Pittsburgh Performance Project

  Experience the Pride, Power and Passion!


What is Pittsburgh Performance Project?

Pittsburgh Performance Project is an independent winter guard and performing arts organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is also a youth education, performing-arts organization dedicated to the development of self-esteem and self-reliance of adolescents. It encourages team work, sportsmanship, civic pride and contributions of one's personal best to a group effort through a musical and performance focused activity in which there is a blending of the arts and athletics.


What is an Independent Winter Guard?

An independent winter guard competes separately from scholastic groups. School based groups are sponsored by the school's marching band, arts program or general activity funds and do not have to pay for their rehearsal facilities. We are truly an independent organization, although we do rehearse at some local schools in the Pittsburgh area who are kind enough to offer us space for rehearsals. As an independent organization, Pittsburgh Performance Project pays for everything not donated to the organization by valued donors.


How old do you have to be to join?

Pittsburgh Performance Project:

PPP Cadets - Composed of cast members 5-12 years of age.

PPP Reg. A - Composed of cast members up to 15 years of age.

PPP Open - Composed of cast members not over 23 years of age on March 31st of any given year.

PPP Senior - Composed of cast members 22 years of age and above.

**Although some of our members are high school age, we do not actively recruit from high schools that have a winter guard program.


What if I am still in high school?

 High School Student Membership Policy

**Anyone may audition for Pittsburgh Performance Project just for the experience**


We prefer a student perform in his or her high school color guard until graduation. However, we also believe in the freedom of every person to make their own choices regarding where they march, perform and who they receive instruction from.



High school students who attend a school with a competitive winter guard will be required by Pittsburgh Performance Project to have a letter of intent/support written by their parents and/or a release from the director of the affiliated high school program.


Pittsburgh Performance Project reserves the right to alter or revise our policy at any time for any reason.


 I do not have a lot of experience, can I still join?

Yes! Pittsburgh Performance Project cast members have a variety of experience levels.  


Can I be in school or work and still perform with Pittsburgh Performance Project?

ABSOLUTELY! Almost all of Pittsburgh Performance Project cast members are full time students or have jobs. Many of them do both! Please compare the Pittsburgh Performance Project schedule to your work and/or school to see if there might be any conflicts. You will find that most of the time, things can be worked out. And, if you find you have a lot of conflicts between rehearsals/performances and school or work, you may need to reconsider joining Pittsburgh Performance Project.


How often does Pittsburgh Performance Project rehearse?

Pittsburgh Performance Project Open rehearses twice a week. This is generally a 6-8 hour block per rehearsal. During competition season or for camp weekends, we may rehearse longer hours. In extremely rare circumstances, we may rehearse on Friday evenings prior to a competition. Pittsburgh Performance Project Cadets, Regional A and Senior Guards rehearse once a week.  Pittsburgh Performance Project rehearsal schedule, along with a schedule of fund raisers and other events, can be found on the season schedule page.

Pittsburgh Performance Project ask each prospective cast member to review the schedule and predict any scheduling conflicts with rehearsals & performances before making a commitment. To achieve the highest level of excellence, attendance at all rehearsals and performances is compulsory.  Dedication and commitment is paramount.  Attendance at all rehearsals, performances, competitions and trips is mandatory.


How much does it cost to perform with your organization?

The unique opportunity of performing with an independent winter guard is an expense. Cast member tuition fees are based on numerous cost variables of running the organization.  Tuition varies based on the cost of equipment, props, sets, costumes, lodging, transportation, rehearsal facilities fees, competition fees, staff fees, the number of cast members we have, as well as, other costs to run the program.

Tuition for each guard program varies.  Depending which program you are cast, fees are between $600 and $1200.  To assist our cast members, monthly payments are spread across the season.

Don't let money keep you from doing what you love!!! We have many fund raisers and sponsorship programs to assist you.

Do I need to purchase my own equipment?

Flags are provided.  However, if you are on the sabre or rifle line, you must purchase your own weapons.

PPP utilizes, 39 inch "The King Sabres" and 39 inch "King Kong Rifles" with black bolt and black strap.

To purchase your weapons, please visit https://www.designsbyking.com/products.htm


I can’t find the answer to my question. Where can I get the answer?

E-mail us at [email protected]! It will be our pleasure to answer any questions you may have for us!


If you are interested in becoming a part of Pittsburgh Performance Project,

please take a moment and  fill out the audition application


Contact us:   [email protected]