On Saturday, February 25, the Ann Richards color guard took home first place in district, their first award of the year. The team had practiced every Monday after school and the first B day of the week during class and after school.
Some team members have a different approach of preparing for performances, where the color guard performs for a panel of judges.
“Before our performance, I think positive, because most the time if you think bad you’ll do bad,” Lorenya Muñoz (9) said. “If you’re nervous before a performance, then you’re going to be nervous during it, and that might affect how you perform all together.
This year, the team is the largest it’s ever been, with 31 girls on their team. This is a significant change from the previous group of seven. Mr. Howard has been working with a growing team, which constantly changes as seniors graduate.
“When Ms. Elizondo and I first arrived at Ann Richards, the color guard had only seven girls, no class for the team, and five of those girls were seniors who graduated last year,” Mr. Stephen Howard, the school’s high school band director said. “This year we had just ten returning from last years team, and twenty one new girls to color guard.”
In order to succeed in performances, Mr. Howard believes that each practice should be better than the last. The performance this year is centered around the image of a record player, the accompanying song being an instrumental of Flo Rida’s song “Right Round.”
“I try to teach the girls that we are out to compete against ourselves and the performance that we have tomorrow should be better than the one we had today,” Mr. Howard said. “Every single time we perform we are improving, and we focus more on ourselves. Yes, it’s good to be best in competition, but us being better than the last time is better.”
Outside of colorguard, Mr. Howard pushes all students to be successful in school so they can perform with everyone else.
“I have to keep on top of my grades,” Michelle DeLeon-Hernandez (11) said. “Towards to end of the year, it gets easier to slip, but really it’s worth it, because I like competing in UIL and competitions. We won [our] last competition, [so that] makes it feel really good.”
Some students new to Color Guard have a hard time adapting to the structure of performances, and have to learn elements including time keeping, and how to move the flags.
“I wasn’t very good in Color Guard until a few weeks into the classes,” Tiana Storey (9) said. “I got the hang of how to move the flag, and not drop it or hit someone else while performing. My grades weren’t that good either, so Mr. Howard encouraged me to get those up. I wanted to perform and I wanted to compete, so I pushed myself to do better and I am very proud of myself and my team.”