The most seen edition of the Visual Ensembles is the Color Guard. They perform as a part of the marching band at local events, football games, and competitions. The marching band competes on a state and regional level. Rehearsals then begin near the end of the school year and continue through the summer and fall. Competitions for the marching band typically begin in mid September and end in late early November. The marching band also performs in local and national events year round. Members of the color guard attend all practices and performances outlined in the calendar as “MB” or marching band.
The winter guard is the most competitive and well traveled edition of the Color Guard. The members of the winter guard are selected from the color guard during an audition in early to mid November. There may be several winter guards hosted by the Ashley Ridge High School Band during any given school year. The winter guards will be created and maintained, as student participation requires. This may or may not include a Varsity Winter Guard, Junior Varsity Winter Guard, and a Middle School Winter Guard. The winter guards rehearse from November to April and compete on a local and regional level. Competitions begin in late January and conclude in April with championships. Competitions for the winter guard typically include SCBDA State Championships, Various regional competitions, and the CWEA Championships.
All Color Guard members are encouraged to take part in an outside dance class. The school offers Dance classes during the school day. This class allows the members to hone their dance skills in an academic setting while receiving class credit for their work. Or you may choose a private studio on your own. Dance class is crucial to the development of all members.