Celebrations of color guard have been in full swing at Pinewood Intermediate School. On March 4, staff and several members from the Mohonasen varsity and junior varsity color guard teams presented an assembly for fifth-grade students at Pinewood. Kicking off the newly approved Pinewood Color Guard, the staff, led by Mohonasen High School Band and Color Guard Director Daniel Philpott-Jones and instructor Kari Ross, showed performance videos of the middle and high school color guard teams. A vibrant live demonstration by student members of the team followed, where the students spun rifles, sabers and flags to demonstrate the core equipment used by their teams. After the presentation, Pinewood students were able to ask questions directly to the visiting team members.
Thanks to the help of Draper Middle School Band Director Jason Varga, the new Pinewood Color Guard will be performing with the middle school marching band at spring parades and local color guard competitions in the 2016-17 school year, including Mohonasen’s annual home show at the high school in February.
Mr. Jones is tasked with coordinating this exciting new group alongside Principal Deborah Kavanaugh, and Mrs. Ross and Ms. Brittany Plano will serve as the adult instructors of the group. High school students Ashley Carpenter, Kayla LaBombard and Nafis Wright will assist in the training process, and the group plans to practice in the Pinewood gym on Friday afternoons.
Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from Pinewood students, membership on the team has been limited to 30 fifth-grade students, and a waitlist has been created for those who are still interested. Details regarding the first practice and a meeting for parents of the 30 current members will be announced soon.