Flags being raised in winter
Noah Mac, Reporter
With marching band season coming to an end and the concert bands taking the stage, another ensemble takes to the gym floor to perform - Winter Guard.
While colorguard is a section of the marching band throughout and fall competitive season, winter guard is an extension of the color guard that is part of the marching band in the fall. Unlike traditional color guard, winter guard is performed indoors, usually in a gymnasium or an indoor arena.
Performances make use of recorded music rather than a live band or orchestra paired with dance moves, formations, and equipment that includes flag, rifle, and sabre. In previous years there has always been a Wyandotte independent winter guard, consisting of only Roosevelt students. In recent years, the independent winter guard opened up to all downriver schools having only a few Wyandotte students, but with a more interest in this year’s group more students are showing interest in the newly formed guard.
Their first rehearsal was last Saturday, November 18, this rehearsal was to give new members an experience how winter guard operates and help decide whether winter guard is for them.
“From what I’ve seen from the first rehearsal, I’m very excited,” senior second year winter guard member Natalie Walsh said. “The new members are learning quickly and they seem like they’re willing to put the time and effort into it.”
This year’s winter guard show is performing to the song, “Falling” by Florence and The Machine. Instead of telling a love story through interpretive dance and spinning flags and rifles, the performers are taking an alternative direction and being raindrops falling from clouds.
Coaches this year are Gina Matthews and Shannon Tyrybon, both color guard coaches during the marching band season. Both coaches have drum corp experience from performing or coaching as well.
“I feel that with Shannon as one of the coaches, she will help us become more uniform and together,” Walsh said. “Overall, I’m excited, I think this will be a great first season.”
The guards next rehearsal is December 2 and their first performance is a Field Day, which makes sure the team is on the right track according to their class requirements, on Saturday, January 3 at Flushing High School.