What is Colorguard?
Color Guard is a combination of the use of flags, sabers, mock rifles, and other equipment, as well as dance and other interpretive movement. Winter color guards can be found in high schools, middle schools, universities, and other independent organizations, some of which are related to drum corps.
There are two levels of classification: Independent and Scholastic. Independent groups are self-organized and funded, sometimes they are an extension of a college program. Scholastic ensembles are programs that compete on behalf of their school. For both Independent and Scholastic classes, WGI (Winterguard International) the governing body of Winterguard, offers competitive divisions of A Class, Open Class and World Class. This will allow ensembles to compete and be compared with other groups at a similar skill level. Ensembles in A Class use a beginners skill set, Open Class has an intermediate skill set and World Class an advanced skill set. The Independent World Class has no age limit.
Founded in 1977, WGI Sport of the Arts has grown to include nearly 1,000 color guards competing with WGI. Winter Guard now exists in Africa, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand and the United States.
The WGI competitive season begins in February and finishes in April at the Color Guard World Championships. The Malachi Minis will compete on the Local Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association Circuit (RMCGA) which follow the same timeline and rules as WGI.
For the Malachi Minis, they will focus on learning the basics of dance and flag and apply those skills to a 3-4 minute long performance. The show is written to the skill level of the members so that they can get out onto the floor and show all that they have learned with their instructors.
Some of our older or more advanced members will be able to learn rifle and the team may learn alternate pieces of equipment that work with the theme of their show.
Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30pm and Saturday Mornings (Starting in January) from 8:30am-11:00am.
Competitions: The competition season will be composed of multiple performances of the show between the end of January and mid April.
Fees: As this team does not travel out of State for competition, like our Independent A and World teams do, their dues are $400 for the 5 month season, or $80 a month. We offer many fundraising opportunitiess for all our members to assist with fees.