Members of the Mohonasen Varsity Color Guard are headed to Dayton, Ohio, where they will compete for the first time in district history in the Winter Guard International World Championships, to be held April 7-9.
The group will present a farewell performance in the high school gym on Tuesday, April 3, at 8:30 p.m. The Mohonasen community is invited to view the performance and show their support for the Varsity Color Guard as they embark on their journey.
Over the past few years the Mohonasen team has burst into the Winter Guard International (WGI) scene. Last year the group attended their first WGI regional, placing 5th, and this year the group placed 3rd at the same regional.
The WGI trip comes on the heels of success for both Varsity and Junior Varsity teams at the Mid-York Color Guard Circuit (MYCGC) Championship in Cicero-N. Syracuse on April 2-3.
The 15-member Mohonasen JV Winter Color Guard competed April 2 in the Novice class at the MYCGC championships. After a nearly flawless and exciting performance, the group placed first with a score of 73.3. Having won the gold medal, the group was honored to give an exhibition performance later that evening to a very large and appreciative crowd.
The group has been learning and perfecting their show since this past November. Performing to the song “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes, the students were dressed like the Scarecrow and delivered a clever and entertaining routine that brought down the house. The JV Color Guard was undefeated, and this performance marks the end of the indoor season. They now turn to preparing for Spring parades with the Draper band.
The 20-member Mohonasen Varsity Winter Color Guard competed April 3 in the SA-2 class at the MYCGC championships. The group’s performance was close to perfection, the best of their season. Mohonasen earned a score of 84.8, tying for the gold medal with Shenendehowa.
This year, Mohonasen performs to “The Cello Song” by the Piano Guys. Staged as a masquerade party, an old Victrola pumps out the music, starting, stopping and skipping the “record” as the group performs. The combination of elegance, humor and traditional color guard made the group a crowd favorite. The group practices between six and 12 hours a week and has been working on training new skills and learning their routine since early November.