Sprayberry Winter Color Guard

 

Winter Guard is an indoor color guard activity. Unlike traditional color guard, winter guard is performed indoors, usually in a gymnasium or an indoor arena. Performances make use of recorded music rather than a live band or orchestra. Winter guard ensembles perform at judged competitions officiated by local and regional associations using criteria developed by Winter Guard International (WGI). The Sprayberry Winter Guards will be performing in the Southern Association for Performance Arts (SAPA) circuit. www.sapaonline.com SAPA is a regional circuit serving Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. 

The winter guard program functions as an auxiliary performance ensemble of the Sprayberry High School Band. All winter guard activities will be facilitated and governed by the Sprayberry Band and its Booster Organization (SBBA).

The mission of the Sprayberry Winter Guard program is to provide an opportunity for Sprayberry color guard students to further develop their artistic and technical performance skills through the marching band off-season. Through performance the students will also learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, self discipline, hard work, commitment and sportsmanship.  

The Winter Guards

The Cadet Guard: (Inactive for 2018)

The Cadet Winter Guard is designated for middle school students in grades 6-8. The Cadet program functions as a feeder program for the high school Fall and Winter guards. Students in the cadet program will compete in the SAPA regional circuit and will do a full winter guard production. The cadet program is designed to give the students a head start on high school color guard focusing on basic movement and equipment fundamentals. Equipment may include Flag, Wooden Rifle and Saber. Cadet students will have reduced rehearsal hours and performance demands in comparison to the high school guard. Students must attend either JJ Daniell, Simpson or McClesky Middle Schools and be in good academic standing.

The JV Guard: 

The Junior Varsity Guard is a high school guard designated for beginner and intermediate color guard students. Students in the JV guard will compete in the SAPA regional circuit and will do a full winter guard production. The JV Program will focus on developing beginning and intermediate movement and equipment fundamentals. Equipment may include Flag, Wooden Rifle and Saber. Students must attend Sprayberry High School and be in good academic standing. 

The Varsity Guard

The Varsity Guard is a high school guard designated for our advanced color guard students. Students in the Varsity guard will compete in both the SAPA and WGI circuits and will do a full winter guard production. Students in the Varsity guard must exhibit a high degree of skill in one or more color guard performance categories. These categories can include Movement, Wooden Rifle, Saber, or Flag. The Varsity students are held to the highest performance standard for the Sprayberry Guard. Students must attend Sprayberry High School and be in good academic standing. 

 
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2018 Audition Information

  • Auditions will be held in the Sprayberry Band Room in early November.
  • Students should plan to wear comfortable athletic clothing suitable for dancing, floor work and equipment training.
  • Students should eat a snack and have a water bottle. 
  • Students will audition for placement in either the JV or Varsity Winter Guards. 
  • Students who make either guard will need to attend the Parent Meeting and Registration.
  • All students attending Sprayberry High School can audition for winter guard. 
 
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2018 Parent Meeting and Registration 

Thursday, November 30th 7pm (SHS Band Room) 

For students making the winter guard program there will be a mandatory parent and registration meeting on Thursday, November 30th 7pm in the Sprayberry Band Room. Please have both a parent and student present for this meeting. Students and Parents will receive:

  • Updated Calendar
  • Winter Guard Handbook 
  • Registration Materials (Cobb County Forms, Parent Contact Info, Fee Information) 
  • Student Commitment Contract (must be signed) 

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2018 Practice and Performance Calendar

All JV and Varsity practices and performances are included in the master calendar below. Some dates and locations are subject to change. This change information will be communicated to students and parents in a timely manner by lead parents or directors. 

Sprayberry Varsity Performances

January 27th Kennesaw Mountain HS

February 10th Harrison HS

February 17th WGI Knoxville

March 3rd WGI Atlanta

March 10th Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe

April 7th-8th SAPA Championships Chattanooga, TN

April 11th-15th WGI World Championships

Sprayberry Junior Varsity Performances

January 27th Kennesaw Mountain HS

February 10th Harrison HS 

February 24th Villa Rica HS

March 10th Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe

March 24th Kell HS

April 7th-8th SAPA Championships Chattanooga, TN

2018 Master Calendar


Contact Information:

Nicole West, Guard Director: guarddirector@sprayberryband.com

Bonnie Perez, Guard Liaison to SBBA: guardliaison@sprayberryband.com

Denise Schoeffner, Varsity Guard Lead Parent: varsitylead@sprayberryband.com

Janet Martin, JV Guard Lead Parent: jvlead@sprayberryband.com