Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) non-profit youth performance ensemble based out of Lexington, KY. Founded in 2004, TCIE started as a Scholastic Open Unit and quickly ascended to competing in the Independent division. Tates Creek competes in the Winter Guard International (WGI) Percussion Independent Open Class as well as Tri-State Marching Arts (TMA) and makes appearances in the Mid-East Performance Association (MEPA).  Members of the ensemble typically range between the ages of 17-22 and travel from Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, and West Virginia.


Our Mission

To provide our cast members with a world class performance experience, enriched through education, teamwork, and motivation.

The thing that impresses me the most about TCIE, is their ability to do everything from the ground up. To go from Scholastic Open to Independent World in such a short time is an amazing achievement.
— Joe Vala, Tri State Marching Arts


  • WGI 2012 Independent World Finalist
  • WGI 2009 Independent Open Bronze Medalist
  • Tri-State Marching Arts 9 Time Gold Medalist
  • MEPA 2 Time Silver Medalist
  • WGI PIO Finalist 2008-2011