Competitive Winter Guard Season Sets Sail


Brandon Grant

Winter guard performs their 2022 show “The Stones” at their final competition of the season at Powhatan High School in March.

Liberty Grant, Writer

Competitive winter guard kicked off its season on Wednesday, Nov. 9, revealing this year’s Pirates of the Caribbean inspired show theme at an interest meeting held in the band room.

Winter guard is the indoor version of the color guard, which performs with the marching band. The winter guard performs individually as a competitive team, performing a show designed by coach Courtney McGrady. The show consists of intricate choreography and drill movements.

“Winter guard is the sport of indoor color guard. Modern color guard is a combination of the use of flags, sabers, mock rifles, and other equipment, as well as dance and other interpretive movements. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format,” Courtney McGrady, the head coach and show designer for the winter guard, said. She has been involved in the sport for seventeen years.

The winter guard program is fairly new. It was established in 2019 and has only had four competitive seasons. Last year, the team scored a 52.00 during its final competition, the highest score in its history. Many of the team’s new and returning members are looking forward to a promising season. After last year’s feat, as well as the successful marching band season, members feel confident that this year’s winter guard will be a winning team.

“I am excited for this opportunity to perform with my two favorite people in guard for the final time. I am optimistic about our chances this season,” Gabriel Henson (‘24) said, who is in his third season of winter guard.

With an exciting show and high hopes, the winter guard is now ready to begin rehearsals as they prepare for their first competition in February.

“I like to spin pretty flags because they look cool. I am really excited for this season,” Maya Sims (‘26) stated, who is going into her first season.

The first practice will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, in the band room. Those who were unable to attend the interest meeting will be able to participate in the first practice if they so choose. Those looking to obtain the paperwork given out at the meeting are encouraged to visit Mr. Gillette in the band room.