The Loveland Color Guard – a section of the LHS Crimson Regiment and the Loveland Winter Guard consists of high school students who benefit from being in a world-class organization and have the opportunity to work with some of the best professional color guard instructors and performers in the nation. Top-quality instruction is critical to the success of the Loveland Guard and contributes to the rich tradition of excellence, which makes the Loveland Bands program so well known.
The LHS Color Guard is the non-musical section of the LHS Crimson Regiment that provides additional visual aspects to the marching band’s performance. The Crimson Regiment competes in Colorado Bandmaster Association’s marching bands fall competition season, where the band has taken 1st or 2nd place for the past 10 years. In competitions, the guard’s performance adds to the overall score of the band – especially in the visual performance scores.The marching band and color guard also march in parades and perform a 15 minute half-time show for at-home LHS football games.
By synchronizing different colors and styles of flags, rifles, sabres and other pieces of equipment pertaining to the music, as well as a mix of ballet, jazz and contemporary modern dance, the color guard interprets the band’s music into a stunning visual element.
- Color Guard Auditions – May
- Marching Band Season – August through October
As members of the marching band, the color guard has the same marching fees as band members.
Winterguard is called the “Sport of the Arts” because it brings athleticism, flag and weaponry skills, dance and music to life through performance in a competitive format at a gym or indoor arena. Our Winter Guard is an extra-curricular activity supported by the Loveland Band Boosters and competes in 7-8 judged competitions by local and regional associations using criteria developed by the Winter Guard International. The Loveland Winter Guard is activity associated with the Rocky Mountain Color Guard Association (RMCGA) in Colorado and the Winter Guard International (WGI) nationally.
The Loveland Varsity Guard are the 2013 NSA State Champions and were 9th in WGI’s 2013 Skylark division and ranked 33rd in the country. Our Loveland JV Guard are the 2013 SA silver medalists.
Winter Guard Teams:
- Loveland Varsity Guard: NSA
- Loveland Junior Varsity Guard: SA
- Erwin Middle School Guard: Novice
Auditions and Season:
- Winter Guard Audions – November
- Winter Guard Season – January through late March/early April
Pre-requisite for Varsity and JV: Successful completion of fall color guard or instructor approval. In addition to the preceding, all students must pass a successful live audition as it relates to the standards on the audition rubric. A fee is required to join this extra-curricular activity.
Novice Winter Guard
The purpose of the Erwin Middle School Winter Guard Program is to introduce students to the Loveland Color Guard Program and the Loveland Marching Band Program. By teaching the students fundamental skills on flag and movement; students incorporate these skills into a routine. This program is supported by the LHS Band Boosters and competes 5-6 Novice class competitions where Loveland Winter Guard teams are also competing. Our Erwin MS Guard are the 2013 Novice bronze medalists in Colorado for the past three years.
The Erwin Middle School Winter Guard program is a great way to meet other motivated and interested students in a positive atmosphere. The students will learn the value of hard work while gaining new performance skills. Color guard is also an excellent confidence builder as the students learn to work together as a team. Patience, leadership skills, and creative thinking are only a few reasons to be involved
with the Erwin Middle School Color Guard Program!
Winter Guard is an extra-curricular activity supported by the Loveland Band Boosters and competes in 7-8 judged competitions by local and regional associations using criteria developed by the Winter Guard International. A fee is required to join.
Erwin Middle School Novice: No pre-requisite is needed to join this team. If you love music, are able to demonstrate good coordination, body control and rhythm with an ability to learn flag techniques and dance routines…join our novice team. Auditions in late November/early December.
The LHS Varsity Winter Guard team competes yearly at a WGI regional competition and at WGI nationals every three years. The team competed in 2013 for the first time and took 9th in the Skylark Division and is ranked 33rd in the nation.
Drum Corps International is marching music’s majure league where color guard’s elite join together with the finest marching musicians into drum corps for a summer of competition across the country. More than 8,000 students audition for fewer than 3,500 positions available in the top-tier DCI member corps.
We are proud to say that six of our Loveland Guard have auditioned in the past year with three taking spots with the Blue Stars and The Academy.
We encourage our guard to achieve the extraordinary through performance and competition, where ever their ambition takes them – be it the Loveland Guard, in WGI competitions or as a member of the Drum Corps elite.