Guard is often described as a visual interpretation of music. As a team moves across the field with the marching band, or across a decorated floor tarp, a story is told about the music heard.
In Guard, members spin flags, rifles, and sabers. They might even use other items such as ribbons, batons, bags, chairs, or other kinds of props. By learning and using the basics of ballet combined with the afore mentioned props a show is created.
Nease allows students to perform on guard teams as early as the 7th grade. While guard is under the direction of the Band Director, one does not need to be in band to participate. In fact, most do not.
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Color guard occurs during the fall season along with Football. The color guard performs with the marching band to create the show. The marching band plays music as well as creates formations on the field while the guard dances and spins. Most high school teams perform during half-time of their school’s games; as well as doing stand dances during the game. (Stand dances = the band plays tunes and the guard dances).
Winter guard is in the winter and spring seasons. This group is very similar to color guard except that the music is recorded, and the guard are the only ones on the floor. Usually, a few different songs are combined together to tell the story. These performances are generally done in a gymnasium on a thin, artistically decorated tarp.
2/27/2021 at Oakleaf High School
Nease performs at several competitions throughout the season and has won many awards. Color Guard attends Bands of America (BOA) in Orlando, FL with the marching band. Winter Guard has attended WGI's World Championships in Dayton, OH. Click below to see some past shows.