Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22 / Save Mart Center / www.wgi.org, (866) 589-7161 / $17 preliminaries, $22 finals, $32 combo ticket
Color guards and high school marching bands make a perfect pair. But during the winter, some color guards break apart from the musicians and compete on their own. Winter Guard International’s Western Championship event will feature 60 competing ensembles from as far away as Utah, including 10 from the central San Joaquin Valley. You’ll also get the chance during the two-day event (preliminaries on Saturday and finals on Sunday) to watch “independent” units with older performers, including Santa Clara Vanguard, the Blue Devils and Black Crown. For a full schedule go to www.wgi.org.