Varsity Color Guard becomes WGI San Antonio Regional Finalist

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Varsity Color Guard becomes WGI San Antonio Regional Finalist

Senior co-captain Jamie Bailey performs

Senior co-captain Jamie Bailey performs "Endohedral" with the color guard at the Cedar Park Classic competition on Feb.23. According to Bailey, "Endohedral" is darker than past routines the color guard has performed. “For all of winter season we work on perfecting our show which is around four and a half minutes long,” Bailey said. “[The routine] is about being trapped so we use our props almost like the cage [is] trapping us.”

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Senior co-captain Jamie Bailey performs "Endohedral" with the color guard at the Cedar Park Classic competition on Feb.23. According to Bailey, "Endohedral" is darker than past routines the color guard has performed. “For all of winter season we work on perfecting our show which is around four and a half minutes long,” Bailey said. “[The routine] is about being trapped so we use our props almost like the cage [is] trapping us.”

Photo by Amelia Tapia

Photo by Amelia Tapia

Senior co-captain Jamie Bailey performs "Endohedral" with the color guard at the Cedar Park Classic competition on Feb.23. According to Bailey, "Endohedral" is darker than past routines the color guard has performed. “For all of winter season we work on perfecting our show which is around four and a half minutes long,” Bailey said. “[The routine] is about being trapped so we use our props almost like the cage [is] trapping us.”

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After football season, the color guard transitions into winter guard, the competition season for color guard without the band accompanying them.

On Feb. 2, the varsity color guard placed third at the WGI San Antonio Competition finals with a final score of 66.4. The color guard performed their piece titled “Endohedral,” routine that according to senior co-captain Jamie Bailey is darker than past routines they have performed.

“For all of winter season we work on perfecting our show which is around four and a half minutes long,” Bailey said. “[The routine] is about being trapped so we use our props almost like the cage [is] trapping us.”

According to junior Danielle Natera, competitions early in the winter guard season are nerve-wracking due to the lack of performing experience beforehand.

“Once we actually get out there and hear the crowd cheer for us, we feed off their energy and excitement,” Natera said. “The adrenaline kicks in, removing any nervous energy.”

The morning of the competition, the color guard reported to the school at 9:45 a.m. for an hour-long rehearsal and then they traveled almost two hours to Canyon High School in New Braunfels, the location of the competition.

They performed later that day, Bailey said that she was content with the results, despite not getting first.

“I was really happy and proud with how the results turned out,” Bailey said. “[I am] very proud of my team for all the hard work they’ve put in and I can’t wait to just keep getting better.”

Sophomore Emily Chapa said that although she thinks they did well, there is still room for improvement for the team.

“I think we would do better in the future competitions when we become more confident in what we are doing,” Chapa said.

The color guard hosted Cedar Park Classical, a color guard showcase and competition, on Saturday, Feb. 23. The team performed “Endohedral” again and according to Natera, the color guard performed well among the 70 schools who performed.

“We keep improving every week, and I have a feeling that this could be a very good season,” Natera said.

The team captain, senior Ally Hall, said that the color guard’s improvement and overall growth this year is in part due to the expanding middle school color guard program.

“As our guard gets more established, we build a larger vocabulary of skills and tricks,” Hall said. “We took a chance this year by doing a darker show than our usual light-hearted and bubbly shows and it’s really working in our favor.”