Albany winter guard excels on home turf
N.Y. (March 25, 2019) -- The City School District of Albany’s three
winter guard squads competed on their home turf on Saturday and each
earned second place in its division.
The Albany Winter Guard Home Show at Albany High School featured 18
winter guard squads from schools around the region that competed in a
wide range of skill contests.
Also performing were Excelsior IAA, a winter guard squad made up of
Albany students and parents, and the Albany Indoor Percussion Ensemble.
Wnter guard is an indoor color-guard sport. Competitions combine the
precision skills of marching band color guards with the grace and
agility of gymnastics and the choreography of a dance ensemble. Each
team’s performance is rated by a panel of judges.
The Albany winter guard team competed on
three levels: varsity (Scholastic Regional A), junior varsity
(Elementary Regional A) and modified (Cadet).
Albany performances told parts of the fairy tale “Peter Pan.” The Cadet
squad performed “Second Star to the Right: A Peek into the First Visit
of Peter Pan;” the ERA squad performed “Tink;” and the SRA performed
“Neverland.” The Excelsior squad finished out the tale with “Hook,” a
story of how the fabled pirate earned his name.
The varsity 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 were Donel Mataruga, Ashley Zannitto-White
and Marcy McMillan.
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 Indoor Percussion Ensemble -- which
competes as part of the New York State Indoor Percussion Circuit –
performed a martial-arts inspired show with 24 students from Hackett,
Myers and Albany High under the direction of Mark Sanford.
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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