First Year of Winter Guard

by Emily Wilson, Reporter

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Students from the Winter Color Guard team gather in the band room at the end of practice Dec. 10. After a two and a half hour practice, the team re-grouped and spent the final minutes of the practice discussing the upcoming season and it’s events.

For the first year, Winter Color Guard is starting at Rock Canyon. The team is composed of students from all grades and will be competing in Regional A competitions throughout the season that runs into the beginning of April. The team practices began on Monday Dec. 10 and are every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30- 9:00 p.m. as well as some Saturday mornings.

“I’m most excited about starting a new program and designing my first show. I wanted to start a program at Rock Canyon because I was a part of starting a program when I was in high school. I’ve been very passionate about guard and want to spread it to others,” said instructor of the team, Marguerite Buhr.

Many of the joining members recently participated in Marching Band this past season and chose to be apart of the first Winter Color Guard after having loved the activity and wanting to be able to continue practicing their color guard skills.

“Being able to be with a bunch of friends and being able to create something that we are all proud of and have that product be something that other people enjoy watching is pretty cool,” said returning color guard member, Tyler Craig ‘19.

Along with having veteran color guard members join, there are more than a few new members who will be learning new skills such as dancing and working with a flag for the first time.

“I’m most excited to get to know the guard family better and get to try something new and definitely outside of my comfort zone,” said new guard member, Emily McDonald ‘19.

Throughout the season the team will be learning choreography on flags, rifles, and dance and will be doing their work to the song Tightrope from the movie The Greatest Showman. They will have several competitions and we are excited to see what great things they will achieve in their first year.