Color Guard Waves in the New School Year
During a summer practice, David Sadler, Lovejoy High School Director of Color Guard, pointed out how wind factors into tossing and catching the flags and explains that the flags won’t behave as they do when they practice inside. Sadler has been a teacher for seven years. This will be his third year with Lovejoy ISD.
Sadler explained that many of their incoming freshmen already have two years’ experience on a competitive team because they are coming up from Willow Springs Middle School. If students are new to color guard, he said, “…we work with you a lot over summer band to get you the information needed to be successful. The summer training program is the best for new or incoming students to our team.”
Over the summer, many students attended dance and color guard camps that are not school
programs. Sadler explained the LHS Color Guard Camp occurred mid-July and went from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. They started summer band camp July 30, which will go until school resumes.
Regarding becoming a part of LHS Color Guard, Sadler said, “We do hold open auditions for our competition teams. At the middle school level, they just need to sign up for our class period. As an added benefit to our members, they get their fine arts as well as their PE credits for participating. At the high school level, we have auditions twice per year. We will have an
audition in November for any students interested in joining our Winter Guard team which
performs indoors after marching band season. Our second audition is in April where we will put together our team for the 2019-2020 school year. We are always looking for students interested in performing, dancing and just being in-front of an audience. No previous experience is required to audition; we teach you what you need to know. Keep an eye out for posters around LHS if you are interested in joining.”
Sadler described the half-time show as exciting. He said, “… we will be presenting some intense and classic music that is iconic and presented with a contemporary twist. Our show theme is based in an icy wonderland and we are excited to put out some new elements from costuming and set design for the band and our guard performers. Everyone is part of this production. Our color guard has a broad range of equipment and skills ranging from beautiful custom made flags, rifles and sabers as well as some challenging dance choreography. What the kids can do is pretty incredible and challenging. We can’t wait to start football season so we get out there in front of an audience!”
Benefits of being a member of the LHS Color Guard are outlined by Sadler, “A student’s
involvement in our program is really valuable, just like all or our Fine Arts and extracurricular
activities. Being a part of a team is critical to a student’s social development. They are part of
our band family as well, which is a huge social network of students, directors and parent
volunteers. They are part of one of the largest student organizations in our school. Apart from
the social aspect, they are learning critical life skills such as time management, organization
skills, and leadership opportunities. This is a great creative outlet for our students which pushes them in the performing arts as well as being physically demanding. It is a very unique
experience and we are very proud of our program and its students.” There are 17 performers in the LHS Color Guard, which is up from 12 performers last year.