Winter Guard home show on March 23
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
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.
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
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
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
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