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The Season Of Winter Guard

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The month of December has come, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. While Christmas is approaching, winter guard is also coming up. Winter guard is where we basically recruit eighth graders to start learning the basics of guard. We teach them the basics and have a small performance at the end to test if they want to try out for actual color guard.

 

This year is a bit different; we are recruiting sixth through eighth graders this year for winter guard. We have never done this in previous years, and this will be different than all my other years of winter guard. I have participated in winter guard since I was in the eighth grade, four years of winter guard down in the books. I have two more years left; then winter guard will officially be over for me.

 

My eighth grade year we had completely different instructors, Maddie Keisling and Alisha Shannon. While Maddie was only around for my winter guard year, Alisha was around for two of my winter guard years. To replace Maddie, in came Mariah Swartz. Mariah has been my winter guard instructor for all my years except for one, my eighth grade year. To say she means a lot is an understatement. Mariah has taught me more basics in these four winterguard years than I could have expected. From drop spins on both flag and rifle, to backhands on a rifle. Once my friend Annie had been thrown onto the rifle line one day, she had said, “I can’t learn rifle; I can’t even do drop spins on a rifle.” Then Sasha Davis came in; Sasha has been with me for two years now; this will be the third year coming up. Both Mariah and Sasha had took time to help Annie learn the basics of rifle, even though she thought she couldn’t do it. Both my instructors mean a lot to not only me but the whole entire guard.

 

While Sasha and Mariah are making this their last winter guard with us, they won’t be with us for color guard this coming up year in 2018. Due to personal issues throughout the band directors and instructors, Mariah and Sasha will be parting from the program. So this last winter guard year has to be worth it, and I am excited yet very disappointed in how fast these years have been going. Winter guard is my favorite winter sport to participate in, and I can’t wait to get back to learning more basics. From double time to roll it overs, I am excited to finally learn more.

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2 Responses to “The Season Of Winter Guard”

  1. Hailee Boehme on December 12th, 2017 8:49 am

    Great article! Can’t wait for next marching season!

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  2. Kayleigh Jasmantas on December 12th, 2017 10:32 am

    Winter Guard sounds like a great bonding experience and I hope I can do it again this year.

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The Season Of Winter Guard