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All the field’s a stage


Top left to bottom right: Kaitlyn Haynes, Katlyn Miller, Sara Watson, Darby Croft, and Manda Gaeckle

Imagine standing beneath stadium lights, the remnants of summer’s breeze playing gently across your forehead just before you march onto the field, the cool metal of the flag beneath your fingers. You’ve logged countless hours spinning your flag and you’re still worried that your solo isn’t good enough, but you’re excited because you’re with your friends doing something you love. You hold your flag with strong arms and you begin to smile as the opening of your show plays and before you know it, you’re marching and grinning like the Cheshire cat.

For me, nothing gets better than spinning my flag because it’s a whole body workout. Being in color guard teaches you to believe in the power of your own body and to appreciate it for what it does. The beauty of color guard is that anyone can learn to spin and along the way, color guard teaches you to be mindful of yourself and creates awareness for the people around you like, say, not hitting people with your flag as you pass through various band members.

The Marching Muskies acquired a color guard this year and there are six women on the team. The show’s theme this year is Stars Wars and in addition to being surrounded by highly talented and exceptionally brilliant students, I would have to say my favorite part of marching band is that I get to play Darth Vader and have an awesome fight scene with one of my sorority sisters. I honestly can’t imagine a better start to the year. Can you?




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