Like dancers, band kids, and really any other activity, there are certain quirks that every color guard member subconsciously does. Whether it is compiling a mental list of every "real life" story involving color guard, or training their non-guard friends to walk in step with them, guard folks have a unique MO.
We've compiled a list of the 7 things every color guard member does whether they think about it or not...
Broomsticks, hockey sticks, pretzel sticks, yard sticks, drum sticks, pens, pencils, spatulas, vacuum attachments, rakes, shovels, umbrellas, fallen tree limbs. It doesn't matter what it is. If it can be spun like a flag (or rifle or sabre) guard folks will find a way to spin it.
...And train their non-band friends who don't walk in time with them. Because why wouldn't you?
Whether sitting in class, stretching, working out, or reaching for something in a far away place, guard folks are notorious for pointing their toes whenever their feet leave the ground. It's a fact of life...your foot leaves the ground, you must point it.
...And it's usually a very eclectic mix. Their favorite rap songs, love ballads, T. Swift singles, Disney music, and more, all on playlists titled "Winterguard Showssssssssss," "Generally Effective Songs," "Future Guard Tunes," etc.
Don't lie. Anytime your winterguard show from 3 seasons ago comes on the radio, everyone starts singing, your group starts air flagging, or you find yourself performing to strangers in the middle of the grocery store. Old shows never die!
Because only in color guard are bruises, scrapes, sunburns, and other minor athletic-related injuries seen as a badge of honor. That double parallel, catch in the silk, body roll trick didn't just happen through osmosis after all.
Did you know that you can apply the concepts of momentum, potential/kinetic energy, gravity, and more to color guard? That rhythms and syncopated beats are fractions of the whole count? If not, we may have just helped you pass Algebra and Physics! Speech class wouldn't be complete without at least 1 demonstrative speech on how to spin a flag. No matter how much guard folks like or dislike their classes, they are masters at applying what they do in guard with what they learn in other disciplines. And that's pretty neat!
Danielle Lavrenz lives for pageantry and the marching arts. Passionate about colorguard, she has marched since she was in 7th grade. She marched with the Morton High School band program for a total of 6 years, including 3 years in their circuit-level winterguard. She was a 4 year camper at the Music for All Summer Symposium and marched in the 2009 Bands of America Tournament of Roses Parade Honor Band. She went on to attend Murray State University, where she studied English Education, was an active member in the MSU Racer Band, and was devoted to her sisters in the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity. She marched with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010, 2011, and 2014 as well, earning a bronze and gold metal during her tenure. She has teched, choreographed, and directed for Marshall County High School, Calloway County High School, Bethel University, Morton High School, Waukesha North High School, and Greendale High School. Lavrenz is a member of the DSI Marketing Team and currently resides in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where she teaches at Greendale High School. She is also a staff member at the Music For All Summer Symposium.