Susan Moore Winterguard are state champs



Susan Moore High School Winterguard teams have been hard at work this year learning routines for several competitions this season. The hard work paid off last weekend.

Under the direction of Tad Brannen, the varsity team earned a gold medal in the AA Division of the Southeastern Colorguard Circuit, and the title of Alabama State Champs in the AA Division at the Varsity SRA Championships in Bowling Green, Ky. The junior varsity, under the direction of Skylar McHan, earned a silver medal in the novice division of the competition.

For those not familiar with Winterguard, it is an indoor colorguard sport derived from military ceremonies or veteran’s organization ceremonies. It is a combination of flags, wooden or plastic rifles, sabers, and dance, combined with other visual pieces that are incorporated into the artistic element of the performance. Unlike traditional colorguard, the team performs to recorded music instead of live music, and division levels are based on the difficulty of the routine, not by size of the team.

In all, the varsity team has competed in seven competitions this year in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Despite being bumped up to different divisions each year, this is the third year in a row that the varsity has walked away with a gold medal. Their performance for this year was called “Strong Enough,” and while they did not win every competition, they have proven they are stronger each time they performed, culminating with a win this weekend.

The junior varsity team, which was organized last year, did not do as well as they hoped at the beginning of the season and ended up changing their routine mid-season. Their new routine, called “I want to dance with somebody,” proved to be more successful and helped earn them the silver medal this past weekend.

McHan and Brannen, along with several others, work in conjunction to create a routine filled with dance, artistry, acting, expressions, and equipment for the performances. McHan said, “They (Winterguard) have worked very hard this season and represented Susan Moore and the county well.”