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    Connecting Individuals through Performance Arts CIPA SPONSORS If you would like to be a sponsor of this year's season or an ongoing supporter, please email us, and we will gladly send you information. Contact Us cipaofficial@gmail.com or through our social media links at the top of this page

  • CIPA PERSONNEL | CIPA Official

    CIPA Personnel Brandon Guffey Circuit President Mr. Guffey is currently the Director of Bands at Virginia High School in Bristol, Virginia, where he directs The Pride of the Stateline Marching Band, Virginia High School Symphonic Band, The Virginia High School Percussion Ensemble, and The Virginia High School Winter Guard. He currently serves the CIPA Circuit as the Circuit President. Previously, he has been a class representative, has taken care of the circuit's social media, and Circuit Secretary. Contact Mr. Guffey at bguffey@bvps.org Angela Flemmer Treasurer Dr. Flemmer is currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing at East Tennessee State University and a provider at the Johnson City Downtown Day Center. She is the director of Happy Valley Independent and currently serves CIPA as the circuit treasurer. Contact Dr. Flemmer at alykat9399@comcast.net Jaime Harper Secretary Originally from Nashville, TN Jaime Harper has been performing and teaching color guard for over 25 years, with over 30 years of a strong dance background. Currently she is a Kindergarten IA at John Adams Elementary, the ColorGuard Instructor for John Battle HS, and the Worship Arts Ministry Lead teacher of a Predance, Ballet and Worship Flags class at Celebration Church. The Harper family, husband Drew and daughter Ella, moved to Kingsport, TN in April of 2017. Now, Jaime is honored with the opportunity to serve on the CIPA board as Circuit Secretary and share her love for the performing arts. Jaime’s favorite verse is the end of Nehemiah 8:10 "For the joy of the Lord is your strength." Her favorite quote by Cinderella "Have courage and be kind." My given nickname is JOYful Jaime! Contact Mrs. Harper at harpersbee@gmail.com Amanda Ferguson Social Media "Fergie" is the Color Guard Director for Science Hill High School and for Emory and Henry College. She has previously worked with many of the local high schools over the past ten years as well as marched in Sullivan Central's Colorguard through high school and Southeast Independent. She currently resides in Bristol with her husband, Sean, son, Xander, and her zoo of furbabies: 4 dogs- Rosie, Sophie, Honey, and Hershey; and 2 cats - Eevee and Errol. Hannah Kestner Social Media Hannah is the guard director at Virginia High, Tennessee High, and Vance Middle schools. She has served as the Social Media Coordinator and Executive Assistant for Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. She currently serves the CIPA Circuit as a Social Media Coordinator and was elected in 2020 to serve a two year term as the Tennessee State Representative. She is currently a student at Emory & Henry College and majoring is Civic Innovation. Thomas & Emmilee Graham Class Representative - Festival/ Prep/Novice Emilee Graham teaches special education and serves as the head color guard instructor and choreographer at several Roanoke area high schools, including Salem High School in Salem, VA. Thomas Graham is the Band Director at Andrew Lewis Middle School and the Assistant Band Director at Salem High School. They have been working with Salem since 2016 and are excited to represent the Festival, Prep, and Novice classes in CIPA. Contact Mr. or Mrs. Graham at tgraham@salem.k12.va.us Raegan DeHart Class Representative - Scholastic Regional AA/A Raegan is currently a 3rd grade teacher in Grayson County. She has been teaching in Grayson for 3 years, and is also the GCHS color guard instructor. She loves spending time with the color guard members and seeing them work to reach their full potential. She is extremely excited to represent Scholastic Regional A/AA classes in CIPA. Keith Trout Class Representative - Winds Mr. Trout serves as a band director with his wife, Linda Trout, at Sequoyah High School is Madisonville, TN. He is the director of Sequoyah Winter Winds. Mr. Trout has served as the CIPA circuit president. He currently serving a one-year as the Past President and the Winds Class Representative. Michael Henderson Education Coordinator/ Chief Judge Mr. Henderson is currently the Director of Bands and Vocal Music at Chase Middle School in Forest City, North Carolina. Prior to this appointment, he was the band and choir director at Chase High School. Mr. Henderson received his B.S.Ed. in Music Education from Western Carolina University in 2006 and his Masters degree in Music Education from East Carolina University in 2012. He has had the honor of being named Chase High School Teacher of the Year for 2011-2012 and 2014-2015. He was also named Rutherford County Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015. He was named as a semifinalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award in 2017. Mr. Henderson currently lives in Forest City with his wife, Jenn, and their children Cara, Gavin, Ellie, and Andy. Theo Ganaway State Representative - Virginia Theo Ganaway Susan Wilson State Representative - North Carolina Susan Wilson Hannah Kestner State Representative - Tennessee Hannah is the guard director at Virginia High, Tennessee High, and Vance Middle schools. She has served as the Social Media Coordinator and Executive Assistant for Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. She currently serves the CIPA Circuit as a Social Media Coordinator and was elected in 2020 to serve a two year term as the Tennessee State Representative. She is currently a student at Emory & Henry College and majoring is Civic Innovation. Keith Trout Past President Mr. Trout serves as a band director with his wife, Linda Trout, at Sequoyah High School is Madisonville, TN. He is the director of Sequoyah Winter Winds. Mr. Trout has served as the CIPA circuit president. He currently serving a one-year as the Past President and the Winds Class Representative. Candace Mitchel Class Representative - Scholastic AA/A Candace Mitchel Amanda Ferguson Class Representative - Independent Regional A/ Independent A "Fergie" is the Color Guard Director for Science Hill High School and for Emory and Henry College. She has previously worked with many of the local high schools over the past ten years as well as marched in Sullivan Central's Colorguard through high school and Southeast Independent. She currently resides in Bristol with her husband, Sean, son, Xander, and her zoo of furbabies: 4 dogs- Rosie, Sophie, Honey, and Hershey; and 2 cats - Eevee and Errol. John Wright Class Representative - Percussion John Wright

  • UPCOMING EVENTS | CIPA Official

    Upcoming Events Sun, Sep 13 Virginia High School September Membership Meeting This is the first meeting of the 2020-21 season! More Info Sat, Nov 21 Virginia High School Spin Fest 2020 The cost of this event is $25 per participant. This event is designed for all levels of performers to learn and hone skills for winter guard. More Info Sat, Jan 23 Location is TBD CIPA Premier/Qualifier More information will be added as it becomes available. More Info Sat, Jan 30 Virginia High School Stateline Winter Indoor Showcase More information will be added as it becomes available. More Info Sat, Feb 13 Location is TBD Possible CIPA Show More Info Sat, Feb 20 Location is TBD Possible CIPA Show More Info Sat, Mar 06 Location is TBD Possible CIPA Show More Info Sat, Mar 13 Location is TBD Possible CIPA Show More Info Sat, Mar 20 Freedom Hall Civic Center CIPA Championships More Info

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    About CIPA CIPA means Connecting Individuals through Performance Arts ​ The First Ideal of CIPA: Respect the performer. A performer's true reward is in the performance experience. ​ The Second Ideal of CIPA: Celebrate the performance. All members should support, cheer, and congratulate all other performers and units. ​ The Third Ideal of CIPA: Embrace healthy competition. It is our competitor that challenges us to heightened performance. CIPA Membership Handbook Click Here

  • COLOR GUARD | CIPA Official

    Color Guard Festival Class ​This class is designed for brand new scholastic groups looking to get involved in the Winter Guard activity and groups looking to provide performance experience for their students without a heavy competitive environment. Groups in this class do not receive a numerical score and only receive a rating. The focus in this class will be on performer training and achievement. Limited credit towards the overall rating will be given to the addition of a floor, props, etc. Also, groups are encouraged to limit the amount of time that they move. A group can stand still and spin the whole time and still be successful with their rating. The time requirements for this class will be the same as Novice class. This class is primarily designed for schools with limited resources, but who want the experience of a performing Winter Guard. This class comprises all scholastic grades. There will be no differentiation between high school, middle school, and elementary. A group could have a mix of all three levels. ​ Prep Class​ For middle or junior high school students 8th grade and under. Not necessarily school-affiliated. Adjudicated on CIPA Prep Sheets. Due to timing and penalties, it is not recommended that these groups compete on the WGI level. ​ Scholastic Novice​ This class is for brand new groups. The focus is on training the most basic fundamentals of movement, equipment, and basic design. There should be limited movement in this class to allow students to develop a strong foundation of basic movement and equipment principles. There should be a limited exploration of weapons in this class. Just because a guard is a first-year group, does not mean they belong in Novice. For example, they may have an established fall program and an experienced staff that will allow them to come out (or be promoted to) a higher classification. A group may only be in Novice for two years (unless being promoted during a season). A minimum satisfactory score will be established by the Color Guard Committee for Novice groups to meet at Championships to show that there is a satisfactory development of the program. If there is a deficiency in a group, the Chief Judge (or a representative of the Color Guard Committee) or Director of Education (if one is in place) will meet with the staff after the season. They will review videos, lesson plans, methodologies, resources, etc., and set a plan of action for improvement. If they fail to meet the satisfactory score the second year, the Color Guard Committee will assign a mentor to the staff to be more hands on with the program. It will be the decision of the Color Guard Committee, mentor, and staff of what class to put the group in the third year. The third year is the final year in this scenario, and they must move out of the class regardless of final score. A group who has special circumstances (such as a change in instructors, etc.) can petition to remain in Novice Class for one more year, regardless of their score at Championships at the end of the second season. They must petition the Color Guard Committee before the start of the season (through the Chief Judge) and go to the Qualifier as a Regional A Guard before the decision is made. The Novice Class will use the same criteria reference sheet as the Regional A Class: the WGI Regional A Sheet. Since they will only be in the class for two years and their goal is to move up to Regional A, educationally it will be best if they start on the curriculum they will be using in the next class for better continuity and sustained growth. The goal is to be in this class for just the start of a program and not be a long term class placement. ​ Scholastic Regional AA This class will be evaluated on the WGI Regional A Sheet. This class is designed for the guards that are in the developmental stages after Novice, exploring more beginning skills in movement and equipment and a little more variety of staging than Novice, but not quite at the level of a Regional A, AA, or A guard. The strong focus here is on the training of the students. There may be some limited exploration of weapons in this class. There is not a time limit on how long a guard can be in this class, but the ultimate goal should be to develop into a Regional A, AA, or A Guard. It is understood that there may be limitations for many programs that could inhibit growth. ​ Scholastic Regional A ​This class is for the purpose of meeting the needs of the guards that are at the very top of Regional A, who are not quite ready for the A sheet but are in the transitional stages to move to AA and the WGI National A sheet. The strong focus here is on the training of the students. Adjudicated on the WGI Regional A sheet. ​ Scholastic AA​ ​This class is for the purpose of meeting the needs of the guards that have outgrown the Regional A Sheet and are ready to get experience on the A sheet but are not quite ready to compete with the top half of the class. A strong focus here is on the training of the students. Adjudicated on WGI National A sheets. ​ Scholastic A Units whose program includes basic and some intermediate levels of equipment and movement technique; adjudicated on WGI A Class sheets. It should be noted that when a group competes at a WGI event, it does not affect what class they are put in at CIPA shows. For example, a Scholastic AA team may attend a WGI Regional in Class A for the experience, but that does not require them to compete in Class A in CIPA. If they were to receive a score at the regional that is a promotional score for that weekend in CIPA, they will be promoted in the circuit (does not apply to Regional A class). It is very important that it is understood that the difference between Scholastic A and Scholastic AA at CIPA has absolutely nothing to do with whether a group chooses to compete at WGI. THERE IS NO NATIONAL OR LOCAL A. It all has to do with where a group fits within the criteria of the A sheets. ​ Scholastic Open Units whose program includes a high level of intermediate and advanced equipment and body handling. Adjudicated on WGI Open Class sheets. These units may compete at the WGI Open Class level regionally or nationally. ​ Scholastic World Units whose program includes a high level of advanced equipment and body handling – the trendsetters in the activity. Adjudicated on WGI World Class sheets. These units may compete at the WGI World Class level regionally or nationally. ​ Independent Regional A This class if for the purpose of meeting the needs of beginning or developing independent guards who are not quite ready for the WGI National A sheet. The strong focus here is on the training of the students. There will be promotion numbers just like in the scholastic classes. The group must be a true independent unit, and no unit that is eligible for the scholastic class can sign up for this class. The unit director may be asked to provide appropriate documentation from the CIPA President or Chief Judge to verify eligibility for this class. Adjudicated on the WGI Regional A sheet. ​ Independent A Units whose program includes a high level of basic and intermediate equipment and body handling. Adjudicated on WGI A sheets. These units may compete at the WGI A Class level regionally or nationally. Units may consist of performers who have not reached their 22nd birthday on or before March 31st of the contest season. ​ Independent Open Units whose program includes a high level of intermediate and advanced equipment and body handling. Adjudicated on WGI Open sheets. These units may compete at the WGI Open Class level regionally or nationally. Units may consist of performers who have not reached their 23rd birthday on or before March 31st of the contest season. ​ Independent World Units whose program includes a high level of advanced equipment and body handling – the trendsetters in the activity. Adjudicated on National World sheets. These units may compete at the WGI World class level regionally or nationally. There is no age limit for this class.

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  • CLASSIFICATIONS | CIPA Official

    CLASSIFICATION Percussion Indoor Percussion This is where you will find information pertaining to the classifications of percussive performing units. More information is found in the membership handbook. Read More Color Guard Color Guard (Winterguard) This is where you will find information pertaining to the classifications of color guard (winterguard) performing units. More information is found in the membership handbook. Read More Winds Winter Winds This is where you will find information pertaining to the classifications of winter winds performing units. More information is found in the membership handbook. Read More

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