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Winter Guard home show on March 23

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 18, 2019) -- Cheer on the Falcons and be dazzled by the whirl of color and movement that’s known as “winter guard” on Saturday at the Albany Winter Guard Home Show.

 

Doors open at 4:15 p.m. in the Albany High School gym and the competition starts at 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and free for children 12 and under.

  

Winter guard competitions combine the precision skills of marching-band color guards (flags, rifles and sabers) with the grace and agility of gymnastics and the choreography of a dance ensemble.

 

Members of the City School District of Albany's winter guard team will be among the 200 students from 18 teams who will compete in a range of skill contests.

 

The Albany team will compete on three levels: varsity (Scholastic Regional A), junior varsity (Elementary Regional A) and modified (Cadet).

 

The varisty and modified squads have nine members each and the JV squad has eight members. The squads are composed of students in grades 4-12 from Albany High School, Albany School of Humanities (ASH), Montessori Magnet School, New Scotland Elementary School, Pine Hills Elementary School, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and William S. Hackett Middle School.

 

Directing the Albany teams are Donel Mataruga, Ashley Zanito-White and Erica Zetterholm-Bliss.

 

Each weekend, several winter guard competitions are held around Upstate New York, at which typically 10-20 school teams compete. The results of those competitions allow teams to adjust their performances as they prepare for the season-ending championships on March 30 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. In six competitions so far this year, the JV squad has consistently placed first and the modified and varsity squads between third and fifth.

 

The Albany Winter Guard program is nine years old and has blossomed since it began with exhibition performances in 2009.

 

Also on Saturday, the Albany Indoor Percussion Ensemble -- which competes as part of the New York State Indoor Percussion Circuit -- will perform their martial-arts inspired show with 24 students from Hackett, Myers and Albany High under the direction of Mark Sanford.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves approximately 9,500 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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