Color Guard doubles

Color Guard has nearly doubled its size this year with 26 new members. In response to this new size, Color Guard has employed new strategies for training and performance.

Compared to last year’s 28 members, the number of Color Guard members this year has increased to 54.

“A big color guard is something really unusual, so if we are performing or competing, and we pull out all 54 members, it’s just such a big impact to the judges because usually there are 20 girls at the most in a Color Guard,” junior Jillian Magallanes said.

Color guard members decided to host a session in which they taught new members basic vocabulary and moves on June 5, the Friday before the start of the Color Guard and Band Camp.

“I feel really close to [the new members] even though we’ve only known each other for a couple of months. We’ve all grown together, and we’ve all progressed together,” senior Kimsly Quezada said.

Instead of having alternates, a specific group of members who will not participate in a number, all of Color Guard will be switched on and off the field during different numbers.

“I think it’s a good idea to have us concentrate on a smaller group of people for a specific part of the show. It’s a lot more manageable in the sense that they get to focus on one thing and one thing only, so their skill level definitely rises,” captain senior Phillip Sobretodo said.

Because of its large size, Color Guard has to use a bus separate from the band members as well as a new practice room in the portable classroom next to the track.

“It’s more convenient because with Color Guard you have more equipment like the rifles and the flags. We used to be in the locker room, so we lacked space to put our equipment. It’s [also] just nice to have our own space. We don’t have to share, we don’t have to make sure no one’s going to be there. It’s helpful,” sophomore Arianna Craft said.

Color Guard’s first competition with its new members and size is on Saturday, Oct. 10.

“My expectation is that we take home the first place trophy. I feel like we can achieve that because we have the drive and the passion toward it, and I want to have high expectations for us,” Quezada said.

By Emily Chen, Arts editor