Don’t catch a cold, catch a flag!

Winter guard season has begun and students from around the state have joined.


While everyone drives home from practice, sophomore Sofia Hemingway steps outside to practice spinning her rifle. “Although I jam my finger every time I spin a rifle, I still enjoy the experience,” Hemingway said. After she practiced for a few minutes, she went home to bed.

Danielle M Carlisi, Staff Writer

As marching band season ends, students from across the district come together with one purpose: to join a winter guard team allowing them to continue spinning and competing throughout the winter.

“[I am trying out for winter guard] because color guard is great and it makes me happy,” sophomore trombonist Taylor Jahn said.

Winter guard, a competitive sport, takes place indoors. Teams consist of an experienced coach and a maximum of 30 members. These members come from different schools and vary in age depending on their team’s division. 

“Some parts of [spinning a flag] are challenging, but it gets easier,” Jahn said.

Michigan Color Guard Circuit (MCGC) organizes all of the competitions and events the teams get involved in. These competitions take place in different high schools and colleges across Michigan. Students don’t need experience to be a part of the action, according to senior Lydia Schroeder.

“I would recommend others to do it. It’s a good time,” Schroeder said. “I really enjoyed [performing in winter guard]; it’s really exciting. It makes me happy to know that people enjoy our show.”