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Color Guard is an act of art that is sometimes overlooked. In the usual football games, when the halftime rolls in and the band steps onto the field, one of the most eye-catching moments are when the first flags are thrown into the air and caught to be later thrown again.

Inside Coaching

Megan Little (Color Guard instructor of East Hall High School)

Taking some time off to talk to Megan Little has been coaching Color Guard for three years at East Hall High school. What made her come back to East Hall was her own experience being in Color Guard and wanting to help future members.

When asked what is the most difficult part of coaching she said, “Yes coaching get difficult, sometimes the hardest part is trying to be strict enough so they take you seriously but not so evil that’s not any fun anymore.” She also says that her favorite part of Color Guard is seeing all the members grow in their ability and matureness.

Michelle Moore (Color Guard Co-instructor of East Hall High School)

Michelle has been coaching for four years in a row but has coached winter guard in years past. She said that her whole life she has been involved in marching band. Her parents both met in marching band, both playing the clarinet, so she was always watching the band march. Once she reached high school she was already playing the clarinet but she also had a passion for dance so she joined the Color Guard and loved it. She continued being in Color Guard throughout college and started coaching as soon as she could. We asked about winter guard she explained that winter guard is the Color Guard performing to non-marching band music, in a gym, while competing against other winter guards. She also explained how most teams decorate tarps to fit a theme, and how last year was a southern revival, so they painted their tarp like an old, wooden church floor and they even had a pew.

Color Guard First Hand

We pulled aside some Color Guard members to ask a few questions about their experience being in Color Guard.

Freshman, Taylor Green, was asked about what she looks forward to this year’s Color Guard. Taylor Green said, “The games, I look forward to the games and have this feeling

of being awesome on the field.” Taylor said that the one thing that most people struggle with is tossing up the flag and catching it.

Senior, Savannah Leech, (co-captain of Color Guard) has been doing Color guard since Freshman year and this will be her fourth year. Savannah wanted to do Color Guard because it was something different,  out of the ordinary. Savannah was asked how she prepares herself for competition and she answered, “Competitions are definitely scary like before you go on, your arms and hands start to shake and when I’m standing there  in position and my legs start to shake and they’re just going to fall underneath me, but to prepare myself I just calm down and I talk to the girls about it, ‘like it’s going to be okay we’re going to great we prepare for this’. And I also take a minute and pray and I’m just like, ‘Help me get through this and I just need you to help me for the next five minutes.”

Junior, Brisa Luna, (co-captain of Color Guard) got into Color Guard by her friends, she did more in-depth research on Color Guard and she was hooked. This is Brisa’s third year of Colorguard and so asked Brisa how she prepares herself for Color Guard and she answered, “There isn’t really a way to prepare yourself. You just come to practice and slowly day by day your body get used to it and make sure you get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. That’s probably the best way.”

Senior, Isabel Luna (co-captain of Color Guard) said that she started doing Color Guard as a way to get out of her comfort zone and that Color Guard really helped her to not be as shy. She has done Color Guard for 3 years now but has also done Winterguard for a year. She said that the way she prepares is by just getting through camp, but also by listening, and getting used, to the music. When asked about what most people struggle within Color Guard she responded, “We struggle just marching and doing flag work. I mean we’re all learning, we’ve all learned. Like the band people they’ve been playing their instrument since middle school, but we’ve been doing this since like freshman year so we just don’t have that much experience. Learning how to spin a flag and then learning how to march is difficult.”

Overall, Color Guard is a form of art that both accompanies a band but also stands out on its own. It is truly great hearing all of the great experiences from the members and coaches; it adds onto the already great sport that these girls do. They work hard every day to perfect what they do and be great at it, and every time they accomplish this. Colorguard is a true form of art that these girls perfect everyday and is something that should be more recognized.

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