By Michael Clarke | Advertising Editor
The Pearce Winterguard is made up of students who participate in the fall equivalent of color guard. Varsity and junior varsity squads of the Winterguard spend countless hours learning intricate routines and competing.
“Our routines consist of dance, acrobatic features and, most of all, the use of various pieces of equipment,” Winterguard Director Danny Martinez said.
Equipment used by members of the Guard include flags with images pertaining to the show printed on the fabric, rifles and the curved, single-edged blade with hand guard called a saber. Members spin the rifles with precision and accuracy.
Winterguard routines are usually set to a variety of musical genres, stretching from classical to modern pieces.
“The songs we use with our routines usually incorporate a certain element of the show and have a beat to them where you can gracefully and easily move through space,” Winterguard member Aileen Blanca said.
The members within the varsity squad compete at various contests throughout the year including the Winterguard International Southwest Championships, San Antonio Regional contest and locally at contests held through the North Texas Colorguard Association.
In order to foster the talent of future members, the Winterguard has a program for students in sixth grade to eighth grade that exposes them to techniques and routines that members in the more advanced squads incorporate into their shows.
“We practice our routines for such a long time that, by the time we have competition in the later part of our season, we’re prepared and ready to show the judges what we’ve got,” Winterguard member Hope Blankenship said.
Enrollment in the Winterguard and Colorguard programs has increased signifigantly due to recruiting efforts implmented over Mr. Suniga’s tenure as Colorguard Director, which ended this year.
Mr. Martinez has continued Mr. Suniga’s efforts to improve overall skill and recruiment.