What is Winterguard?Winterguard is similar to the colorguard in the marching band. You will learn how to spin a flag and you will also learn a little bit about dance related movement as this is an aspect of winterguard and colorguard as well. Winterguard rehearsals are held indoors in a gym or cafeteria. We use the winterguard program at Greendale as a starter program for our GHS marching band colorguard, so if you are interested in participating in marching band colorguard when you get to high school this would be a very beneficial activity for you to participate in! The GHS marching band has participated in many exciting events and parades around the country most notably the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York and the 2020 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. We are already planning for repeat participation in these parades and other various activities as well as continuing to be competitive at a national level in the marching band activity. We want to get a lot of people on the team this year so even if you’re slightly curious about the activity, please join us and see what we’re all about – we promise you will have fun! The high school colorguard team is also going to help instruct the middle school team. Each middle school student will get a high school “buddy” to help guide them through the learning process and spin choreography together. This process will give middle school students more individual instruction as well as the opportunity to meet and bond with their future older teammates. Who can participate in winterguard and do I need to have previous experience?We invite any 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students (girls or boys) who are interested in winterguard to join us – we do not have tryouts for our winter season. You do not need any previous experience whatsoever in colorguard or dance. Almost everyone who joins winterguard/colorguard starts without knowing anything about the activity. We will teach you everything you need to know throughout the season! There is also no cost to participate in the middle school winterguard program. 8th graders will transition to the high school colorguard team starting with auditions in mid February if they wish to continue to participate in fall marching band colorguard. When are rehearsals? Rehearsals will start Monday January 27th and go through the first week of March on Mondays (and one Tuesday) from 5:30-8:30 PM in the GHS MPR and upper gym. Rehearsals are always open to parents. A full schedule will be handed out at our first rehearsal which is Monday January 27th from 5:30-8:30 PM in the GHS MPR. Please contact Tami Reifenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 414-416-0013 if you have any questions.