In just its second year as a team, Carroll County High School’s Winter Guard is off the ground with flying colors.
The Cavaliers opened the winter season January 27 at Virginia High School in Bristol by placing second out of seven schools. Basically a winter version of the Color Guard, the Winter Guard helps team members continue to work on their skills and improve.
“The Winter Guard is just the flags from the marching band and they perform inside in a big white tarp,” said Carroll County Band Director Michael Farina. “The band plays all year long. After marching band is over, the guard puts their stuff up and doesn’t touch it again until July, so they are not really getting any better. Now, this helps them improve and you don’t have to worry about going outside during the winter. They are doing very well.”
The CCHS Winter Guard performed at Carroll County High School publicly for the first time on Wednesday during halftime of a varsity basketball game. Farina explained the performance was titled “Superman” but it was done through eyes of Lois Lane.
“It is more of the Superman wants to save the day all the time and Lois is telling him you don’t have to be that way with me. She wants to spend time with him but he is never there because he is out saving the day,” Farina said. “The girls do really great with it. Hannah Kestner, a college kid at Emory & Henry, came down and wrote the show for us and it is so fantastic we are going to use her to write our stuff from now on.”
The Carroll County Winter Guard will next perform in a competition at Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee. From there, the team will perform at Marion in March before finishing the season at Tennessee High School in Bristol for the finals.
“Last year was our first year doing it. Last year we just got it off the ground, so we didn’t have a real complicated show. It was just really basic,” Farina said. “This year, Hannah Kestner has done a great job writing for us and Devanie Mullins is coaching them, teaching them to practice, and I am kind of doing the administrative part. It is great for the kids now and it will carry over into the fall, and next year it will carry over into the winter and we will just keep the cycle going.”
Farina said the Winter Guard can be used as a recruiting tool. He plans to have the team perform at Carroll County Middle School to build excitement and to let students know they can join without any experience.
“Just come and give it a shot and hopefully do it here at the high school. It will definitely help the program,” Farina said. “They work hard. I couldn’t do that. They spin and catch the rifles. I would probably knock myself out.”
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