What is the Color Guard?

Jakai Gibson

Color guard. What exactly is it? Well I’ve talked with one of the members of the guard, Haley Hyatt to get a closer look from her personal experience.

“Color Guard and cheerleading are different because we mostly use flags, and instead of cheering we stay silent while using our flags and the music to tell a story. I don’t think one is more important than the other though. They both play an important role. Especially for school spirit.”

I asked Haley if the two are ever confused. “Not really,” she said. “But if one had to go, I also couldn’t decide because they are both important in my opinion.”

The final question I asked her was how much work they put into the routines. “We spend a lot of time working on routines. I have color guard on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays if there is a game, and every Saturday for competitions. For regular practice days it’s for about three hours, and five hours of practice before and after competitions. Then we practice for one week from morning until evening. We even eat at practice. We also have band camp every day for two weeks from morning until the evening. So I think that we do practice a lot to make our routines as perfect as possible.

Go see Haley and the rest of the color guard at their competition at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex on Saturday.

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