Winter Guard is similar to Fall Color Guard, except the performances are indoors on gymnasium floors through the winter season. We begin our Winter Guard season in December with auditions and competitions begin in January. The traditional marching band music heard during fall season is replaced with a recording of various musical genres. A common theme in many shows is loss or something that conveys great emotion. The gymnasium floor typically is covered by an individually designed tarp (called a floor mat or floor by members) that generally reflects the show being performed on it. Occasionally the floor only acts as a backdrop so that the audience is drawn towards what the members are doing. There are several winter guard circuits for participating in competitions during indoor season.
Our Winter Guard is broken up into three groups:
Cadets, Scholastic Regional A, Scholastic Open and placement is based off of auditions. We use sabers, rifles, flags and other props to enhance our shows each season.
Winter Guard International (WGI) is the "Sport of the Arts", in which teams of highly skilled individuals work to create and perform complex sequences of dance, music, and use of special equipment, such as sabers, rifles, and flags, to compete by division. This organization refers to winter guard as the "Sport of the Arts" due to the equally athletic and artistic nature of the activity. The goal of WGI was to organize and standardize the activity by creating skill levels, scoring systems, venues, and competitions.
WGI hosts many regional competitions which lead up to the World Championships, a three-day event in which hundreds of winter guard groups come together to compete. WGI Championships is held in Dayton, Ohio.
The Southern Association for Performance Arts (SAPA) serves to provide pageantry organizations with fair and quality competitions that foster growth and enrich its members, participants, and spectators. These are Regional competition event held through the Southern Regional with Championships held in April of each year.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
2022 - 2023
Winter Winds was a Program offered 2015-2018 at Mill Creek HS. It is no longer offered at this time.