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.
The FFCC held its Annual meeting to end the 2016 competitive season. The Board of Officers released the competitive dates for the 2017 season. You can find the dates on the “Event Calendar” on the Home Page. The sites for the contests will be determined once the Event Host Applications are received (deadline August 20, 2016). These dates may change depending on site availability and FBA schedules. Here is a quick list:
January 21 – Regional A Premiere
January 28 – National Class Premiere
February 4 – Color Guard Only/Percussion and Winds Premiere
February 11 – Contest 2 (Option for all three)
February 18 – Contest 3 (Option for all three)
February 25 – Contest 4 (Option for all three)
March 4 – Contest 5 (Option for all three)
March 11 – Contest 6 (Option for all three)
March 18 – Contest 7 (Option for all three)
March 25 – Contest 8 (Option for all three)
March 31 – April 2 – FFCC Circuit Championships
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.”