Have you ever heard of something called Winter Guard? I hadn't either until I started to see posts about one of our Hudosn Valley High Schools celebrating their big win.

I am dating myself but I don't believe we had anything like this when I went to Cornwall Central High School. Maybe the closest thing might have been the drill team but honestly, that doesn't reach the artistic level of Winter Guard.

What is Winter Guard in the Hudson Valley

If you look it up it is called the Sport of the Arts. The Winter Guard International (WGI)  is the world's premier organization for producing indoor color guard, percussion, and winds competitions. WGI is the governing body for the non-profit youth organization.

Kearra Backus via YouTube
Kearra Backus via YouTube

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WGI is called the Sports of the Arts because it brings music together with performance in a competition format. According to the WGI website they have 45 years of history and the sport continues to evolve. There is an estimated 40,000 participants at the regional level and 12,000 participants attended the Sport of the Arts World Championships this year.

The Arlington High School Admiral Winterguard competed at the World Championships this year with their performance of Lizzie. The flawless performance won the team the World Championship. I have the performance below. Be sure to watch until the end to see the team's emotional reaction to their performance.

Arlington High School's Winning Performance at the World Championships

How to Join Winter Guard at Arlington High School

Coming off the World Championship the team is not sitting back. They are currently holding auditions for new members. Tryouts are Wednesday nights in May from 5:30 PM to 8 PM at the Arlington High School gym. All are welcome no prior experience is necessary.

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