Montgomery Blair High School's Online Student Newspaper
Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:07 pm

Clubs: Color Guard

Time: Monday 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Tue
Place: Room 14
Sponsor: Michelle Roberts
President: Tawana Griffin
In the sea of gleaming instruments and red and white uniforms, five students are decked out in sparkly black ensembles. Instead of touting a trumpet or a flute, they wield colorful flags in their hands. These students, intermixed among the Blair Marching Band members, comprise the Blair Color Guard, which performs routines at special events alongside the Marching Band.

The self-described "cheerleaders of the band" perform at home football games, parades and competitions, according to sophomore Shieley Amarh. The biggest event of the year is the Tournament of the Bands, an annual competition that attracts hundreds of schools from all over the East Coast.

The Color Guard, formerly known as the Flag Squad, was formed at the old Blair and has been on a roller coaster ride since then. After sponsoring the Color Guard for many years, Fine Arts resource teacher Sara Josey handed the reigns to music teacher Michelle Roberts when Roberts arrived at Blair two years ago.

To train for performances, members meet three times a week. On Mondays, they meet with a choreographer who arranges the routines and helps members master flag-twirling. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, members practice with the Marching Band and work on their flag choreography while marching. "They're doing all sorts of stuff while marching around the field," says Roberts.

In future years, Roberts hopes more people will attend summer training, which students must participate in if they hope to join Color Guard. Currently, the club is re-vamping and has even received new uniforms, poles and flags. "It's an interesting year for the Color Guard," says Roberts.

If interested in joining the Color Guard, please contact Michelle Roberts.

Club beat by Alisa Lu