Color guard adds colors to more than just the field
Trinity Advincula- De Los Angeles
The ethereal cloth careens through the sky like feathers on the wings of a bird. In the background, The Huntress plays while the percussion keeps a steady beat. Sweat perspires on the surface of their skin while the guard maintained their bright smiles. The audience stands on the sides, spellbound by the lively melody of the march and captivated by the sea of colors that surround them.
To those who’ve ever watched the color guard, it may just seem like people who twirl flags and dance, but there’s more to it than that. Color guard is the visual representation of the music that the marching band plays to express its story in a vivid and dramatic way by using flags and props like rifles. The show isn’t the only thing color guard makes colorful, but also the lives of each of the members.
Beddingfield, a freshman, is a new addition to the color guard. Like most kids who join marching band, she previously played an instrument: the clarinet. This year, she’s in color guard.
“I think going back to the things I learned at the [color guard] clinic,” Beddingfield says, “And being able to do them, was the most rewarding thing.”
Color guard has exposed Rebecca to many new experiences and changes that she wouldn’t have gone through if she hadn’t joined. She’s learned to persevere when sets her mind on something and take constructive criticism in a positive way to help her improve.
“As a person, I’ve wanted to give up a lot,” Beddingfield says, “I’ve began, as a person, to stick on to things and want it, even though I really don’t know how I can do it.”
For people like Isabelle Lam, color guard was a sudden change, but a rich experience.
Lam is a senior who played trumpet for 3 years, and switched to color guard this year. This might seem unexpected, but Lam wanted to challenge herself and do something new.
“I really do love it now,” Isabelle (12) says. “It’s so much fun being able to exercise and really push myself to hold that flag at a 90 degree angle! It’s difficult, but I think I really like it.”
Isabelle describes the adrenaline rush from the performance of a field show or parade as being different from the feeling of giving a speech or running a lap. At first the adrenaline comes from within, and then everything blurs as you’re constantly thinking about what you need to do. When the performance actually starts, you’re aware of what you’re doing, but it also becomes surreal.
“You feel numb. You feel like you’re almost walking on clouds even though everything hurts.” Isabelle says, “There’s this feeling of succeeding, even if you didn’t do everything perfect. If you finished, you have succeeded.”
For members like Emily, color guard is a happy place.
“I think, if I hadn’t joined color guard, my life would be really boring,” Emily House (12) said. “I wouldn’t have the friends I have. I wouldn’t know what to do. It’d suck.”
Emily House is the current color guard captain of the American Eagles Marching Band Color Guard, and has been a member since her freshman year. Before, she played trumpet, and despised it, so she quit. Since color guard didn’t involve playing instruments, she decided to join.
“I went to the [color guard] clinic, and I had a lot of fun,” House (12) shared. “I already enjoyed it, and I was so excited, and I’ve loved it ever since.”
Since then, the color guard has made a large impact on her life. She has found something she sincerely enjoys, and she gets to do it with people that she cherishes.
“[Guard has] taught me a lot about myself, and it [has] taught me how to make friends, and to be a person.” Emily said. “I love guard, and I love what I do, and I love how from guard I’ve gotten a lot of really close friendships.”