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Guard - Fall and Spring Semester

Students who are interested in dance, choreography, and movement may choose to audition for our marching band color guard. Color guard is an extension of the winter guard program.

Winter Guards compete based on ability levels.  There are several classes of competition:

  • Prep - for middle school groups only.
  • Novice - for beginning groups in color guard, very basic skill sets.
  • High School Regional A - for groups with beginning to intermediate skill sets.
  • High School AA - for groups with intermediate equipment and dance skills.
  • High School A - for groups with advanced skills in equipment and dance.
  • High School Open - Groups have advanced skills and the design of the program comes into play.
  • High School World - The top level of competition for any scholastic group.

Prerequisites: Placement by audition held in April

Required Performances: All football games including playoffs; all parades fall and spring; all marching and winter guard competitions

The Guard is open to all students enrolled or enrolling in 10th-12th grade.  Students must register for the guard class offered 7th period to participate in the guard.
  • The Blue Group rehearses every Monday and Friday from 4-7.
  • The Gold Group rehearses every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-7.

Color Guard Tryouts

Color Guard tryouts will take place April 26th - 30th.  The SHS Color Guard try-outs are open to rising 9th, 10th, and 11th Graders.  If you know anybody that would like to participate, please send them to one of the district band directors for information.

Winter Guard Competition Schedule

January 28, Dorman High School, Both Groups

February 11, Rock Hill High School, Both Groups

February 18, WGI Raleigh Regional, Varsity Group Only

March 3, WGI Atlanta Regional, Varsity Group Only

March 17, Byrnes High School, Both Groups

March 31, Western Carolina University, CIPA Championships, Both Groups

April 11-14, Winter Guard International World Championships held in Dayton, Ohio - Varsity Group Only


Carolina Indoor Performance Association is made up of units from SC, NC, TN, and VA. 


WGI is an international organization with groups competing at World Championships from Japan, Canada, England, and the United States.  In Dayton, Ohio our school will compete with 100+ other programs for 15 spots in the final competition.  Our students have worked extremely hard and would love to see you out there to support them.

2011-2012 Roster

The following students are members of our Winter Guards.  The JV group rehearses from 4-7 on Monday's and Fridays, the Varsity group rehearses from 4-7 on Tuesday's and Thursday's.

Spartanburg Gold Guard (Varsity)

Kensley Drummond; Victoria Feaster; Katie Henson; Samantha Henson; Sadresha Killingsworth; Khadijah Miller; Amarah Naraine; Britney Nesbitt; Dionta Posey; Basha Saffo; Sonny Sisan; Damari Smith


Spartanburg Blue Guard (Junior Varsity)


Lauren Hall; Nyla Miller; Tyree Lipscomb; Leanna Jones; Deja Foster; Brianna Cates; Kierra Collins; Deon Gary; Tamera Sullivan; Audrianna Franks; Audrey Wolfe; Nayohsa Evans; Tasha Gilliam; Shakeilla Greene; Jasmine Dowdell; Jennifer Robinson; Tiana Sullivan; Candice Fields; Jamariah Rice; Kimberly Ketner; Keuna Martin; Victoria Long; Paije Sartor; Ja’Toriya Benson



Raleigh Competition Results:
The Varsity winter guard had a very successful weekend at the Winter Guard International Raleigh, NC Regional. 24 Groups competed for 12 spots in the finals competition that evening. Our group placed 10 in prelims qualifying for finals, and moved up to 9th place in the final competition. Their score from this past weekend ranks them in the top 25 Scholastic A Guards in the Nation.
 Dorman Competition Results:

The winter guard just completed competition at Dorman High School. SHS is proud of their accomplishments:

  • The Blue Guard (junior varsity) was one of about 20 guards to compete. Their performance was strong enough to earn them a second place finish and move them up from Novice to the next higher level of competition.
  • The Gold Guard (varsity) competed in the Scholastic A/AA Class. There were 17 groups total in the class and they finished 3rd. This performance means they too will compete in a higher class next time: Scholastic A Class.