Story by Ammie Bryant, Photos courtesy of SHS Band Boosters
Stillwater High School Winter Guard ensembles are performing well this season. Each of the three guard ensembles have won or placed in their class since beginning the competition season at Yukon on February 1st. On February 15th all three ensembles placed first in their class at Choctaw. Then on February 29th, at Catoosa, the Cadets and Varsity ensembles placed first and the Junior Varsity placed fifth. The next competition will take the ensembles to Jenks on March 14th.
Winter guard is an indoor color guard activity like the traditional color guard that accompanies Marching Band but unlike the traditional color guard, winter guard is performed indoors after the end of Marching Band competition season. Ensembles perform using recorded music rather than a live band or orchestra.
“We are immensely proud of all of the guards and the way they performed at contest,” said Stillwater High School Director of Bands Kevin Zamborsky. “The students have made considerable progress already this season, and I’m very excited to see how they continue to progress as we get closer to state championships at the end of March.”
The three Winter Guard ensembles are led by instructors Jill Mozarko and Emily Strah.
The Cadets’ show features “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay. The Junior Varsity’s show features “Rescue” by Lauren Daigle. Finally, the Varsity’s show features “Winter” by Vivaldi. The community will have the opportunity to view these shows at the upcoming parent and community performance on March 27th at 7:30 p.m. in the SHS Field House. The winter guard will travel to Union High School to compete at the championships the following day.