Seavine Scholarships

The Cymbal Scholarship

Seavine CEO Chelsea Levine congratulating the 2018 DCI Cymbal Scholarship winners: Aaron Kim from Gold, Joseph Norem from Cascades, and Spencer Rankin from 7th Regiment.

WGI 2022 Scholarship is Live!

Application Deadline: December 5th, 2022 11:59 PST
(There will be 0 submissions accepted after this time)

Application structure and guidelines, please read

Welcome to the 2022 WGI Cymbal Scholarship! This scholarship is designed in hopes to get financial assistance to those that need it most.

Eligibility for The Cymbal Scholarship is for all contracted WGI cymbal players in Independent A, Independent Open, and Independent World Class for the 2020 season. No applicant can owe previous membership fees to any WGI or DCI ensemble. Your ensemble must be competing at WGI Championships in Dayton, OH.

The application is broken up into two portions, one video and one essay. Each applicant is to submit entries for both parts for full point consideration. Each question will be scored based off of 70% content and 30% delivery. We are excited to give applicants the opportunity to express themselves in written and video format.

For the video submission please read the following information:

  • Video must be a minimum length of 1 minute and 15 seconds and a maximum length of 4 minutes and 30 seconds
  • Please state your full name in the video
  • The applicant must be the sole person speaking in the submitted video
  • All video submissions must be uploaded to YouTube as unlisted (not public or private)
  • Any video that is not uploaded to YouTube as unlisted will not be considered for adjudication
  • Video submission will not be scored based off of editing skills, effects, or quality of camera but feel free to get creative

    For the essay submissions, please read the following information:

    • All essays should be submitted on the application
    • We highly recommend typing your essay in a word processing software and then copy and pasting it into the given area
    • For full point value, answer the given prompt in complete sentences with spelling, grammar, format, and completeness of thought with the utmost attention
    • Multiple paragraphs is recommended to properly get your thought across in an organized manner
    • Answers should be between 300-700 words

    The judging panel consists of former and current cymbal educators along with other qualified leaders within the marching community. It is important to remember that the adjudication process is objective but judging guidelines and rubrics are followed to the utmost detail and transparency.

    In the event that you win The Cymbal Scholarship and do not finish your marching season, you are expected to return all scholarship monies to Seavine before WGI Championships have concluded.

    The Cymbal Scholarship is made possible by cymbal players and for cymbal players. The Cymbal Scholarship is fully funded by Seavine profits and is only possible by all of the incredible performers and educators that purchase our products such as The Cymbal Gloves.

    We are incredibly excited to offer the only scholarship designated to those that play a unique part in the drumline as a marching cymbal player. Best of luck with your application and have a great WGI season!

    —The Cymbal Scholarship Advisory Board

    WGI 2022 Scholarship Form

    The essay portion is worth 50% of your overall score. We recommend a multi-paragraph answer to the question to fully express your ideas.


    Video Submission Prompt: After two years of not having a full WGI season, what statement do you want to make as a cymbal player, performer, and member this season? How are you feeling with the promise of a full season ahead? Your video must be between 1 minute and 15 seconds and 4 minutes and 30 seconds.


    List of Past Winners

    WGI 2020

    • Carley Belknap (George Mason University Indoor)
    • Isabel Beumer (Modulation Z)
    • Lauren Frisch (Rise Percussion 2)
    • Sebastian Orrego (INFINITY Percussion Ensemble)
    • Kia Sutcliffe (Veritas Indoor)
    • Jenjira Townsend (United Percussion 2)

    WGI 2019

    • Carley Belknap (George Mason University Indoor)
    • John David Mezger (Rhythm X)
    • Bradley Rivera (Rhythm X)
    • Shelby Robinson (Crossroads Indoor)
    • Joseph Valdecanas (NOMAD Indoor)
    • Jessica Westphal (Rise Percussion)
    • Bain Wills (INFINITY Percussion)

    DCI 2018

    • Aaron Kim (Gold Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Joseph Norem (Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Spencer Rankin (7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps)

    WGI 2018

    • Bradley Rivera (Rhythm X)
    • Chanelle Brown (Nomad Indoor Drumline)
    • Isabel Beumer (Modulation Z)
    • Jonathan Earl (Audio Theater)
    • Kia Sutcliffe (Legacy Indoor)
    • Molly Gormley (George Mason University Indoor)

    DCI 2017

    • Carley Belknap (Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Hijlco Lankhorst (Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Jenna Errthum (Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Molly Gormley (Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Peyton Alexander (Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Tamun Hanjra (Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps)

    WGI 2017

    • Bethany Cady (Matrix Open)
    • Brandon McKinley (INFINITY)
    • Christopher Carlin (Rhythm X)
    • Gabriella Palao (George Mason University Indoor)
    • Jessica Westphal (Rise Percussion)
    • Madison Gifford (STRYKE Percussion 2)
    • Molly Gormley (George Mason University Indoor)

    DCI 2016

    • Colton Huebel (The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Gabby Palao (Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Alex Huizen (Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Shannon Lynch (Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps)

    WGI 2016

    • Joshua Napier (Infinity Percussion (Infinity3)
    • Branden Annakie (Chattanooga Independent Percussion Ensemble)
    • Liv Arback (Rise Percussion)
    • Rachel Rainwater (Atlanta Quest Independent Indoor Drumline (Q2)
    • Christopher Carlin (Rhythm X)
    • Jessica Kukla (NorthCoast Academy)
    • Ronnie MacDuff (Cavaliers Indoor Percussion)
    • Gabby Palao (George Mason University Indoor)

    DCI 2015

    • Alexander Huizen (Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Conner Arndt (Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Danielle Davis (Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Payton Hisock (The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Alex Queen (Legends Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Michael Sasson (Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps)

    WGI 2015

    • Christopher Carlin (FIU Indoor Ensembles)
    • David Haven (Atlanta Quest Cymbals)
    • Anamaria Martinez (FIU Indoor)
    • Kendall Montie (Infinity Percussion)
    • Kea’Anee Morgan (Blue Knights)
    • Vyvian Perez (Pulse & POW)
    • Rachel Rainwater (Q2)
    • Shea Snyder (Dark Sky Percussion)

    DCI 2014

    • Ryan Moreno (The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Daniel Moreno (Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Weston Powers (Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Joseph Wattenhofer (Colts Drum & Bugle Corps)
    • Josh Diaz (The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps)

    WGI 2014

    • Kelsey Ferguson (Matrix)
    • Katey Black (Atlanta Quest)
    • Taylor Vennewitz (Legacy Indoor)
    • Edgar Anguiano (POW Percussion)
    • Tristan Beitler (Aftermath Percussion)
    • Andi Johns (Motor City Percussion)
    • Sophie Soueid (Vigilantes Indoor)
    • Neechelle Takinen (Breakthrough Indoor)
    • Jenna Cisneros (REEF Independent)
    • Caleb Branschbich (Legends Indoor)
    • Aaron Hunt (Chattanooga Independent)
    • Cooper Mannon (Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble)

    DCI 2013

    • Tyler Fass (Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Robert Dozier (Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Jason Surkin (Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Gerard Bahri (Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps)

    WGI 2013

    • Rachel Adams (Rhythm X)
    • Andrew Herchfelt (Arizona State University Indoor Ensemble)
    • Steve Nelson (Palmetto Percussion)
    • Joel Lopez (INFINITY Percussion)

    DCI 2012

    • Marc Stephenson (Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Alex Rosas (Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Zack Blessing (Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps)
    • Adrian Sarmiento (Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps)