Winter Guard season is canceled

Winter guard season has been canceled as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of students and staff amid recent coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. 

The two circuits that hold the winter guard competitions, West Coast Winter Guard and Winter Guard Association of Southern California, decided to cancel their events, ending the winter guard competition season.

“It is upsetting that our season had to be cut short but I think that it is for the better that it did. Personally, I felt really sad because it is my senior year and this was my last chance to perform our last three shows and have that last experience in Color Guard,” captain senior Joshua Almonte said. “There is nothing we can do about it; it’s out of our hands.”

Winter Guard had three more competitions planned for their season, one of the competitions being their championships at San Marcos High School, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 29. Additionally, Winter Guard’s trip to New York and its showcase, which would have been held in the WHS gym with drumline, was postponed. 

“Unfortunately, all the hard work that the WHS Winter Guard team had poured into their show won’t be recognized and appreciated,” coach Nicole Murakami said. “I, as well as the entire team, are completely devastated, but we understand. As sad as it is, it seems necessary.”

By Flora Lei, Print editor-in-chief
Photo courtesy of Nathalie Husain