FAIR LAWN, N.J. — The Fair Lawn Indoor Percussion Ensemble earned the title of 2017 WGI World Champions, sealing the school’s place among Indoor Percussion programs nationwide at its first appearance in the finals.
After competing among 64 groups for the title, Fair Lawn has been recognized as best in the nation in their class, Percussion Scholastic A (PSA).
This year’s show, “Below Zero,” featured the students combining music performance, marching, and theater to tell the story of a blizzard. Groups are judged on musicality, precision, and general effect. Fair Lawn earned a finals score of 95.925.
This is the first WGI World Championship win for Fair Lawn Indoor Percussion, also called FLIP, and only the second PSA title by a New Jersey high school in the competition’s history.
Championships have been won more frequently by schools in California, Florida, and the Midwest, making Fair Lawn’s win significant for East Coast competitors.
WGI competition in Dayton follows a three-tier elimination schedule of preliminaries, semi-finals, and finals. FLIP placed first in their round at each level, surprising even themselves.
“Our goal this season at Fair Lawn was to go out to Dayton and make semis and to give ourselves a shot at making finals," said Jamie Szeinberg, the group’s director.
"We never imagined that we would be coming home from WGI World Championships as the PSA World Champions."
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