The DHS Winter Guard Whipped it, Stripped it, and Flipped it at their First Competition of the Year


Patty Shipps

The DHS winter guard poses and shows off their best smiles for a photo op before their competition.

For the first time this year, the DHS Winter Guard competed in the California Color Guard Circuit against other winter guards from across the Bay Area. Their show, entitled “Bound to You”, centers around feelings of sorrow and love and features the song “Bound to You” by Christina Aguilera from the movie Burlesque. To keep with the theme of their show, the guard flipped ropes along with the flags and rifles that they usually spin. Their first competition was a huge success.

“I was really proud of our performance,” said sophomore Shelley Shinohara.

“It feels really good to be part of the team. I’m really proud of everyone,” said freshman Meghan Van Lare.

One of the best parts of being in Winterguard, according to the members, is being able to attend the competitions.

“They are so much fun and they have such a good atmosphere.  Everyone is so nice to each other,” said freshman guard member Amanda Dow.

“It’s so awesome here.  Everyone is so kind to each other.  It’s so amazing to see so many people doing the same sport,” said freshman guard member Lexi Crocker.  

The DHS Winter Guard has spent a lot of time the past few months putting together and perfecting their performance.  After their show was over, it was apparent that all of their hard work had paid off.

“Color guard whipped it, stripped it, and flipped it,” said freshman guard member Michela Viazzo.

“I didn’t drop anything so it was pretty lit,” said sophomore Audrey Reiss.

The DHS guard placed second in their division, and missed first place by only 0.07 points.  If it wasn’t for the one point penalty that the guard acquired by missing three seconds of equipment work, the DHS Winterguard would have won first place in their division.

“It was very stressful, but in the end it was a very successful show,” said colorguard captain Juliana Koch.

“Everyone’s excitement for our first show showed up in our performance.  Overall, we had a really good run and it was a great start to a good season,” said senior Kyle Koch.

Undoubtedly, the DHS Colorguard is going to have a fantastic, and hopefully award-winning, winter season.