Q: What is Winter Guard?
A: Winter Guard is an indoor color guard sport that incorporates choreographed dance along with flags, non-functioning rifles and sabres, along with other props. Winter Guard is performed indoors, usually in a gymnasium or indoor arena, performed to recorded music. Winter Guards perform at judged competitions officiated by local and regional associations using criteria developed by Winter Guard International (WGI).
Q: Do I need to purchase equipment and Uniforms?
A: No. Equipment and Uniforms are covered by Summit Winter Guard. You may purchase your own equipment to practice and keep up your skills during the off-season.
Q: How can parents get involved with Winter Guard?
A: The most important thing parents can do to fully support students is providing the ingredients for success by encouraging them, having patient ears, and most importantly, attending all events and performances. The Guard program relies heavily on parent volunteers for many things; volunteering when available is greatly appreciated. In general, Guard students are fun and inspirational group of young people, fun to be around!
Q: Do I need to have experience to join Guard?
A: No. You do not need to have any prior experience to join. We have members with a variety of experience levels.
Q: What is the practice schedule like and where do we practice?
A: Typically we practice from 4-7pm two days during the week, and Saturday late morning to early afternoon (time TBA). Practice locations and times can vary depending on performance time and space availability, but are always near Austin Bluffs between Academy and Woodmen. It is imperative you are at practices as this is when technique is taught and the performance is learned.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Fees can vary from year to year; fees typically are around $150 – $200 for the season.
Q: Are they ways to lower my fees?
A: Yes. Summit Winter Guard offers many fundraising opportunities to help lower your financial obligations. We also offer payments plans.
Q: I have a question that isn’t listed here?
A: If you have additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.