By Annie Griffith
TROY — The stands go quiet as the Troy High School marching band enters the field, but your eye is not always attracted to the band. The color guard, with their dazzling uniforms and flowing flags, tends to attract the most attention when on the field.
Troy High School’s Winter Guard, a winter session of Color Guard, has been practicing hard — four hours each practice — since early December. Winter Guard is a Sport of the Arts — bringing music to life through their performances.
The 11 member Winter Guard has been successful in their circuit — placing third one time and placing second three times, said Kathy McIntosh, band director at Troy High School.
The Winter Guard members competed against about seven groups each time they competed, she said.
This year’s theme is “Dog Days,” inspired by Florence + the Machine. The members were able to show off their new uniforms and coordinating flags inspired by the blue pastel theme. The guard performed to the song “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machine.
Troy High School’s Winter Guard is not something that is new, the Winter Guard was around nearly 10 years ago, explained McIntosh. The Winter Guard was brought back this year so the guard members could participate all year, instead of only during the marching band season, she said.
Anyone can participate
in Winter Guard, this year’s Winter Guard is composed of not only former guard members, but also members of the band. They have learned the complex drill and choreography, resulting in their success, McIntosh said.