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These are fun when you're getting pumped up for a show; or when you're having down time and you just want to have some fun!
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This is my fav:
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Strawberry shortcake, banana split
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Peel your banana and UH take a bite!

BASICS: Marching Fundamentals

Read some schools'/organizations guidelines for marching fundamentals: (pages 8-10)

Which Marching Band Geek are You?

Take this quiz and find out!

My #1 was Drumline. I wasn't on the drumline, but you woulda thought I was b'c I was chasing thos boys!
My #2 was Colorguard. YEP! That's it! Like, duh!
My #3 was trumpet. Yep! Well, I quit brass to be on the Colorguard!
My #4 was Drum Major. Well, you woulda though I was DM by the way I ordered people around!

Tips for Band Camp

What to bring tp band camp (stars mean these are MUSTS):

  • Sunscreen **** - Don't think you can go without it, and don't think your not going to get a tan if you use it. Trust me, I've gone through all the little comments like "Who smells like coconuts?" or "Who's wearing sunscreen?" But in the end run, you'll be the one smiling because your most likley not going to get SKIN CANCER which is a very serious issue, and you won't have to deal with peeling and being red all over. Slop on the regular liquid sunscreen before camp, bring that, and then bring some spray kind at band camp to reapply during breaks.

  • Sunglasses * - Although you may not be able to wear it all throughout the day, like say when your doing jumping jacks or stretches, they come in handy when having to do attentions while staring in the sun, (even closing your eyes is just as bad) and you might lessen your risk of having eye problems later down the road.

  • Water, Gatorade, and no COKES! **** - Stock up on a lot of this. It's a good idea to bring a mini cooler to stock all your fluids in. Yes, the band staff does supply gatorade and water, but usually there are extra long lines and somtimes you don't have the patience to wait.

  • Hats and Visors * - These are not musts, because sometimes hats can get annoying when doing flag work. but it is a very good idea to bring one at all times. You can get a serious sunburn on your scalp if you have a short hair cut, but sun can penetrate through anything. Girls: if you are growing out your bangs and your hair has a tendency to fall down in a split on your scalp, you need to wear a hat. I've had sunburns on my scalp way too many times than i can say since i grew out my own. This also goes if you decide to put your hair in braids, or pigtails.. but it's best to just wear a pony tail!

  • Ankle socks - This isn't our top priority, but if you are big on not having tan lines and such, this is a good thing to buy before you leave. Plus it's just less hot cotton on your body!
  • Sneakers/ Tennis shoes **** - Never wear sandals or flip flops. You'll get chewed out by your band director and you'll also get either bit by ants, get severe muscle cramps from trying to march heel to toe, and soe on. So wear your sneakers!

Tips for MakeUp

Everyone has their own taste in show makeup. Some guards go for a dramatic look, while others go for a cheerful one. Whichever one you choose, make sure you tell your girls how to do it right.

~ Here are some tips on how to get successful uniformity. ~

  • Tell your guard what brand to use, what exact number/color it comes in and anything else that will help them find the correct thing. If you tell them to just buy silver eye shadow, some might buy sheer and others might buy the glittery sparkle kind. Make it clear to them so everyone looks the same.

  • Try and find colors that go well with everyones skin tone. If you can, just ask someone you personally know that is good with makeup, or ask one of the people that works in the cosmetic department. Explain how many different skin tones you are working with, what your wearing, and any other tad bits. This way you won't have to spend tons of money on trying out different eyeshadows and lipsticks.

  • Give your girls a printed list of what is needed along with the price, and where you might find it. This will ease the confusion.

  • If you have problems with your guard smiling, bring the petroleum jelly and some q-tips. Make everyone smear it on their teeth on the day of competition. On regular football games you don't need to, unless your Games are just for fun!

  • Make it clear what your guard's rules are on show makeup. Most don't allow earrings, scrunchis, or nailpolish unless everyone else wears the same thing.

  • Make a guard box as told on silk online!) fill the "makeup department" of it with extra pony tail holders, clips, bobby pins, eyelash glue (if you use it for rhinestones) or clear nail polish, finger nail clippers, hairspray, mirrors, and anything else you can think of. If someone is missing something, they can find it right there. Try and put it in a spot where everyone can find it, like the flag room. (It might be a good idea to put advil in there, and other girl products!)

  • If you want to have fun, get some friends together to pitch in with the price and all of you can make something the whole guard can use, like personalized makeup bags, boxes.. whatever you can think of. Handmade things are always cherished!

Tips for Newbies

Basic tips:
  • When doing your speedspins, do you find your self going faster/slower than everyone else, or do you just end up on the wrong side of your body when everyone stops? When you're counting, try landing the silk of the flag on the right side of your body on counts 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, and so on. Just keep adding 4 and this should help you. The same principle works when you are doing left handed speed spins, except you land on the left side of your body on these counts.

  • Practice your drop spins against a wall. This will help you from going all over the place with your flag. If your hitting the wall a lot, you are not keeping you flag straight when you spin it. Try going slower and eventually you'll get better and be able to perform better at group-practices.
  • Another fun way to practice your drop spins is by laying down on the ground. This also helps you from moving your flag too much. Plus you have a reason, so you won't get hit in the face. Keep the flag away from your body, and if you feel any bit weak, stop spinning so you don't loose your grip and whop your self one!
  • When doing figure 8's/stirs/betty crockers be sure to keep your arms straight in front of you, not bended at all. This will make the flag work look more sharp when done in a group, and it has a very nice effect.

  • Whenever at a right or left slam, make sure your arm is making a big triangle. Someone should be able to see through your arms.

  • Don't move your elbows all over when doing any kind of spin. These are called "chicken arms."You can control this by pushing your flag a little farther away from your body. I still have trouble with this my self, but remember "It's all in the wrists!" The same goes for rifles and sabres. Even though I don't spin them, a guy that is on it told me to control your elbows and you will be able to do your spins faster.
  • When doing your drop spins, do not spin near your chest. We're not about to fly off anywhere, so lower your flag to your belly button. A lot of people have trouble with this.

  • Whenever you toss your flag in the air, be sure to put your free hand straight at your side. This is the hand that isn't catching the flag immediatly. If you don't do this, you have what you call a limp hand. Your so busy focusing on catching the toss, that you loose all thinking of where your hand is going to be. So sometimes they are all bent and just dangling there, when you don't even notice it. Remember this also when you are doing arm extensions/ when your flag goes behind your back and then back into the front again.

  • It's a good idea to stretch whenever you know your about to do a lot of flag work. Stretch so that you don't cramp and lose grip of your pole.

  • When you are at right shoulder, your flag should be straight in front of your nose. Usually you can tell if your flag is tilted when you focus on it in front of you.

  • When doing drop spins in lines, look at the persons stopper/end of their pole instead of the silk of the flag. Your stopper should follow their stopper.

BASICS: Feet Positions

I found this site illustrating the ballet feet positions (arms are also on this site):

First Position.
Heels together, toes point outward.

Second Position.
Same as first, feet shoulder width apart.

Third Position.
Opposite heel in opposite arch.

Fourth Position.
Opposite heel to opposite toe.

Fifth Position.
Same as fourth with front leg extended further.


Girls [and guys] perform for
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Great and
[colorguard] Dancers

Guard Slang

What are they saying? It's like a whole other language!

AIR-FLAGGING IT - when you do your routine minus the flags or other props, just the movement, an imaginary flag/rifle/sabre, whatever. Usually done at practices
BAND GEEK- one who lives in the band room, is obsessed w/ band, and is crazy
BOLT- metal in the top of a crutch tip that weights the flag
BOOB TWIRLER-someone who dose drop spins up high at their chest
BRAIN FART- Any mistake made by a member of the guard
BRAIN SUCKING- when a guard member does not know the works and she watches others to do the work
BUS MACKING- the extreme flirting that goes on riding home after a great competition.
BUTT- the rubber at the bottom of the pole
BUZZ KILL- when you expect a great guard show, and it turns out they suck
CAR WASH- when flag work is totally not together and it looks like you can drive your car through it
CATTLE GUARD- derogatory term for the guardCG's - Short for colorguard
CHICKEN WALK- jazz runs
CLAM-A MISTAKE- someone who is making alot of mistakes is said to be eating clam chowder.
COLOR-G - Short for Color-Guard
COME NAKED- Don't come in uniform
CONCUSSION- Percusssion
COP-A-SQUAT- For one to squat down and take a knee during practice
CORN COB- someone who walks like they march, even when football season is over CORNDOG- when the flag gets stuck over the end of the pole. AKA a sail
DIAG- diangnol; it's mostly used during marching season
DIVA - a person who can utilize ANY piece of equipment and use their body as well to make it look like an effortless thing
DOUBLE TIME- spins where you do down flat, up flat...
DO IT UP-To do well, kick ass
DOUGHGIRL- name given to one who is gasping for air after warm up or stretching
DRILL- 1.)Usually the routine 2.)Also could be a warm up 3.)Or a set in a song.
DRILL DOWN- When all the guard members line up...Close their eyes...And run through the routines...If someone messes up...The instructor/captain/whoever...calls their name...and they sit down...Who ever is left gets to sit and watch the rest of the drill down until no one is left.
DROP SPINS- the fundamentals to work, up and down spins
DUMMERS- term used about the drummers
DUM-DUMS-- same as dummers
DOWN SYNDROME- when you sit down for a long time and can't get back up
ELVIRA- the one guard senior that always yells at you
FAKE IT- to look like you know the work, while trying to remember drill at the same time FISH- when a saber wobbles in the air
FLAG FEATURE- intense, unison flag work together.. no solos
FLAGLINGS - New recruits to the colorguard (otherwise known as "newbies")
FLAGGOT- nickname for the guard, a member of the band who wants to secretly join guard, and can do the work better than us.
FLASH FLOOD- what happens when a weapon can't hold back, and the entire work gets watered down.
FROSH- freshmen
FUNDIES- fundamentals
HELICOPTER- parallel toss above the head
KANGAROO- a person who bounces, or jumps while jazz running
LACKADAISICAL- unfocused, zoned out
'LANGLE - to remind each other to keep your heads up! (at an 'L' angle if you put your fingers in an 'L' shape and hold it up to your chin)
LET'S DO IT ONE MO' GIN- another good run through
LIL DRUMMER BOY- the "pimp" snare player who tries to get with every person in guard... even the new ones on the first day
LOLLIGAGGING-guard members (or band) that justs isn't giving their full 100% during practice....talking or not rolling feet...etc...
MARIONETTE- the drum major who is a puppet for the band while the drummers and guard really keep the band together
PARK AND BLOW (PARK AND BARK)- the part in the show where you just stand there and spin, no marching
PEGGY SPINS- double time spins except you grab over and under instead of flat
RETARDED HAND- When the hand is inverted
RIFLE SQUAT- to sit down and lean on the butt of the rifle
RIPPLE- when something isn't together but is suppose to be
ROOKIES- people new to the guard experience
SAIL- When the silk of the flag wraps itself around the pole no longer exposing it
SHUT ER DOWN- to end practice
SILK- the flag
SPANK- used any time you beat a rival guard by a large amount or perform very well, sort of a "oh yeah, how you like that" term
SPACEBURGER- when your hands are positioned to look as if you are holding a "spaceburger" while jazz running/walking, marching, etc
SPACETTE- the girl who leaves a huge hole between them and the next person and never fixes it
SPEED SPINS-Double time (down, parallel, up, parallel)
STIR THE SOUP aka BETTY CROCKER)- like a crazy 8 (front 45, back 45, cross over, shoulder hip) STOPPER- The rubber end of a pole...holds the bolt in place.
TAKING A WALK IN THE MALL- any guard member that is not rolling feet...looking like their walking in the mall...
TRAINWRECK- when the guard as a whole screws up, causing the entire visual and GE scores to go down
URINATION VACATION- when someone goes to pee and never reterns
VETRANS- have marched both fall and winter and know what they're doing
WALDO- the person who wanders off and nobody can find him
WONDER GIRL- the new guard girl who totally blows you away. can toss a 6,. and gets captain her first year

Ideas For Fun Activities!

Have fun! Bond with each other! That's what it's all about (besides winning trophies!)

1.Rent a limo (after school sometime before a football game is the best time to do this)

2. Have a sleepover (Don't forget the junk food and guard videos)

3.Make up a dance to one of the band's songs. (go to Songs we sing in Marching Band/Guard)

4.Make up a song to sing during football games.

5.Make your own guard t-shirt that has your names and inside jokes on it.

6.Make ribbons w/your class and name on it (school colors of course)

7.Get a song you all like and do a routine to it and perform it during a talent show.

8.Go to Denny's at like 12-1 a.m. after a show/competion/practice and laugh so hard that your stomach hurts the next day along with everything else in your body!

9.(With a winterguard) about 10 minutes before the show, find a dark corner or hallway, and sit in a big circle holding hands with everyone. Have a cd player in the center of the circle, and everybody should close their eyes, and imagine the show in their heads while listening to the show music. This really does help to create a better bond with the show.

10.We have secret pals. Each person writes down a list of their favorite things, put the list in a hat, and then you draw someone else's list. You get them a small thing (usually under $5) before each performance that relates to something on the list or your show theme. This helps you to get to know each other better. Reveal who your secret pal was at your end of year party.

11. After practice have a floor cleaning party and play some music (it is really fun and you bond) . Or a floor painting or backdrop building/painting party.

12. Find a somewhat slow song and keep it as your guard song and
sing it or listen to it before every competition.

13. To get along better, keep an envelope on the guard room door and keep it for a place where people can write down suggestions for the guard and some frustrations that you may have. Trust me, it works! Me and my guard members not only get along better, but we don't get frustrated anymore.

14. This takes awhile, but it was so vital. We had everyone say what upset them about everyone one the guard, not all at once, but one person, then each person says their problems, then the next person etc. We knew it was serious and we were not trying to be hurtful so no one was hurt.

15. Keep a colorguard journal. In the journa, write down what we did in practice and what we had problems with, then we have to right how we worked on our problems over the week or till our next practice, and so far it has worked cuz the instuctor collects them and reads them so he can help try it out it could help your guard get better

16.Adopt a mascot, dress it in your uniform, name it, take turns keeping it at home. Have the mascot travel with you and attend all practices. Place ads in competition programs from the mascot, or to it. Send message grams to instructors or guard from mascot, or to it. This is a very fun thing to hear when announcers say " To (guard's name), from (mascot), good luck!!! Don't name it a normal name, because then people think its from another person and it takes all the fun from it.

17.Another message gram trick, send inside jokes to the guard or other guard members, this is already done I know.....

18.Any traditions work out really well. Keep them going, and add more to each season. It gives everyone something to look foward to even in a not so great season.

19.Our guard has a bonding box that we use at long practices when we take lunch breaks. We sit in a circle and one person pulls a question from the box, reads it and answers and then pass the question on to the next person until it gets around the circle. Then the next person in the circle pulls a new question and it goes around again, etc. The questions are just informational questions that tells about yourself. For example, "what is your favorite color?", would be one of the questions and other simple questions like that. "what's your favorite movie?"

20.every time before a show, our guard gets pixi-stix and we all eat them at the same time. After we eat them we put the wrappers down our uniforms, its a whole good luck charm.

21.Each member of the gaurd should get a stuffed animal of some sort and decarate it and have all your friends sign it or what ever, put good luck charms on it. Now use those stuffed animals as your cones. We had so much fun making then and they are our good luck charms that we can bring on the court with us.

22.Play the knot game. get in a close circle with your amrs in the cirle, and grab a hand with each of yours, and untangle your self. This works well when you are stressed, or need to get pupmed up. It also builds teamworking skills.

You're In Colorguard If... (300 ways to know)

1.You walk on step to all music you hear.
2.You spin pencils/pens/mops/brooms/pool cues, etc.
3.You have a drawer full of flag t-shirts.
4.You're constantly involved in fund raisers (wanna buy a candy bar?)
5.The term attitude has lost all meaning.
6.You know where every highschool in your circuit is located.
7.You are an expert at assembling backdrops.
8.When you hear a song you've done a routine to you get estatic.
9.When you hear a song by a group you used to perform to you get estatic.
10.You've seen 3:30 in the morning many times.
11.Seperate checks in a restaurant are the best thing to ever happen to you.
12.Your lucky if your instructor gets your name right.
13.You're considered lucky if your instructer noticed your haircut.
14.You know how to wrap your own bandages.
15.You have a flag calus on your right palm under your small finger.
16.You have a permanent rifle bruise on your left and right thumbs.
17.You have more inside jokes than any of your other friends.
18.You can smiles genuinly on command.
19.Your priorities are slightly askew.
20.You have an excuse for everything.
21.You can catch anything thrown at you.
22.You find yourself telling your friends to run for chewing gum.
23.You find yourself telling your friends to run for swearing.
24.Every song becomes a possible flag routine.
25.You know the perfect spot for a toss in your favorite songs.
26.Finals are a positive thing.
27.Your calluses are less stressful than practice.
28.You know that "one more time" never means one more time.
29.You can do your hair and make-up anywhere.
30.You can change into your uniform anywhere.
31.Someone who can throw a piece of wood 40ft in the air and catch it becomes your hero.
32.You find yourself designing flags/uniforms/drill in your classes.
33.You've missed more 4th periods than you've been to.
34.You can change, go to the bathroom, and go to your locker in 4.5 min.
35.You laugh like everyone else on your guard.
36.You use two hands to tell your left from your right.
37.You count all music to beats of 6 or 8.
38.You constantly watch t.v. dance shows for a good new move.
39.Watching a 1/2 show has become more then a leisure activity.
40.Leaving your seat at 1/2 time would be considered a sin.
41.You know how many people can be crammed into a minivan
42.Lycra-spandex has become a permanent part of your closet.
43.You have never taken a dance class but you know more terms than in the foreign language you took. 44.The soles of your practice shoes have holes in them from doing to many terms.
45.You've left your house wearing things you swore you never would like hair curlers, spandex, 2 tons of makeup,etc.
46.You've been in a wrestler room when there were no wrestlers.
47.You've been in a guys locker room when there were no guys in it.
48.Getting a sip of water is considered an act of love and kindness from your instructor.
49.You find yourself critqueing every parade you see.
50.Caravans are run like well oiled machinery.
51.You will not consider anything over $5 dinner while at a competition.
52.The bandroom becomes your home away from home.
53.You become your own pharmacist.
54.Anyone who carries fem. products becomes your best friend.
55.You know how many teenage girls you can fit in a hotel room.
56.You know how to manage 9 girls and 1 bathroom.
57.You wish they offered time/money/stress management in school.
58.You wish they offered nap time in school.
59.The term battle of the sexes has been turned into battle of the bands/guards.
60.You can mock all other bands/guards quite well.
61.4 1/2 hours of sleep before a competition is considered lucky.
62.You know what jell-o arms and legs feel like.
63.You've considered dating a band/percussion member or have dated one.
64.Your parents know of more h.s. now than when they wer in h.s.
65.Asking your parents for money has reached the extreme.
66.Having your show finished the day before your first competiton/performance is considered lucky.
67.You know nothing is ever definite.
68.There's no such thing as a "summer vacation".
69.The smell of sun screen makes you think of band camp.
70.Getting 2 new uniforms a year is a rarity.
71.You're the last people to hear about the pep rally and the first the perform at them.
72.Coming home before 4:30pm on a weekday almost never happens.
73.You've spent more money on flags than you have on your college education.
74.You've never worked so hard for a chunk of wood w/some metal on it (trophey).
75.You never could teach your dog to fetch cause everything you throw you have to catch yourself.
76.No matter how good your guard is you still get the smallest coverage in the yearbook.
77.The keds sales lady knows you personly.
78.The school nurse knows you and your parents by name.
79.You know what a fulcrum is.
80.Your guard has developed its own language.

81.You know that if you try something wierd it might just end up in your show.
82.Your school locker is an uncharted area to you.
83.The term democracy is not in your vocabulary.
84.You try more stunts than the cheerleaders.
85.You learn to love your instructer when you see other guards shows and uniforms.
86.You went to every school football game but never paid for one.
87.Your nails have never extended beyond your finger tips.
88.You know what's significant about June 14th (if not look at your calender).
89.You know wheather you've passed your limit or not.
90.You know how to bend any rule.
91.You've never actually watched a football game.
92.You can get any teacher to sympathize w/you and let you off for that missing assignment.
93.You say guard halt when you want your friends to stop.
94.You have had more pics taken of you than any of your friends.
95.Your personl best is 60 push ups in one day.
96.You can arm wrestle any band/chorus/drama/cheerleading member and win.
97.You have electrical tape in your back pack.
98.You have a screwdriver in your back pack.
99.You have hit yourself in the head w/a flag/rifle/sabre more times than you would like to think about or can think about!
100.Your friends have had to sedate you for using a measuring stick and/or musical insturment bow to practice sabre blade tosses.
101.You walk in step with your guard friends.
102.You can talk about practically anything at practice and competitons no matter who's around.
103.When you hear "learn this" while you picking up your stuff.
104.You march to the back ground music in the mall.
105.You jazz walk/run at home, school, mall, etc..
106. You do split leaps down every hall you come to.
107.Every time you find a bruise/scrape on yourself, you automatically know you got it at a guard rehearsal.
108.You've used up all the white out covering up the marks on the ceiling/wall from the rifle you WEREN'T spinnning in the house...and need more.
109.You cheer louder than the cheerleaders at football games.
110.When you are together so much (because of practice or just getting together) that you all get your period at the same time!
111. When your instructor feels she has enough on the job training to look for a 2nd job as a hairstylist/makeup artist to supplement her income during the summer
112.When all your "outside the guard" friends roll their eyes and whisper not again, as u talk about how cool ur show is, and how u manage to "nail" ur tosses everytime.
113.When you can drop spin and carry on a conversation, and jazz step all at the same time, with out even thinking about it.
114.When you point your toes in your sleep.
115.When you get teary eyed when you have to put your saber down so you can eat dinner. 116. When Colorguard is practically all you talk about! 117.When your colorguard friends is all you talk to. 118. When you spend 10-15 hours of your day practicing on spinning! 119.When you spend all your free time looking at band related websites. 120. When you look at the websites of other bands in your area just to get the inside info on their show. 121. Your out of guard friends have heard so much about guard, they are almost pros at it! 122. when you''ve left more bruises on band members (especially the drumline!) than on yourself, and are proud of it! 123.Your friends notice bruises on you and you didn't even know that they were there! 124. When it becomes a game to see how many patches and buttons fit on a letter jacket 125. When you don't own any socks that don't have holes in them 126. When the only age that matters is 22 127. When you have one giant brown grass spot in the backyard from practicing so much 128. When stadium nachos and hot dogs are a delicacy 129. When not wearing underwear for fear of pantylines is a constant thing 130. When you have 4 tan lines-tee shirt, gloves, shorts, and socks 131. When the words 'one more time' really means 15 more 132. When gatorade, cheeseballs, and fruit loops is the breakfast of champions 133. When you fold the floor more times than your laundry 134. When the gym/football feild is your second home 135. When styrofoam flats are your favorite hiding place 136. When spaceburgers make sense 137. When you can see yourself trying to make your make-up darker 138. When nike blush checks are a fashion statement 139. When your speed dial consists of your captain, director, and show writer 140. When you forget how to count above 8 141. You make up routines in your head to songs on the radio 142. When you have 6 different uniforms in your closet 143. When you try and guess the height of the guard by the size of the pole 144. When you have a roll of duct tape next to your bed 145. When school nachos actually taste good 146. When you have 10 silks folded in your garage 147. When the blisters on your blisters don't hurt anymore 148. When you look for flags in commercials that show bands 149. When you own a copy of every show you've ever done 150. When band music actually begins to sound good
150. When you pay way too much money for a video from a guard competition
151. When you refuse to date outside the band 152. Life? What's that? 153. When you always step off on the left foot 154. When you see the guard more than your family 155. You have 2 rifles and sabres. One for practice and one for performance 156. When you name your equipment 157. When the only song you have stuck in your head is your marching show from 2 years ago158. When you glide step in the mall 159. When you begin to look good in show make-up 160. When your senior ring lives on your necklace 161. When you break a bone and still insist that you can march (even if on crutches)
162. When you still spend the same amount of time with your band after you graduate 163. You only go to football games to see the halftime shows 164. you find yourself switching feet to get back on-step while walking through the mall 165.When you name all your bruises. 166. When getting dressed up to go to school means wearing what you'll have wear to practice that night. 167. When riding in sections to a football game is the biggest dilemma of the day. 168. When you catch yourself spinning your pencil in Algebra class. 169. When all your teachers and classmates have seen your guard videos at least twice. 170. When your classmates roll their eyes at you for talking about the band, yet again. 171. When everyone knows that you are in guard by the t-shirts you wear. 172. When you show up for everything at least 15 minutes early(even parties). 173. When you wake up in the morning and put your dot book or drill charts on not thinking. 174. When you wear your hair slicked back every where you go.
175. When the people at Home Depot know you by name. 176. When vending machine food becomes gormet. 177. you have had the words "left! right! left! right!" repeatedly screamed at you and you are not in the army 178. You permanently project to the press box wheather that meant the top of the six foot tall basketball player in front of you's head or the top of the doorway 179. You toss your flag even when they're 50 m.p.h. winds 180. When you choose a college for the colorguard and winterguard directors and programs 181. you have hit yourself in the head so many times, not only can you not count, it doesn't even hurt any more 182.when the local Denny's is you second home, but only because you spend more time at school 183.When you always have to walk in step, even if they aren't in colorguard 184.When you go to see other school's football games just to see their colorguard, and who you're up against. 185.When you in your loud english class your teacher yells, "Attention" and you look forward and sit up straight and don't make eye contact with anyone. 186.You love rainy days, because it gives you a chance to spin (your umbrella) in school (And show off too!) 187.Your unguard friends know that you're almost never available to go out 188.You jump up and down when you hear a song that a guard once did 189.Guard tape is the best thing that has happened since sliced bread 190.Guard tape fixes everything 191.When the "can i have 5 extra mins" turns into a midnight practice 192.When you find yourself dancing everywhere 193.When there is more holes in the school hall way where you practice then Swiss cheese 194.When you have more gay friends then straight 195.When getting new members is the most exciting thing that happened to you 196.When you have seen the same WGI or DCI tape a thousand times and still enjoy it 197.When you pick out thing in the same tapes 198.You listen to the judges tapes more then the radio 199.When you don't think anything of bare feet in the snow 200.When the only jacket you own has the name of your guard on it 201.When you practice more then the band that can only play the star spangled banner 202.When you look forward to getting new gloves 203.When you love the black stain from the new gloves 204.When you are told this is so hard you really walk 5 steps 205.When stretches are your favorite part of the day 206.When you have a song for everything that has happened 207.You know how to sleep with the your music on 10 and the bus going 60mph 208.You take over guys bathrooms b/c the girls is too full 209.Changing in front of guys doesn't phase you anymore 210.You have see more skin from the same sex then the opposite 211.You can talk about "your body" with easy 212.When it all seem to be a soap opera with ups and downs 213.When you work at a bingo hall 214.When you miss some one you saw 5 mins ago 215.You see the same people all day everyday 216.The closest group you have every been in 217.When you spend more time with the guard then your own family 218.When you have practice 5 days a week and enjoy every second 219.You know all of your friends by their last names or a name that is completely awkward to others and they wouldn't be caught dead calling anyone that... 220. You have been in a guys locker room when there WERE guys in it! 221.. Your friends have heard about your routine so much that they can probably get out on the field and do your routine with you! 222. You have dated every guy in the band, and are starting to wonder what life would be like if there wasn't marching band! 223. You have become so accustomed to waking up at 5 am that you do it when you don't have to. (Saturdays, Sundays, days w/ no school or marching practice.) 224. You can march your show in your sleep 225.You say the pledge of alligience to YOUR flag 226. Seeing how fast you can fold the floor becomes your primary form of entertainment 227.You find it easier to fall asleep in a van along with seven other girls than in your own bed 228.While your non-guard friend sleep with tedy bears and other various stuffed animals, you sleep with your flag, rifle, and/or sabre 229.If your room is covered with good luck signs. 230.If you have gotten a black eye from doing a toss! 231.If you catch your self doing air flag while walking down the hallway or while you are sleeping! 232.If you think you will die when the season is over. 233.When you are doing a horizontal toss and you know that it won't make it too far and it smacks you in the face. 234.You own more stretch pants and tank tops then you do regular clothes. 235.When you make a website dedicated to guard. 236.When you have prayed all season for a break before the next season, be it colorguard or winterguard, then you spend the whole thing crying, cause your muscles aren't used to resting for that long. 237.When your boyfriend has been to as many practices and games as you have! 238.When you like wearing your uniform. 239.When people ask you about your social life and you say "Oh, you mean my flag. 240.When being mauled by a drum is a normal part of life. 241.When you can show up to practice in your pajamas and dripping wet and no one notices. 242.When jazz running no longer reminds you of ballet. 243.When "armed guard" means a girl with a pole instead of a guy with a gun. 244.When you see your section more than your family. 245.When you subconsciously start practicing with a pencil. 246.When numbers past 8 aren't important. 247.When you'd rather practice than read the list. 248. You have more bruises, scars, and injuries than a military solider 249. Your teacher makes you write on the board, "I will not spin in class" fifty times. 250. You find yourself watching your spring show routine from freshman year thinking was I ever that bad? 251. Automatically you know what the captain is going to say and you do it before anyone else (most of the time) 252. Weekends are forever lost to practice 253. When you ask "What is summer vacation?" 254. When you stand at parade attention to say the pledge to the flag at school 255. When you can do drop-spins at any tempo with ANYTHING (penciles, forks, brooms, air) 256. When you actually like to watch the Thankgiving day parade for the bands, not those stupid balloons 257. When you can do splits in gurdles 258. When you are rivles with all the chearleaders 259. The funny smell in the guard room in no longer noticeable to you 260. The only nail polish you wear in the winter is clear or none at all 261. When there is a possiblity it will snow, and your competition will be cancelled, you pray that it won't snow 262. When you spend all your money at competitions on guard shirts, boxers, etc. instead of food 263. You can mimick all the annoucers in your circuit 264. Have a dresser dedicated to guard unitards socks pantyhouse and silks 265. You go to the mall to try to find something new to make your rifle colorful 266. The Home Depot (Hardware store) is you favorite place to shop. 267. All your screen names have something to do with Color Guard. 268. You've eaten out more then anyone you know. 269. You anylize every song you hear for Winter Gaurd Standards. 270. You always have to find the perfect Drill Team song, and you go crazy when you finally find one. 271. Your boyfriend owns more Color Guard shirts then the store that sells them. 272. You own every cd that contains a song used at a Winter Guard show. 273. Your non-guard friends think you're crazy becuase you've always got songs that they've never heard of stuck in your head. 274. Your Boyfriend has a copy of your schedule hanging in his room. 275. You've used the word "FRESHMAN!" more then a billion times. 276. Your guard instructor invites you to preform at her wedding. 277. You critique migrating geese on how straight their diagonals are! 278. You mark time in the shower(or whenever standing still. 279. You hear "this isn't K-mart we don't like/want 'sails'" more than once a week. 280.The phrase water break has a whole new meaning. 281. You are the only one to have a screwdriver handy during any season. 282. You find many new uses for a sabre 283. Your best friend becomes a six foot pole and three foot silk 284. Your phrase becomes this isn't we don't like sales 285. You spend your lunch period trying to break into the guard room just so you can spin your equiptment 286. Getting locked in the band's coat box is an honor 287. Being friends w/ anyone outside of the band just seems unnormal 288. You listen to your guard tapes as you fall asleep 289. Your family knows your entire show, inside and out 290. You get a shock from leaving the band room b/c the air is so CLEAN 291. You arrive at the school on the days you have practice so early that the school isn't even open 292. When your instructor says rehearsal is at six, you are there by five thirty or you are LATE

293.When you meet your friends places you are always half an hour early
294.. When you have no problem at all telling one of the members of your guard that they smell and they are not offende
d 295. When pit stains are cool
296. When your little sister plays with, touches, or even LOOKS at your weapon, you jump on her like a lion on a mouse
297. You've got a certain section of your wardrobe labeled "Guard Clothes" that you'd never be caught dead in anywhere but practice.
298. You go into Home Depot and ask for flag tape.
299. Electrical tape is used for everything (ie. labeling cabinets, putting up posters, fixing your flag bag, etc.)
300.You know you are in winterguard when you watch local basketball games on tv and can rememeber what shows you did there and how well you did. And exactly what the gym looks like

History of Colorguard

Way back in the day, during the English reign around the Civil War period, they had pipers and drummers. These people always accompanied the soldiers to keep them in beat and keep their spirits up. Well, along with the band, they always sent a soldier to carry their "colors". Here began the first guardsmen. After time, the idea caught on and it began to develope. Soon every army had people to bare their colors. It eventually evolved into what we have today through USA's military marching band. It was decided that that there was plenty of good music to please the ear, but there was nothing really to please the eye. This is where we got our modern guard line. It started from fierce battle cries and pride of ones colors, to show stoppin sensations that accompany marching bands every where. They still serve many purposes, but the most useful purpose is to bare your colors with pride. That is colorguard!

What Is Colorguard?

Colorguard is:
spending 15 to 20 hours a week marching up and down a 50 by 70 foot area spinning a 3 1/2 pound rifle or a 5 1/2 foot flag. It's your free time to strive for perfection and hearing; "That's wrong! Pay attention! Try harder!" over and over. It is riding countless hours on cold bumpy buses and eating in more fast food restaurants than you care to remember. Sometimes you march with blisters on your feet, splints on your fingers, when you're sick or when every muscle in your body aches. It means being willing to try again even though you have just suffered a defeat, tears are streaming down your face and your heart is breaking. Then another Saturday night come! Judges, instructors, other guards, and 500 or 600 spectators are waiting for your performance. For five or six minutes, every ounce of your strength and concentration are dedicated to making our family, friends, school, and town proud of your competitive unit. The demanding, endless hours of practice have been a prelude to this moment. There is the hope in your heart, "Please, let this one be ours!" But color guard is much more than work and intense competition. It is closeness between young people that cannot be described. It is doing your best and knowing that you have your very own group of "fans" who you will always encourage and support you, Whether you win or lose.

Colorguard is Science:
It is exact, specific and it demands precise execution. A designer's drill is a chart; a graph which indicates x and y coordinates for constantly changing geometric shapes and forms in both time and space. Our equipment and props are always pushing the laws of physics with force and speed, action and reaction. All of this with an incredible control of time.

Colorguard is Mathematical:
It is rhythmically and metrically based on the subdivision of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously. We have angles and degrees, both acute and obtuse, sequences, ranges, and hypotenuse.

Colorguard is a Language:
It is a visual picture alive with message and meaning. We use interpretive phases, sentences, and words many times with music which creates a most complete and universal language, to be recorded for others to see, feel, and understand. It is a language which is recited and shared many times both near and far.

Colorguard is History:
Colorguard can be influenced by the environment and times of it's creation, or it can reflect the past as well as the future. It can send us to a far away country or bring us closer to home. We are rich in our heritage and have forefathers as well.

Colorguard is a Physical:
It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, feet and legs; in addition to extraordinary control of the back stomach and torso; all of which are called to respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the sight of the eye see. Colorguard surrounds around endurance, ability, strength, and balance.

Colorguard is a Sport:
A game which we play with others in which we share and we shine. Competing with ourselves to perform better each time. It allows us to learn more on our inside on confidence and fear, self-esteem and self-image; as we get better on the outside with performances, people, expressing our feelings, and sharing our dreams. It is a chance to realize our attitude is what makes us or breaks us, not anyone or anything else. It is a kind of mind set with an increase awareness which challenges us to realize the potential in our selves.

Colorguard is Performing Arts:
It is a show which can be entertaining and enlightening! With directing, acting, producing, managing, and touring. Colors, fashion, flair, excitement, piazz, sophistication, and subtlety. Always realizing the traid of performance; audience, performer, designer.

Colorguard is Educational:
It allows a human being to learn how to take all of these things; some dry and technically boring, some difficulty and challenging; and use them to create EMOTION! The one thing that our world needs.