MPA Winds

MPA is excited to include indoor winds starting with the 2017 season and to help this new and exciting marching arts activity continue to grow!

What are indoor winds?

The indoor winds activity gives indoor marching groups of any instrumentation — but primarily composed of brass and woodwind instruments — the same performance and adjudication opportunities as indoor drumlines have enjoyed for years. Judging for indoor winds focuses on the brass and woodwind instruments.

What classes of competition are offered?

Indoor winds follow the same classification structure as indoor drumlines: Scholastic and Independent divisions, with different competitive classes within those. 

What are the differences between indoor winds and indoor drumline?

  • The primary difference is that indoor winds groups consist primarily of brass and woodwind instruments, as typically found in marching bands. Indoor winds may also include percussion instruments and any other instrument families.
  • Indoor winds groups are judged on very similar but slightly different judges' sheets from indoor drumlines: music analysis, visual analysis and overall effect (versus indoor drumlines' four different main sheets), plus timing and penalties.
  • Indoor winds are provided with music judges who have experience in teaching and adjudicating brass and woodwind instruments in addition to percussion.
  • Unlike indoor drumline, there is no age limit for the Independent classes for indoor winds, following Winter Guard International (WGI) rules. 

If you're interested in starting a winds group in MPA or have specific questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. First-year MPA member ensembles pay no membership dues!

For more information about the indoor winds activity, check out these great resources from WGI: