The FFCC is currently accepting applications for the 2017 season contest staff. Interested persons should apply via our FFCC Staff Application located at the following link:
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions!
The FFCC is seeking interested member teams to host FFCC sanctioned events and FFCC Elite Events for the 2017 season.
Hosting an FFCC event is a great fund raising opportunity for your organization and an excellent opportunity to bring the excitement of winter guard, winter percussion, and winds to your local community.
Elite events are co-sponsored events with the FFCC and include Regional A Premiere, AA/A/Open/World Class Premiere, Percussion/Winds Premiere, Percussion/Winds Focus East and Percussion/Winds Focus West.
FFCC sanctioned contests start in February and run through late March. The available dates can be found on the Event Calendar.
The deadline for completing the Event Host Application is August 24, 2016. Bids must be complete with a letter of availability from the facilities manager or principal, and show host fee of $200.00.
Elite Event Sponsors do not have a show host fee. However, they do have to have a signed letter of availability.
You can find the the Event Host Application HERE.
If you have questions, contact us via e-mail.
Sunday, May 15, 2016 will be the date of the FFCC Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. This is the meeting where eligible voting delegates come to discuss and vote on proposals for changes and additions to the FFCC Policy and Procedure Manual. It’s also the time when delegates will nominate and elect new members to the Board of Officers to serve for the 2017 and 2018 terms. This year there are five seats available for nomination. People interested in running for a position are encouraged to bring a resume to distribute to delegates.
This year’s meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites Orlando Airport, beginning at 1:00 PM. More information and directions are available on the Event Calendar.
The proposals presented for consideration can be found HERE.
Please remember only registered voting delegates will be allowed to participate in any vote. Delegates must be registered forty-eight hours in advance of the meeting via the Team Profile Page.
Contributed by FFCC Staff, Jim Taylor
Florida is my home. It has been my home for all of my life; 48 years in Orlando and 5 in Tallahassee. I’ve traveled all over the country and can adapt quite well to new locations, but until I feel that hot wall of humid air getting off the plane, I know that I’m not home.Except for one place for two weeks out of the year. My second home – Dayton, Ohio.
When I land at James Cox Airport and see that WGI banner walking to baggage claim; when I check into the Dayton Marriott; when I walk into the UD Arena – all these are so familiar to me after 28 years of attending the WGI World Championships that I say to myself, “This feels like home.”
I first came to “Dayton” (nobody calls it by the official title) in 1988. I was intimidated by the size of the UD Arena. I noticed that some of the FFCC performers were looking nervous in such a big space. Surrounded by thousands of spectators and hundreds of performers from around the country, they looked lost in the vast space of the arena.
I began volunteering for WGI in Dayton in 2000, and I noticed something. Whenever an FFCC team came around a corner and saw me, something changed in them. They smiled more and stood a bit taller.
It wasn’t just the performers who more relaxed. Over the years, I heard more and more from directors, “It’s so good to see you here. Makes it feel more like home.” Lately, I’ve heard it from performers, too.
During my 25 years as the FFCC Contest Coordinator, I endeavored to make WGI World Championships and Regionals more comfortable, more “familiar” for our colorguards, drumlines and now, wind ensembles. I formatted our local shows to match the WGI events with one goal in mind – so that our performers would go through warm-up and holding like an FFCC contest, then hear the same introduction to their performance, just so they can have this feeling as they perform in the biggest stage,
“It feels like home.”
This year marked the second annual FFCC Solo Competition. Over 100 young high school performers from around the circuit competed against one another for the chance to be one of the solo champions on their respective piece of equipment. I recently got the chance to sit down with one of the Flag Champions, Jordan (Jojo) Anderson, a senior from Weeki Wachee High School, to see what his thoughts were on the competition and on color guard in general.
I asked Jojo how it felt performing his solo, both at the competition and on Saturday after he won. He said he was really nervous performing both times. He performed it at Weeki’s friends and family night send off show before championships and states it was a very emotional performance for him. Jojo explains that having all his friends and family watching him added to the pressure. At the competition, Jojo missed his check in time and had to perform later, which only amplified his nerves. He said he, “really focused on just performing it and maxing it out,” and tried not to dwell on the competitive aspect. When he got to perform his solo in front of everyone at the Ocean Center, he said he was nervous about the number of people, but again just tried to have fun and perform.
When asked how he felt when he won, Jojo said he didn’t expect it. He saw some of the other performers and thought they were great. He was genuinely shocked when he won. He became very emotional and teared up a bit when they announced his score, a 90.5, as well! He said it was a great way to end his senior year and last season at Weeki Wachee, on top of all the other achievements and accolades he received this year as well.
What struggles did Jojo face when writing his solo? He said his biggest problem was trying not to make the work super spinny and fast. He wanted to have work in different speeds in his routine and wanted to try to use more body as well, so that it wasn’t entirely just spinning. He said he found inspiration for some of his choreography from watching groups such as USF and Tarpon Springs. He tried to adapt some of their work, but made it his own and gave it his own personality and emotion.
Going forward and looking to his future outside of high school, Jojo dreams of marching Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps one day. He hopes to be able march USF Winterguard next year, as well, having heard about the great family atmosphere of the program. Eventually, he would like to become a colorguard instructor himself, having been inspired by instructors such as Michael Shapiro and Jeannine Ford. No matter what Jojo decides to do in the future or where he plans to march, expect great things from this talented young performer.
You can find the link to a video of Jojo’s Performance here.