NorCal Indoor

In September of 2016, on 3-weeks notice, NorCal Indoor was born. Relentless effort resulted in a 2017 performance in WGI Open-class finals and another trip to WGI competition in 2018.

After two seasons of national competition and some incredible experiences for our members, we want to announce that to better serve the organizations mission and its members, NorCal Indoor will not be coming back and instead will be passing the torch to California State University, Sacramento and their new director, Santiago Sabado. Under his guidance, Sac State Indoor will be born again as a competing ensemble! Check out the details for SSI in the comments and event for their approaching auditions.

Some shout-outs to some very dedicated and talented people: We would like to thank our director Aaron Hines and his educational staff Michael Kwong, Jonno Lee, Shealley Lee, Josh Luedtke, Tracy Magan, William Ryder, and Rob van Loben Sels.

To our designers Daniel Bryan, Dave Glyde, Aaron Hines, Dave Marvin, and Kathy Marvin: we couldn’t have done it without you!

In addition, thank you to our sponsors: Evans Drumheads, Innovative Percussion, Planet Waves, Sabian, Yamaha, Absolute music, and GPG Publications.

It has been a pleasure to reignite the flame for the Sacramento indoor scene and look forward to Sac State Indoor’s potential to flourish.




NorCal Indoor is a NEW indoor percussion ensemble located in the Sacramento and surrounding area. NCI will be a highly educational, competitive, and rewarding program. Members have the opportunity to receive outstanding instruction from a distinguished staff, tour different parts of the country, and meet people from around the world. This program will permanently enrich the lives of our performers through our commitment to youth development and performance excellence. Members will gain confidence, a strong work ethic, and a sense of what is required to be successful on and off the floor.

The indoor percussion program competes under the governing organization of Winter Guard International in the Independent Class. We also will compete in the NNIA and NCPA Circuits (affiliated with WGI). These competitions are typically held in a large university gymnasium to enable the use of body movement, drill, elaborate costumes, props, backdrops, and floor coverings. All these elements are used by the ensembles to help set the "stage" and to convey their musical "story" to the audience (a "Theater" type of program). Winter Guard International hosts some of the biggest events on the west coast and the biggest event in the nation; The Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. This week-long event has groups from all over the World in attendance. It is the Olympics of this activity!


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TO RECEIVE YOUR AUDITION PACKET, YOU MUST PAY YOUR $35 AUDITION FEE USING VENMO (@envisionarts) OR THE PAYPAL LINK (use PayPal to donate, put your name in the notes field). We will then email you a link to download your audition materials.

  1. The audition will consist of a musical, visual, and performance quality audition in a group setting.
  2. Age restrictions:
    • Minimum age we will accept is 14.
    • Maximum age is 22. If you are 23 on or before March 31st, you cannot be accepted to the ensemble because of WGI's age restrictions.
  3. To have the best experience possible, please wear movement-appropriate clothing (no baggy clothes, no need to be able to move around comfortably and we need to be able to evaluate how you move). Please also be sure that all long hair is up and out of your face.

We will be casting for the following:

  • Marching Battery instruments include:
    • Snare (maximum of 9)
    • Tenor (maximum of 5)
    • Bass (maximum of 6)
    • Cymbals (maximum of 8)
  • Front Ensemble instruments include:
    • Marimba (maximum of 4)
    • Vibes (maximum of 4)
    • Xylophone (1)
    • Synthesizer (maximum of 3)
    • Drumset (1)
    • Bass Guitar (1)
    • Auxiliary/Rack (maximum of 3)

Show up ready to work hard and with a good attitude, we promise to do the same!

If you have any questions or would like any assistance, please CONTACT US

NCI will be exclusively utilizing equipment from our corporate sponsors:

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