Color Guard

What is color guard? keep-calm-and-spin-on-38-9234

Modern color guard has evolved over the years into a form of entertainment similar to dance theater. Color guard can be found in most American colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, and independent drum corps. Color guard uses props, along with movement, to express dynamic passages in the music accompanying the marching band show. Usually marching bands and color guards perform during football games at halftime, out of tradition.

Traditionally, a band would accompany the soldiers to play music to keep their spirits up and to keep them in beat. Along with the band, they also had a soldier holding a flag with their colors on it.

In a marching band or a drum and bugle corps, the color guard is a non-musical section that provides additional visual aspects to the performance. During competitions, the guard adds to the overall score of the band, but is also judged in its own category, usually called “auxiliary”.

The purpose of the color guard is to interpret the music that the marching band or drum and bugle corps is playing through the synchronized spinning of flags, sabers, rifles, the air blade and through dance.

This is sometimes accomplished by using different colors and styles of flags, like swing flags and tapered flags, and by using backdrops to bring color and scenery to the field if the concept of the show is hard to interpret.

The number of members in a color guard can range from a single person to over 50 members. This is often dependent on the size of the band, school or corps, the allotted budget, and the talent available among the potential members who try out.

Color guard has evolved into a separate activity known as winter guard, which is an indoor activity where the guard performs unaccompanied by the band, but performing to a piece of pre-recorded music. Winter guards compete independently in such circuits as Winter Guard International (WGI) and Tournament Indoor Association (TIA).

Guard Activities:

Winter Concert
Spring Concert
Pre-Band Camp
Band Camp
After school rehearsals
Football games, Pep Rallies, Parades
Marching Festivals (FBA and others)
Winter Guard Festivals (FBA and others)
Public service/Fundraising performances