Deb Manley/Special to The Community News
Aledo High School will host its annual Color Guard Competition from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Aledo High School gymnasium. Aledo High School color guard will perform at 5:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the North Texas Color Guard Association, and is open to the public. Admission fee is $7 per person.
About forty five high school color guard teams and a few independent teams will compete in seven different classes. Each team performs a choreographed routine to a wide selection of music. The teams perform with flags, rifles and sabers, and sometimes props are also used as a part of the show. Props can be anything that the director wants to use. The floors are painted to reflect the music and the show. Each performance is judged by five judges, each judging a different aspect of the performance. The judges critique each team for movement (how well they dance and perform), how well they handle their equipment: flags, rifles, sabers, and the overall effect of the show.
The Aledo color guard has already been to Austin to compete in a World Guard International competition and will continue throughout the spring to participate in competitions in the WGI circuit as well as the NTCA circuit.
Aledo students have the opportunity to start participating in color guard at the middle school level. This group is called the Cadet Team. The Cadet Team participates in about four competitions during the spring along with other seventh and eighth grade teams. At the high school level, students can try out for a place on the high school team. Currently there is just one team but some years when the guard is large enough, there is a high school team and a JV team. The high school color guard team participates in about six competitions during the spring in the north Texas area. The NTCA championship contest is scheduled for March 31 at Summit High School in Arlington.