders. Previously, Erik was the Electronics Caption Head at the Bluecoats and for the past three years, Erik has served as a consultant and audio engineer for FloMarching.
"I am thrilled to be joining the fantastic team at TCGC!" said Erik Kosman. "The circuit is full of incredible performers, ensembles, and instructors and I am looking forward to working with them all to continue to make the TCGC experience the best it can be."
In addition to the marching arts, Erik has designed and installed audio, video, and lighting systems for many school auditoriums, churches, and restaurants throughout the Southeast. He previously worked as the Technical Coordinator for the Bailey Performance Center at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. In that role, he oversaw the live streaming, recording, and mastering of all concerts.
Erik currently resides in Leander, TX just outside of Austin with his wife Erin and their two huskies, Sabre and Dakota.
EDU by TCGC symposium this Saturday--Register now!!
Dear TCGC instructors, directors, judges, and staff:
On behalf of the TCGC Executive Board and the Judges Association, I am writing to remind you about our "EDU by TCGC" circiut symposium that will be held this coming Saturday. I really can't improve on Keith and Joey's original message except to say that it is a pleasure and a privilege to work with the fastest growing and most successful circuit in the nation--across all classes of competition!
We would like to make a special invitation to those of you who may never have attended an educational symposium before, especially those of you teaching younger guards. I can tell you from my own experience a long LONG time ago that the opportunity to listen to experts, to ask questions, and to meet and collaborate with my peers was instrumental in understanding how better to design and choreograph logically and creatively with color guard equipment.
Further, as the fastest-growing circuit, we simply need to cultivate more local talent to become judges. I understand the reluctance, especially when still fully committed to teaching, but learning about judging will help you to become a better instructor, too.
Please see the schedule below--I am sure you will find the sessions informative, thought provoking, and fun!! Why not RSVP now? All best wishes and looking forward,
Yours truly--Greg Llacer
TCGC Chief Judge ([email protected])
EDU by TCGC
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 2019
Derrick Meeting Spaces in the
DoubleTree by Hilton
Houston Intercontinental Airport
15747 JFK Blvd Houston, TX 77032
The welcome session begins promptly at 9:45am and the last session ends at 5:15pm. Lunch will be provided.
You are welcome to stay around for dinner with the TCGC Judges Association leadership team after.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MEAL FOR LUNCH, I WILL NEED YOUR RESERVATION CONFIRMED NO LATER THAN Tuesday, December 3rd at NOON!
Please RSVP using the link below:
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns...
Here's a look at the schedule for the day:
TCGC in the Valley
Texas’ premier winter circuit for the pageantry arts is moving south!
For the first time in its history, the Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC) will host two shows in the Rio Grande Valley in 2020. This will allow the growing numbers of South Texas groups to compete closer to home as well as open new doors for groups who may have been prohibited by travel costs. By participating in these two shows, groups will have the opportunity to qualify for their classification area championships or the TCGC state championships in College Station.
“TCGC is incredibly excited to expand our services into South Texas,” said Stephen Howard, president of TCGC. “This would not have been possible without the work of our staff and partnerships with show hosts. We are looking forward to welcoming teams from the Rio Grande Valley into the TCGC family.”
Shows will take place at PSJA Early College HS San Juan, TX on January 25 and February 22nd at Edinburg North HS in Edinburg, TX.
“TCGC has been on our radar to join for some time, Chad Dempsey, Head Band Director and Assistant Fine Arts Director at Edinburg North High School said. After speaking with other directors in the Rio Grande Valley, we decided that the educational experiences, along with the quality level of many groups, and the facilities for championships made it a worthwhile step to bring TCGC to South Texas. Edinburg North is very excited to be a part of this circuit for the 2019-2020 year.”
As the pageantry arts continue to grow around Texas, TCGC is excited to bring our brand of excellence to this growing area of the state.
The Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC) offers a competitive outlet for young adults during winter for color guard, indoor marching percussion, concert percussion units and winds marching and concert units. TCGC offers a variety of competitive classes ranging from the first year unit to the seasoned competitor. Our contest rules follow the rules and criteria of Winter Guard International (WGI) and are judged by both local and national judges.
TCGC is home to 300+ units from around the state and holds competitions in the greater Houston, Austin, San Antonio and now Rio Grande Valley areas from January through April every year with the season culminating at a statewide championship held at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas. For more information on the Texas Color Guard Circuit, please visit www.texascolorguardcircuit.org
TCGC Fee Structure
Click here to see the TCGC Fee Structure for 2020
The TCGC Fall General Business meeting as announced:
Sunday, August 18th
Bryan HS Band Hall
Official Digital 2019 Percussion/Winds State Program
To view online, visit http://bit.ly/
Official Digital 2019 Color Guard State Program
State Hotel Blocks
Rooms are going fast for the Color Guard and Percussion/Winds State Championship events
- Best Western Premier, Rate: $95.00; Group Code: TX19, Deadline: 3/13/19
- Home2 Suites, Rate: $129 Double; $124 King, Deadline: 3/18/19
- Courtyard by Marriott, Rate: $109; Deadline: 3/8/19
- Best Western Premier, Rate: $95.00; Group Code: TCG19, Deadline: 3/20/19
- Home2 Suites, Rate: $129 Double; $119 King, Deadline 3/14/18
- Courtyard by Marriott, Rate: $109; Deadline: 3/15/19
TCGC Code of Conduct
TCGC Code of Conduct
The Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC) has adopted comprehensive documents and procedures as developed by WGI Sport of the Arts. Please direct any questions regarding these policies to Stephen Howard, TCGC President at [email protected]
The newly revised Code of Conduct for Participating Groups covering participants, staff, and volunteers has been expanded and more clearly defines expectations of conduct, compliance, and reporting for groups participating in any TCGC-sanctioned event. While a Code of Conduct for TCGC Personnel has also been adopted and strengthens the expectations already in place for all TCGC staff, Executive Board, and administration.
It is essential for all members of the TCGC community have information on how to address concerns that may not be in support of this commitment. With that in mind, TCGC has also developed a Participant Protection Reporting Policy as well as a new process of reporting concerns on misconduct or alleged noncompliance directly to TCGC. The Participant Protection Reporting Policy will assist an individual connect with the appropriate party to ensure any concerns brought forth are addressed.
TCGC, in following the leadership of WGI Sport of the Arts, will require all employees, judges, and volunteers to undergo background checks in partnership with the National Center for Safety Initiatives using guidelines from the National Council of Youth Sports. These background checks will screen convictions and pending dispositions for felonies, crimes involving force or threat of force against a person, crimes of a sexual nature (including sex offender registrants), crimes involving controlled substances, crimes involving cruelty to animals, and crimes involving harm to a minor. Additional language in the contract for services has also been added for individuals to disclose any situation that might not appear on a standard background check but could disqualify their participation by violating the spirit and intent of the Code of Conduct.
TCGC is also encouraging participating groups to follow best practices within their organization. Groups should follow their school district policies or state and local laws regarding employment of educational staff interacting with students. Steps should also be taken to formalize compliance and reporting procedures within their group to align with the Code of Conduct.
Early Show Sign-up
The first round of show selection will open on Oct. 15th for units who have paid.
Units are asked to only select 2 shows. Any other shows selected will be deleted at the discretion of the Circuit Administrator.
Units are also asked to choose one compete-by show date until all units have had a chance to sign-up for compete-by. All units (guard, percussion) must compete by February 9th.
Field Day does not count toward compete-by.
Only a sanctioned TCGC adjudicated contest will count toward the compete-by designation.
Spring Meeting Recap
Thank you to all who attended our Spring Meeting! Minutes and reports are available in the TCGC resources section of CompetitionSuite. (Click "LOGIN" button above and click the "[=] TCGC" button above your unit's name. Image attached for reference.)
Some important things you may have missed...
- We are using CompetitionSuite for membership and registration. (Please see the meeting minutes with how to generate an invoice to pay member dues. Image attached for reference.)
- We encourage all unit directors to clean up their CompetitionSuite profile and staff lists. Many school have outdated staff associated with their unit.
- If you are not an admin for your unit and need to be, please contact the Circuit Administrator, Jaime Martinez.
- The 2019 Contest Calendar is available in the meeting minutes and as a separate doc on the TCGC resources page of CompetitionSuite.
- The first postmark for season membership has been extended to Monday, August 27th.
If you have any questions, please let us know!
Our website is now supported by CompetitionSuite!
Directors, Judges, and Staff:
We have migrated to using CompetitionSuite Pages as our new website hosting service! This new service is fully integrated with CompetitionSuite! When you login to register for shows, you will do so through CompetitionSuite.
VERY IMPORTANT! PLEASE LOGIN TO COMPETITIONSUITE AND UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFO AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ONLY THE STAFF MEMBERS YOU WANT ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR ACCOUNT!
Many units have old staff members on their accounts and haven't updated contact info in a while. It is super important that you take care of this ASAP!
TCGC and PepWear Announce New Merchandise Partnership
The Texas Color Guard Circuit and PepWear are thrilled to announce a merchandising partnership, effective the Summer of 2018. Through this partnership, PepWear will provide official merchandise for TCGC events, bringing a world-class retail experience to an established and respected pageantry organization.
PepWear has been commemorating student achievements for over 30 years, making a partnership with TCGC a natural fit. TCGC’s mission to celebrate the excellence displayed in pageantry through teamwork, character, and skill is the defining vision of this partnership.
Fans and performers can expect an all-new showcase of products that will honor their hard work and commemorate their experience. The apparel, designs, product choices, and shopping experience will bring even more excitement to their special moment.
“We’re honored to partner with a highly-esteemed organization like the Texas Color Guard Circuit,” says Craig Johnson, President and CEO of PepWear. “At PepWear, we believe that every student matters, and that every achievement matters. A partnership with TCGC, an organization that shares our values, is the next step in our mission to honor student achievements. We can’t wait to start planning for the new season and creating new ways to commemorate these events.”
“Since our inception over 20 years ago, TCGC has always strived to set the bar in our activity,” says Stephen Howard, President of the Texas Color Guard Circuit. “We could not be more excited to choose PepWear as a partner because we believe they will help elevate our memorabilia to the next level. We recognize that each event is unique for performers and fans alike, and through our partnership with PepWear, we will be able to offer more opportunities to hold on to those memories. PepWear has consistently been a leader in their field and the partnering of our two top-tier organizations will be an amazing opportunity for both our participants as well as our fans.”
Stay tuned as the 2019 season approaches for more updates. Follow both organizations on social media to get news on events and apparel.