MS Cadet Winter Guard

Middle School Winter Guard FAQs

What is it?

Winter guard is a competitive activity in which students learn how to perform a show where you dance, spin/toss a flag, rifle and sabre. Castle North Middle School and Castle South Middle School are combined to join one Castle Cadet Team.

When is the season?

Competitions start in January through the beginning of March. Practices begin in December.

Do I need previous experience?

No! We’re going to teach you the skills you need. All you need is a willingness to learn, a positive attitude, and energy. If you do have a background in dance, gymnastics, tumbling, etc. please let us know so that we may plan accordingly.

Does it cost to participate?

Yes, there is a participation fee that helps cover the cost of equipment, uniforms, contest entries, transportation, etc. There are opportunities to fundraise to offset the cost of fees. See below for exact costs.

Why should I do it?

This is a program that develops skills in movement and expression. It fosters teamwork, leadership, self-discipline, self-esteem and work ethic in a competitive environment much like athletic sports. In addition, our staff and coaches have been recognized at the international level for excellence in this activity. Finally, this program develops skills utilized by the color guard in the fall that competes as a part of the National Class 3A Champion Castle Marching Knights. So, not only will students learn from the best, but be a part of a program that is, quantifiably, one of the best in the country. 

Attendance

All rehearsals and shows are mandatory. If your child will be missing a rehearsal or a performance, please email Guard Director, Daniel Riley and Band Secretary, Mrs. Glass. 

Please try and schedule any appointments on days we are not rehearsing. 

Where will the competitions be held?

The shows are hosted in High Schools in Indiana. The furthest we will travel is the Indianapolis area.  

Where will I be able to find more details about the competitions?

Please review the schedule that highlights each competition where Castle Color Guard will compete. There will be an itinerary sent out at the beginning of the week prior to a competition. For more information about each competition – click on links listed below. You will need to click on event calendar to find competition information.

www.IHSCGA.org

www.Tristatemarchingarts.org

How can parents/guardians get involved?

Parents/Guardians can help with Chaperoning the students on competition days and Pit Crew. Pit Crew is responsible for moving props, floor, and equipment needed for competitions. We may even need help building and painting props.

ALL PARENTS WILL NEED TO FILL OUT THE MANDATORY BACKGROUND CHECK FORM. You can pick this form in the band office.    

Some items needed for competition days

Each student will need to bring in a case of water and a box of snacks. This will be for the members to have something on the bus to drink on the way to and from competitions. More details on this as we get closer to the competition days.

Communication

Yes! Communication is key.  We will use emails to send out itineraries early in the week. We will also have Facebook pages- so you ask questions as they come to mind and share photos. Facebook is not used for attendance.  Please only email Daniel Riley and Mrs. Glass about your conflicts.

Fundraiser?

Yes, there are fundraisers. If you are interested, please email us and let us know.

How much does it cost?

Middle School – $300 – 2 Payments of $150 are due December 15th and January 15th

Where can we make payments?

Make payment out to – Castle Band Boosters. There is a secured mailbox by the Band Secretary’s office that all payments can be dropped. Please put payment in envelope. On the check memo line – write Middle School Winter Guard and students full name.

Spirit Wear and Uniforms

Each member will receive a T-shirt with the show name on it. Additional spirit wear will be able to order for parents and students. More details as they become available. Uniforms will be provided. 

More questions?

Band Secretary – Wglass@warrick.k12.in.us

Color Guard Director – Scvdriley@gmail.com