Color Guard Has Begun and They’re Ready to Compete

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Color Guard Has Begun and They’re Ready to Compete

Alex Gallegos

Alex Gallegos

Alex Gallegos

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Color Guard is a fall sport at Livermore High School that is currently top 5 in their division. The team is currently made up of 15 people and is lead by head captain, Aracely Rios (grade 12), along with two co-captains, Angie Savoy (grade 11) and Montse Arevalo (grade 11) . 

The team is coached by four different coaches: Luis Cardoza, Sierra Sowa, Rachel Nishijima and Nichole Grapes. Sowa explained, “Color Guard is a combination of dancing and equipment and is a performing art very similar to like a dance class or a dance club.” 

The LHS Color Guard performs at field shows on the football field, in parades, and at band reviews alongside marching band. In their performances, they mainly use contemporary dance, flags and rifles. They mainly compete on Saturdays within the immediate Northern California area.

Savannah Dalusong (grade 9) said, ”It’s going really well, we’re getting a lot of practices in, since it’s three practices a week, but we’re working hard and the routine is almost finished.” Referring to the routine for their first band review that they’ve been practicing for weeks.

Competitions take the form of “reviews” in which different schools compete with choreographed routines for first place. They are scored based on the routine out of 100 and if they score high enough, they place first, second or third. Last year, the team scored 79 out of 100 at their Santa Cruz band review and got first place. 

These band reviews take place in various areas, such as: Santa Cruz, Napa High School, Foothill and the championships in Stockton. Last year, the team ended up winning four awards. They’ve just competed at their first band review this year at Santa Cruz last Saturday on Oct 19.

Color Guard member Liana Tran (grade 10) said, ”My first experience was pretty cool, except I feel like as an entire group we could’ve done better.” The team ended up placing third from their three minute performance alongside marching band and drumline who both won first place. Color Guard scored a 79 and were two points away from second place. They have their next band review this weekend at Foothill and are excited to improve and hopefully place higher.