Somerville High School to Host Winter Guard Show

On Saturday, January 22, the Somerville High School Music Boosters Association will host their 16th annual Indoor Color Guard show at Branchburg Central Middle School. Competing winter guard teams from across the region will be in attendance, with a final performance from the 2022 show debut by two-time world champion Somerville High School Scholastic World Winter Guard.

The Winter Guard is a competitive indoor color guard activity in which performers use flags, guns, sabers, and other equipment combined with dancing to produce a choreographed spectacle. Teams are judged in various categories, including movement, technique, design analysis, equipment, and general effect.

The Somerville High School Winter Guard is the 2012 Scholastic A and 2015 Scholastic Open Class Winter Guard International World Champions, a competition held annually at the University of Dayton in Ohio. Their award-winning performance caught the eye of musician David Byrne, who selected the team to be one of ten to collaborate with independent musicians to create a live music and winter watch show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and Air Canada in Toronto. Center, which was featured in the 2017 documentary “Contemporary Color.”

The Somerville High School Winter Guard also took part in the British Broadcasting Corp documentary. “Marching to the Coolest Beat”, which focused on how this sports dance tradition binds communities together and brings creativity and joy to performers and audiences, especially at the high school level. .

The Somerville Winter Guard shows are directed by Rick Delancy and Angela Bitone.

Scholastic World’s 16-member team includes captains Colin Sheeley, Rebecca Wolin and Heather Young, as well as Nate Cohen, Miracle Coit, Katharine Curtis, Kiarra Dalida, Kalie Fabriczi, Diego Gonzalez, Karis Kechula, Lizzy Malanga, Gianna Perrine, Carlene Recto, Kylie Ronning, Hannah Varley and Selina Verbanas.

The contest will begin at 4:00 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. Cash-only admission is $10; $8 for children and seniors. Spectators can attend at any time during the show.

The Somerville High School Winter Guard asks guests to bring new or lightly worn shoes to donate to their shoe drive to support micro-business vendors in developing countries.

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