Why Was Aimachi's 2016 Winds Group So Incredible?

Attending at least one of the Winter Guard International World Championships since 2011, Aimachi is a name around the marching community that is synonymous with excellence, perfection, and legendary performances. 

Hailing from Nagoya, Japan, the 2016 Aimachi Winds group became the only group from outside the United States to win a WGI division at World Championships since its founding.

As one of the pioneers of the winds activity, the Aimachi Band had humble beginnings in 1964 with only four members. Fast forward three decades to 1998, and the group had earned its first national title in the All-Japan Marching and Baton Twirling Championships.

Since the turn of the century, Aimachi has attended WGI World Championships in the Independent World Percussion division and the Independent World Guard division, setting itself apart with performances that are not only wildly unique but also technically excellent.

The Aimachi Winds were no different in 2016.


Ascension

Aimachi's performance of "Ascension" at the 2016 WGI Winds World Championship finals fulfilled all expectations for the group following its exhibition performance in 2014. The group even showed dramatic improvement in its visual technique and playing abilities since its previous to Dayton, Ohio.

What separates Aimachi from the other groups is its ability to be two steps ahead of the activity while also relying heavily upon the marching arts' best attributes spread across the entire year of competitive seasons.

With the help of many of the United States' best designers and instructors, Aimachi is able to personify some of the best parts of a drum and bugle corps' kit. The group can go from flashy high volume power chords to fleeting 16th note passages reminiscent only of Drum Corps International's best. The group's drill is also extremely demanding: "Ascension" certainly shows off the skills of the marching members' ability to handle high velocity motion.


Being a pioneer for the indoor winds activity, Aimachi also brings in its experience from the other two WGI divisions: guard and percussion.


The Aimachi Winds were the ultimate culmination of bringing in the high-impact, short but often, effect moments from percussion and the artistry and finesse from the guard world.


Although we won't see Aimachi competing in any of WGI's divisions in Dayton in 2018, the group is bound to make an appearance sooner or later — and you can expect the same high level of performance from some of Japan's best.

Weekly Watch Guide: Texas Tour Is Here!

Watch two incredible events LIVE on FloMarching down in the depths of Texas—DCI Central Texas and the 2019 DCI Southwestern Championship! This week, it's the start of the regional season. Most of the World Class corps will be in the same place for the first time this week as they get closer and closer to San Antonio.

Schedule/Seedings For DCI Southwestern Champs Released

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Check out the official schedule for the 2019 DCI Southwestern Championship. You can watch all 25 corps perform live on FloMarching. San Antonio will be the first location of the summer that is hosting all of the World Class corps so that they may start fighting for their seeds for the 2019 DCI World Championships. San Antonio is just the start of that seeding, though.

Recap: 2019 Tour Of Champions - Northern Illinois

With three shows streamed by FloMarching yesterday, die hard drum corps fans had gone as far as to create spreadsheets combining the streaming schedules so they could figure out when to watch their favorite corps at each show. Mother Nature had other ideas, however, delaying the Memphis competition and turning Drums Along the Rockies into a standstill. Fortunately, the 2019 Tour of Champions - Northern Illinois event went off without a hitch. Let's review some of the takeaways from last night's show.

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Instant Recap: 2019 Tour Of Champions - Northern Illinois

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Huskie Stadium on the campus of Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois, site of tonight’s Tour of Champions - Northern Illinois Drum Corps International Competition! My name is Kevin Gamin, Managing News Editor of Drum Corps Planet, and I will be providing you tonight’s live blog of this show.

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Premium Watch Guide: Three Streams In One Night, July 13

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For the first time on FloMarching, we will have THREE streams going at one time, this Saturday night, July 13. This article will be your one-stop-shop for everything you need to navigate the three events' storylines, schedules, and make sure you see as many corps as possible!

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Recap: 2019 Celebration In Brass

Ankeny, a suburb just north of Des Moines in Iowa, is about a 3 hour drive from the Colts' home base from Dubuque. A lot of Colts fans made that drive and cheered both them and the Colt Cadets on tonight, giving the 2019 Celebration in Brass a very home field vibe for the Red Teams.

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Instant Recap: 2019 Celebration In Brass

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to this live blog of the 2019 Celebration in Brass drum corps competition, brought to you by FloMarching! My name is Kevin Gamin, Managing News Editor of Drum Corps Planet, and I will be bringing you commentary on each of the performing drum corps tonight as it happens! The show starts at 8 PM Eastern/7 PM Central, so be sure to get your stream up and running in time for all of the action!

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Preview: Drums Along the Rockies

Another great DCI show in the Mile High Stadium will be coming LIVE to FloMarching this weekend, starting at 6:30 PM MT. Drums Along the Rockies is always a great show for the Blue Knights to shine in their home city, plus it always brings out two Open Class corps that we don't get to see too often on FloMarching. The two corps kick off the show so don't miss Columbians and The Battalion.

Preview: 2019 DCI Memphis

DCI Memphis starts off at 5:30 PM on Saturday, July 13 at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Although there are only 7 corps in competition, DCI Memphis could have some of the most interesting results of the night compared to the other two shows that will be on FloMarching—TOC-Northern Illinois and Drums Along the Rockies.

Watch Guide: DCI 2019 Week #4

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Four more DCI 2019 events along the Summer Tour will be LIVE on FloMarching this week—Iowa on Wednesday and THREE on Saturday!