Granite Bay High School Colorguard – A Winning Team

Thank you, Claire Sharp, for guest blogging on this site today!  Claire, a GBHS parent, is involved in the Colorguard program at the high school.   

 What is Colorguard?  It’s a team looking for new members!

If you’ve been in the Eureka School District you’ve seen the Colorguard every year at Halloween.  A Guard member might have picked you out of the crowd to play with the band, or you’ve been amazed by the flags that the guard spins.   That’s right – they are the ones with the flags. 

The Colorguard is a unit of the Emerald Brigade Marching Band, and participates in Band competitions during the Fall Season. In the  Winter Season, the Guard won the majority of its competitions, which are dance based, and take place indoors.

When you’re in Colorguard you dance, run the entire football field, march in parades, and all the while spinning a flag, or tossing a rifle or sabre.  In the Winter season, the guard performs indoors in a dance-based performance.  Sounds easy?  Well, according the students, it takes a lot of practice, but almost anyone can learn.

According to Coach Marr, “the Colorguard, like any other group activity, is important in teaching our students how to work well with others within a team environment.  There are so many life skills that can be learned while being involved in guard such as time management, leadership skills, team building, conflict resolution, and so many other skills that can be taken away from the activity. But, I think the life-long friendships, pride, and self worth a person gets from performing  are the most important part of guard.”

How do you become a member of the Colorguard?  Show up at one of their Try-It-Outs which, this year, will be held on June 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the GBHS Cafeteria ( right near the entrance of the school).  If you’re an incoming freshman or a current student looking for something new to try, this is the ticket.   Bring your positive attitude, wear clothes you can move in, and bring your friends.  Parents are welcome too.   The Guard looks forward to meeting YOU.

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