Winter Guard is the second competitive season for the year for color guard students. The group prepares a show to be performed in a gymnasium that is judged in competition with other schools.

Students learn choreography, characterization and movement skills while simultaneously handling the traditional color guard equipment of flag, rifle and sabre. Winter Guard groups become tight-knit, as they spend together in rehearsal and competition, supporting and trusting each other through the learning of complicated stunts and choreography. Each year’s show has a different theme with which the students can engage. There are several weekend competitions in which the Guard competes against other schools in front of a panel of judges.

The Winter Guard activity is organized regionally through the Winter Guard Association of Southern California (www.wgasc.org) and internationally through Winter Guard International (www.wgi.org).