Belvidere North Color Guard

Holden Paddock, Reporter

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This is North’s first year having a color guard club. This club involves the members performing a flag routine alongside the band at the halftime show. They practice synchronizing, learning new skills with the flags, and memorizing their routine. The flags not only signify the school colors, but they portray a visual representation to the music that the band plays. The color guard club really adds that extra piece that North was missing.

Even with it only being North’s first year, they currently have fifteen girls in the club Anthony Breceda, Abbey Brynolf, Leila Cervanyes, Sophia Difford, Addison Fielding, Annabelle Garwaran, Dakota Heatly, Trinity Hill, Jordan Hills, Anna Malon, Itzhel Perez, Felicity Roman, Anna Verstrate, Juilianna Harkin, and Lucia Romero. Color Guard is led by North’s German teacher Sarah Meyerholz. 

During their practices, they learn new tricks, try new formations, and practice their routine to perfect it for the halftime show. The history of the colorguard club began with a woman named Peggy Twiggs. Back in the 1970’s, they started performing at halftime shows and it has grown from there. Being a color guard comes with using precision, and learning to be a member of a team. After highschool, you can go on into a college color guard team and even go professionally. A common question asked is, what is the difference between the color guard and winter guard. It’s kind of self explanatory, but the color guard performs only at halftime shows with the band in the fall, and winter guard is only in the winter, but without the band. The winter guard team competes as well. Color guard uniforms consist of an acro-like look. Sometimes they wear leggings, or even a skirt. The flags that they use are vibrant and silky. Most colorguard flags go along with the school’s colors, but in the winter, the flags go along with a theme or the music they are portraying. Come out to the next football game to support the color guard team and watch them perform all their hard work!

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