Winterguard Launches Season at Martin High School Saturday

Since the winter competitive season is approaching, color guard members will perform their first show of the season at Martin High School Saturday.

“The JV show is entitled ‘The midnight train’ and the varsity show is entitled ‘The connection’,” Color Guard Director Damien Waites said. “Jv performs at 3:41 p.m. and varsity performs at 5:39 p.m.” 

Waites said he feels the team will do a fantastic job at the competition.

“The first show can always be scary,” he said. “But we have a very talented cast in both winter guards,” 

To prepare for their shows, the team put in numerous hours of practice each week.

“Getting ready for the competition has consisted of learning new tricks and perfecting technique during guard class every day,” senior Lieutenant Precious Omwoyo said. “We also have practice twice a week for about three hours to learn our entirely new shows.”

Omwoyo said she has faith in her teammates.

“I feel that we will do extremely well because we devote so much time to this activity,” she said. “Our new director has also tried to make our choreography more challenging so that we can place higher.” 

Junior Marissa Mandes said how she works hard to get over her nerves while performing.

“I love to perform but I always get nervous,” she said. “At the end of the day I just focus on giving my all and having fun because that’s all that matters.”

Omwoyo said she is excited for the competition season because the team has improved since the beginning of the year.

“Both JV and varsity have grown so much since our marching season in the fall,” she said. “I can’t wait to see how we do!” 

At the competition, JV placed third and varsity sixth.