Color Guard

High school students with a passion for color guard: You don’t want to miss the Music for All Summer Symposium. Music for All’s color guard curriculum provides time with leading instructors and immerses students in hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. The Symposium brings together the rock stars of color guard, the leadership in the marching arts activity of Bands of America, and Music for All’s mission to create positively life-changing experiences, in order to provide the ultimate learning environment.

NEW! This summer, the color guard division will offer three different mini-tracks that will help students develop their color guard skills at the level that best fits their needs. This learner-focused curriculum will help every camper come away from camp feeling stronger and more confident!

Intermediate Track

This track is designed for students who want to improve their strength and skills on flag, rifle, or sabre.

View Skills for the Intermediate Track.

Advanced Track

This track will challenge students with faster-moving instruction, and more difficult skillsand choreography.

View Necessary Skills for the Advanced Track.

Elite Track

This audition-only track is designed for students who are well established in the activity, and show advanced skills on all three pieces of equipment, along with strong movement and performance skills.

View Necessary Skills for the Elite Track.

June 26 - July 1, 2017

Leadership Weekend June 24-25

Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Color Guard Division Faculty

Susie Harloff

Avon, IN
Division Coordinator
2017 TOR Honor Band Color Guard Director

Robbie Arnold

Winchester, KY
Lexis Winter Guard
Lafayette HS
Adair County HS

Scott Beck

Powder Springs, GA
Still Elementary School

Shannon Clark

Lexington, KY
Lexis Winter Guard

Zach Dye

Greenfield, Indiana
Juxtaposition Winter Guard
Legacy Winter Guard
Phantom Regiment

Jessica Francis

Howell, MI
Interplay Winter Guard

Danielle Geier

Hammond, Indiana
Morton High School

Nathan Jennings

Atlanta, GA
Lassiter High School
Paramount Winter Guard
Interplay Winter Guard

Jared Littleton

Indianapolis, Indiana
Franklin Township
Music City Drum & Bugle Corps Color Guard

Jay Logan

Cincinnati, OH
Milford High School

Ricardo Robinson

Bradenton, FL
Braden River High School
Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps

Derek Smith

Grand Rapids, MI
Interplay Winter Guard

Vincent Thomas

Baltimore, MD
Onyx World
Stonewall Independent
VT Dance
Blue Stars

Photos from Color Guard at America’s Camp

Flag Skills for Each Track:

Elite

Camper should show proficiency in the following skills:
  • Flag – Camper should show proficiency in the following skills:
  • All basic holds and angles achieved with additional upper and lower body responsibility
  • Drop spins on both hands achieved with additional lower body responsibility
  • Speed spins (peggy or double fast) on both hands
  • Basic tosses in the vertical plane (Singles, doubles, pop toss, parallel) with ability to incorporate body responsibility under the tosses
  • Flat tosses from a variety of positions on the pole and silk out of both hands
  • Angle tosses from a variety of positions on the pole and silk
  • Awareness of flat and angle planes in relationship to the body
  • Incorporation of higher level movement underneath technique and choreography
  • Continuously incorporates expressive/performance qualities throughout choreography
  • **Elite campers should have spent at least 3 seasons spinning flag**

Advanced

Camper should show proficiency in the following skills:
  • All basic holds and angles achieved with additional upper and lower body responsibility
  • Drop spins on both hands achieved with additional lower body responsibility
  • Speed spins (peggy or double fast) on both hands
  • Basic tosses in the vertical plane (Singles, doubles, pop toss, parallel) with ability to incorporate basic body responsibility under the tosses.
  • Flat tosses from a variety of positions on the pole and silk out of both hands
  • Angle tosses from a variety of positions on the pole and silk
  • Awareness of flat and angle planes in relationship to the body
  • Incorporation of movement underneath technique and choreography
  • Intermittently incorporate expressive/performance qualities in choreography
  • **Advanced flag campers should have spent at least 2 seasons spinning flag**

Intermediate

Campers will work on the following skills during camp week:
  • All basic holds and angles
  • Drop spins on both hands
  • Speed spins (peggy or double fast)
  • Basic tosses in the vertical plane (Singles, doubles, pop toss, parallel)A basic angle toss
  • Awareness of flat and angle planes in relationship to the body
  • Incorporation of basic movement underneath technique and choreography
  • Beginning to incorporate expressive/performance qualities in choreography
  • **There is no audition for the intermediate track. **

Sabre/Rifle Skills for Each Track:

Elite

Camper should show proficiency in the following skills:
  • Consecutive basic spins on both right and left hands achieved with additional upper and lower body responsibility
  • All basic holds and angles achieved with additional upper and lower body responsibility
  • Flourish exercises on both right and left hands All basic holds and angles achieved with additional upper and lower body responsibility
  • Solid tosses (double, triple, quad, five, six), with movement demands under the toss
  • Ability to throw higher tosses and tosses from non-traditional places on the equipment (from the butt, or tip)and ability to catch tosses in non-traditional catch positions
  • Solid angle and parallel tosses from a variety of positions and release points, with movement demands under the toss
  • Awareness of flat and angle planes in relationship to the body
  • Incorporation of higher level movement underneath technique and choreography
  • Continuously incorporate expressive/performance qualities throughout choreography
  • **Elite campers should have spent at least 2 seasons spinning weapon**
  • **Elite campers will need to demonstrate skills on ALL THREE pieces of equipment. Performance qualities and movement skills are essential underneath all equipment repertoire.
  • **Auditions will be held Monday morning of camp. Campers wishing to be placed in the Elite Track should learn the Elite Track choreography. This can be found through the link on the Color Guard Track page at camp.musicforall.org Additional demonstration of the skills listed above may be requested during the audition.**

Advanced

Camper should show proficiency in the following skills:
  • Consecutive basic spins on both right and left hands achieved with additional lower body responsibility
  • All basic holds and angles achieved with additional and lower body responsibility
  • Flourish exercises on both right and left hands achieved with additional lower body responsibility
  • Solid tosses (double, triple, quad)
  • Ability to throw fives and sixes and tosses from non-traditional places on the equipment (from the butt, or tip)and ability to catch tosses in non-traditional catch positions
  • Solid angle and parallel tosses from a variety of positions and release points
  • Awareness of flat and angle planes in relationship to the body
  • Incorporation of movement underneath technique and choreography
  • Intermittently incorporate expressive/performance qualities in choreography
  • **Advanced weapon campers should have spent at least 1season spinning weapon**
  • **Advanced weapon campers can choose to focus on one weapon of their choice, or spin both weapons during the week, as long as they can demonstrate advanced skills on both weapons**
  • **Auditions will be held Monday morning of camp. Campers wishing to be placed in the Advanced Track should be ready to demonstrate the skills listed above on the piece(s) of equipment they want to spin for the week.**

Intermediate

Campers will work on the following skills during camp week:
  • Basic spins on both right and left hands
  • Flourish exercises on both right and left hands
  • Toss technique (double, triple, quad)
  • Basic angle and parallel tosses
  • Awareness of flat and angle planes in relationship to the body
  • Incorporation of basic movement underneath technique and choreography
  • Beginning to incorporate expressive/performance qualities in choreography
  • **There is no audition for the intermediate track.**

What are students saying about Color Guard at America’s Camp?

Not only do I have new skills, I have a new outlook on life and the way I interact with it as well.

What I learned this past week I will bring home with me to my guard and hopefully inspire them!

This camp truly is life-changing, and my only regret is that I didn’t come sooner!

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