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"8 reasons why you should check out the Color Guard try-outs."

1. You like to dance: Color Guard students train in a variety of dance styles.
2. You like to throw things: you'll spin, twirl and toss props such as flags, rifles and sabers.
3. You love to perform before a crowd: be part of the halftime show at Samohi home football games!
4. You've got a competitive spirit: the Viking Marching Band & Color Guard compete in field show tournaments all over Southern California.
5. A big "S" would look good on your jacket: after 3 seasons, Guard members earn a Samohi Varsity letter.
6. You want an impressive skill to list on college applications: 113 of U.S. News & World Report's top 200 American colleges & universities have marching bands with color guards. Those schools are always looking for students with color guard training, and some of them offer scholarships for color guard.
7. You're exploring alternatives to traditional P.E. classes: Color Guard students receive P.E. credit, just like members of Samohi's athletic teams.
8. You're always hungry on Friday afternoons: We'll provide snacks!

Color Guard is taught during Period A. Try-outs are open to all returning Samohi students and incoming 9th-graders. We hope to see you at the Greek.

Champions

 

Congratulations to the 2014 Samohi Winter Guard

2014 Winter Guard Association
of Southern California
Gold Medalists!

 

Dance, Movement Training, Flags, Rifles, Use of Equipment in Performance - all these things make up the Color Guard - an integral part of the Marching Band. Santa Monica has an important place in the historical development of what is often called an auxiliary to the marching band.

WinterGuard

Kay Teer Crawford, who created the drill team concept, taught for many years at Santa Monica College. She established the Coronettes - SMC's drill team. The high school and the college were all part of one district at that time, and for many years Samohi fielded a drill team with the marching band.

Around 1980, California schools were making many cuts to save money. The drill team was targeted for elimination, however, the band director at that time, Jim Hile, offered to fold the group into the marching band. As part of that change, he re-organized the group into a color guard - or tall flag team - reflecting the current trend away from drill team, towards a more equipment oriented auxiliary. Drum Corps International was exerting ground breaking influence which would completely change the character of field shows performed by marching bands. Samohi's color guard was initially modeled after the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps.

The Samohi color guard continues to reflect the dynamic character of contemporary movement training - using much more than just tall flags to express the music performed by the band. Body and Movement training form the foundation of instruction, with the equipment serving as an extension of the body. The training retains some of the military marching foundations that made up early drill teams, but is much more oriented towards modern dance.

The color guard at Samohi is a full year class. Students receive P.E. credit - just like the athletic teams and cheer leaders. After the marching band season in the fall, the Color Guard prepares a new competition show - often referred to as Winter Guard. Samohi performs in shows sponsored by the Winter Guard International , and by the Winter Guard Association of Southern California.

List of College/University Marching Bands with Color Guards

Note: Only Bands with Color Guards / Flag Corps are listed. Duplicate ranking numbers are correct;
this is the way they are reported by U.S. News & World Report.
College or University
Marching Band Name
Marching Band / Colorguard Website
USNews & WR University Nat'l Ranking
Cornell University Big Red Marching Band & Color Guard
http://guard.bigredbands.org
15
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) Athletic Bands
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/vuband/
17

Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) Wildcat Marching Band "NUMB"
http://northwesternbands.org/numb/

23
UCLA Bruin Marching Band & Color Guard
http://uclaband.com
24
University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band
http://www.usc.edu/dept/band/
24
University of Virginia Cavalier Marching Band
http://www.virginia.edu/marchingband/
24
Wake Forest University Demon Deacon Marching Band, Color Guard & Winter Guard
http://wfumb.groups.wfu.edu
27
University of Michigan Marching Band
http://mmb.music.umich.edu
29
Boston College Screaming Eagles Marching Band & Color Guard
http://www.bc.edu/offices/bands/ensembles/marching/color.html
31
Georgia Tech Band & Colorguard
http://gtband.net/colorguard/?ref=Ensembles
36
Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) Marching Spartans & Spartan Silks
http://music.case.edu/ensembles/case-marching-spartans
37
UC Irvine Marching Band & Color Guard
http://www.ucibands.com/marching/
44
University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) Frost Band of the Hour
http://www.miami.edu/frost/index.php/bands
44
Pennsylvania State University Blue Band & "Silk"
http://blueband.psu.edu
46
University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Marching Illini Color Guard
http://bands.illinois.edu/content/MI/
46

University of Texas at Auburn Longhorn Band
http://www.music.utexas.edu/LonghornBand/
46
University of Washington (Seattle) Husky Marching Band
http://huskymarchingband.org
46
Boston University Terrier Athletic Bands & Colorguard
http://www.bu.edu/bands/
51
Tulane University (New Orleans) Marching Band
http://www.tulaneband.org
51

University of Florida Gator Marching Band Visual Ensemble
http://www.ufbands.ufl.edu

54
Southern Methodist University Mustang Band
http://people.smu.edu/band/
58
Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) Marching Band
http://www.subands.com
58
Syracuse Univesrity Marching Band
http://www.subands.com
58
University of Maryland (College Park) "Mighty Sound of Maryland" Marching Band
http://www.music.umd.edu/ensembles/bands/marching_band/
58
University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band
http://www.pittband.com
58
University of Connecticut Marching Band & Color Guard
http://ucmb.uconn.edu
63
University of Georgia Redcoat Band Flagline
http://bands.music.uga.edu/redcoats/auxiliaries/flagline/
63
Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) All-American Marching Band & Golden Silks Flag Corps
http://www.purdue.edu/bands/aamb/
65
Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) Cougar Marching Band, Color Guard & Flag/Rifle Line
http://bands.byu.edu/bands/marching-and-pep-bands
68
Clemson University (Clemson, SC) Tiger Band
http://ekubands.eku.edu/eku-marching-colonels

68
University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) Marching Band https://music.umn.edu/ensembles/marching
68
Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band
http://spartanband.net

72
University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band http://www.uiowa.edu/~bands/HMB/Welcome.html
72
Virginia Tech Marching Virginians Flag Corps
http://spiritoftech.music.vt.edu
72
University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens Marching Band & Color Guard http://www.udmb.org
75
Baylor University (Waco, TX) Golden Wave Marching Band http://www.baylor.edu/gwb/index.php?id=42872
77
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Syrcause, NY) http://www.esf.edu/welcome/esfsu.htm
77
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) Million Dollar Band http://bands.ua.edu/ensembles/million-dollar-band/
77
Clark University (Worcester, MA) Marching Band
http://www.clarku.edu
83
University of Tulsa (AL) Marching Band
http://www.tulsahurricane.com/athletic-dept/tuls-band.html

83
Auburn University (AL) Marching Band Tiger Eyes Visual Ensemble http://band.auburn.edu/ensembles/aumb/tigereyes/
89
Miami University (Oxford, OH) Marching Band "MUMB"
http://www.units.muohio.edu/mubands/mumb/
89
SUNY Stony Brook Marching Band
http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/marchingband/
92
Texas Christian University Marching Band
http://www.band.tcu.edu/marchingband.html
92
Florida State University Marching Chiefs
http://fsuchiefs.com
97
University of Colorado at Boulder Golden Buffalo Marching Band & Colorguard
http://bands.colorado.edu/marching/
97
University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Minutemen Marching Band & Color Guard
http://www.umass.edu/band/
97
University of Missouri-Columbia Marching Mizzou http://mubands.missouri.edu/bands/m2/index.shtml
97
Iowa State University Cyclone "Varsity" Marching Band & Color Guard http://www.music.iastate.edu/org/marching/
101
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhusker Marching Band
http://www.unl.edu/band/
101
University of Oklahoma Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band http://bands.ou.edu/index.php/bands/pride-of-oklahoma
101
University of Tennessee (Knoxville)
http://web.utk.edu/~utband/
101
North Carolina State University (Raleigh) Marching Band http://www.ncsu.edu/music/scholarships/masini.html
106
SUNY Maritime College Marching Band
http://www.sunymaritime.edu/index.aspx
106
University of Kansas Jayhawk Marching Band & Color Guard http://www2.ku.edu/~kumband/
106
University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH) Wildcat Marching Band, Colorguard & Winterguard
http://unhbands.org/index.php/athletic-bands/wildcat-marching-band
106
University of New Hampshire Wildcat Marching Band
http://unhbands.org
106
Rutgers University (Newark, NJ) Marching Scarlet Knights http://band.scarletknights.com
115
University of Dayton (OH) Pride of Dayton Marching Band http://prideofdayton.udayton.edu
115
University of Oregon Marching Band http://omb.uoregon.edu/OregonAthleticBands/Home/Home.html
115
University of South Carolina (Columbia) - Carolina Band http://www.carolinaband.org/athleticbands/carolinaband/
115
Howard University (Washington, DC) "Showtime" Marching Band http://www.coas.howard.edu/bands/
120
University of Arizona Pride of Arizona Marching Band & Color Guard http://web.cfa.arizona.edu/colorguard/
120
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla, MO) Miner Marching Band & Auxiliary Unit
http://www.mst.edu

125
Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) Marching Band http://www.temple.edu/boyer/academicprograms/temple-bands/index.asp
125
University of Kentucky (Lexington)
http://ukbands.org
125
University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Marching Band
http://www.uofubands.org
125
Washington State University Cougar Marching Band
http://marchingband.wsu.edu
125
Colorado State University Marching Band http://www.music.colostate.edu/ensembles/bands/
134
Louisiana State University Golden Band from Tigerland
http://www.bands.lsu.edu
134
University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Razorback Marching Band http://bands.uark.edu/Band/Athletic_Bands_-_Razorback_Marching_Band.html
134
Arizona State University Sun Devils Marching Band & Colorguard http://music.asu.edu/sundevilband/colorguard.php
139
Kansas State University (Frankfort) Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band
http://www.k-state.edu/band/marchingband.html
139
Oklahoma State University Cowboy Marching Band
http://bands.okstate.edu/CMB/
139
Oregon State University (Corvalis, OR) Marching Band & Color Guard http://osumb.oregonstate.edu
139
University of Cincinnati Bearcat Marching Band & Color Guard http://www.ucband.uc.edu/band/
139
South Carolina State (Orangeburg) University Marching 101
http://scsu101band.com
147
University of Rhode Island Ram Band http://www.uri.edu/student_organizations/ramband/
147
University of Alabama at Birmingham Marching Blazers http://www.music.uab.edu/uab_MBand.html
151
University of Mississippi "Ole Miss" (Oxford, MI)
http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/band/
151
Illinois State University (Normal, IL) Big Red Marching Machine http://bands.illinoisstate.edu/ensembles/athletic.shtml
156
University of Hawai'i-Manoa Marching Band http://www.uhm.hawaii.edu/news/article.php?aId=1728
156
University of Maine (Orono) Pride of Maine Black Bear Marching Band http://www2.umaine.edu/MarchingBand/
156
University of Wyoming (Laramie) Marching Band
http://www.uwyo.edu/marchingband/
156
Mississippi State University Maroon Band
http://msuband.msstate.edu/audition.php
160
University of Louisville (KY) Cardinal Marching Band http://www.cardinalmarchingband.com
160
San Diego State University Marching Aztecs
http://band.sdsu.edu/marchingband.php
165
Texas Tech "Goin' Band from Raiderland"
http://www.orgs.ttu.edu/goinband/
165
University of Idaho (Moscow) "The Sound of Idaho" http://www.uiweb.uidaho.edu/marchingband/sub/future/faq1.html
165
University of West Virginia (Morgantown) Marching Band http://theprideofwestvirginia.org
165
University of Massachusetts (Lowell) Marching Band
http://www.umass.edu/band/
170
University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) Marching Band
http://arts-sciences.und.edu/music/ensembles.cfm
170
University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) Herd of Thunder Athletic Bands, Colorguard & Winterguard
http://band.arts.usf.edu
170
University of Central Florida Marching Knights
http://www.ucfmarchingknights.com
174
Utah State University (Logan) Aggie Marching Band http://www.usu.edu/music/ensembles/band/USUbands/html_pages_folder/AMB.html
174
New Mexico State University Pride of New Mexico Marching Band http://music.nmsu.edu/ensembles/pride
179
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale Marching Salukis http://marchingsalukis.siu.edu/index.html
179
Ball State University (Muncie, IN) "Pride of Mid-America" Marching Band http://www.ballstatebands.com/#!ensembles/vstc7=marching-band
184
Bowling Green State University (OH) Marching Band http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music/ensembles/bands/
184
North Dakota State University Gold Star Marching Band http://www.goldstarbands.org/marchingband/default.aspx
184
University of Houston Spirit of Houston Marching Band
http://www.uhbands.com
184
Montana State University Spirit of the West Marching Band http://www.montana.edu/wwwmusic/band/
189
Northern Illinois University Huskie Marching Band
http://www.niu.edu/band/
189
University of Nevada-Reno Wolf Pack Marching Band http://www.unr.edu/cla/music/ensembles/unr_marching_band.htm
189
Western Michigan University Bronco Marching Band
https://www.wmubroncoband.com
189
East Carolina University Marching Pirates & Color Guard
http://www.ecu.edu/band/
199
Louisiana Tech
http://performingarts.latech.edu/music/band/page11/page11.html
199
South Dakota State University Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band http://www.sdstate.edu/mus/study/pride-of-the-dakotas.cfm
199
University of Montana Grizzly Marching Band http://www.umt.edu/music/ensembles/grizzly-marching-band
199
University of South Dakota (Vermillion) The Sound of USD Marching Band http://www.usd.edu/fine-arts/music/the-sound-of-usd.cfm
199
University of New Haven (West Haven, CT) Chargers Marching Band http://www.newhaven.edu/36297/
No Nat'l Rank,
#100 in North
Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, MO) Bearcat Marching Band http://www.nwmissouri.edu/finearts/music/ensembles/marching/
No Nat'l Rank,
#102 Midwest
SUNY Buffalo Marching Band
http://marchingband.buffalo.edu
No Nat'l Rank,
#104 in North
Elon University (Elon, NC) Fire of the Carolinas Marching Band
http://www.elon.edu/e-web/academics/elon_college/music/
No Nat'l Rank,
#2 in South
St. Joseph's College of Indiana (Rensselaer) Color Guard & Winter Guard http://www.saintjoe.edu/life/clubs/colorguard.html
No Nat'l Rank,
#27 Midwest
Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT) Pioneer Marching Band
No Nat'l Rank,
#38 in North
Fresno State University Bulldog Marching Band
http://www.bulldogmarchingband.com
No Nat'l Rank,
#38 in West
Marshall University (Huntington, WV) Marching Thunder Color Guard http://www.marshall.edu/cofa/music/band/site.asp
No Nat'l Rank,
#41 in South
Towson University (Towson, MD) Tiger Marching Band http://www.towson.edu/bands/mb/index.asp
No Nat'l Rank,
#44 in North
Furman University (Greenville, SC) Paladin Regiment http://www2.furman.edu/academics/music/Degrees/Pages/ThePaladinRegiment.aspx
No Nat'l Rank,
#49 Liberal Arts
McKendree University (Lebanon, IL) Marching Bearcat Band & Color Guard
No Nat'l Rank,
#49 Midwest
Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach, FL) Marching Wildcats http://www.cookman.edu
No Nat'l Rank,
#58 in South
James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA) Marching Royal Dukes & Color Guard http://www.jmu.edu/mrd/
No Nat'l Rank,
#6 in South
College of Wooster (Wooster, OH) Scot Marching Band http://www.wooster.edu/academics/areas/music/ensembles/scotband
No Nat'l Rank,
#60 in Liberal Arts
Missouri State University (Springfield) "Pride" Color Guard & Winter Guard http://www.missouristate.edu/band/130258.htm
No Nat'l Rank,
#60 Midwest
Eastern Kentucky University Marching Colonels
http://ekubands.eku.edu/eku-marching-colonels
No Nat'l Rank,
#61 in South
Boise State University Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band & Color Guard http://thunder.boisestate.edu
No Nat'l Rank,
#62 in West
Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA) Marching Band http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=812
No Nat'l Rank,
#65 in South
Troy University (Troy, AL) "Sound of the South" Auxiliary http://www.soundofthesouth.org
No Nat'l Rank,
#67 in South
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South http://www.uapb.edu
No Nat'l Rank,
#72 in South
Missouri Southern State University-Joplin Lion Pride Marching Band http://www.mssu.edu/academics/arts-sciences/music/performing-groups.php
No Nat'l Rank,
#72 Midwest
Eastern Michigan University Marching Band http://www.emich.edu/music/bands/EMUMB/index.html
No Nat'l Rank,
#80 in Midwest
North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC) Marching Sound Machine Band http://nccusmbc.tripod.com/index.html
No Nat'l Rank,
#88 in South
Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC) Pride of the Mountain Marching Band http://www.prideofthemountains.com
No Nat'l Ranking,
#37 in South
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawk Marching Band http://www.warhawkmarchingband.com
No Nat'l Ranking,
#49 Midwest
Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL) Marching Leathernecks "Westernaires" Color Guard
http://www.wiu.edu/cofac/bands/
No Nat'l Ranking,
#49 Midwest
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Marching Pioneers http://www.uwplatt.edu/org/marchingpioneers/directornote.html
No Nat'l Ranking,
#70 Midwest
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustang Band & Color Guard http://music.calpoly.edu/brochure/mband.html
No Natl'l Rank,
#6 in West
Central Michigan University Chippewa Marching Band http://141.209.36.10/about_the_school/ensembles/chippewa_marching_band/
Not Published
Clark Atlanta University Marching Mighty Panthers & Silver Breeze Color Guard http://www.clarkatlantabands.com
Not Published
Delaware State University "The Approaching Storm" Marching Band "Sweet 16" DSU Flag Team
http://www.angelfire.com/de/Dsuband/marchingband.html
Not Published
East Tennessee State University Marching Bucs Band
http://www.etsu.edu/cas/music/
Not Published
Fayetteville State University (NC) Marching Bronco Express http://www.uncfsu.edu/arts/ensembles
Not Published
Florida A&M University (Talahassee) Marching Band http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?a=marching100
Not Published
Florida International University Golden Panther Band http://bands.fiu.edu/index_Page331.htm
Not Published
Georgia Southern University Southern Pride Marching Band http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/music/PerformanceOpportunities/Bands/spride.php
Not Published
Idaho State University (Pocatello) Bengal Marching Band http://www.isu.edu/marchingband/
Not Published
Indiana State University Marching Sycamores Color Guard http://www.indstate.edu/music/ensembles/marchingsycamores.html
Not Published
Indiana University of Pennsylvania "The Legend" Marching Band & Color Guard http://www.iup.edu/music/legend/default.aspx
Not Published
Jackson State University (Jackson, MS) Sonic Boom of the South Marching Band http://sonicboomofthesouth.com
Not Published
Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners & Southerners Color Guard http://www.marchingsoutherners.org
Not Published
Kent State University Marching Golden Flashes http://dept.kent.edu/band/KSU_Bands/Home.html
Not Published
Kentucky State University Thorobred Band & Silkette Flag Corps
Not Published
Middle Tennessee State University Band of Blue http://www.mtsubands.com/athleticbands.html
Not Published
Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls, TX) Band http://finearts.mwsu.edu/music/band/index.asp
Not Published
Missouri Western State College (St. Joseph, MO) Griffon Marching Band http://www.missouriwestern.edu/Music/marchingband.asp
Not Published
Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD) Magnificent Marching Machine http://www.msuband.org
Not Published
North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro) Blue & Gold Marching Machine http://www.ncat.edu/student-affairs/student-services/marching-machine/index.html
Not Published
Northern Arizona University Lumberjack Marching Band http://www.symphonicwinds.nau.edu/pages/ensembles/marching_band/index.html
Not Published
Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, LA) Marching Band
http://demonband.nsula.edu
Not Published
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) Monarch Marching Band
Not Published
Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX) Bearkat Marching Band http://www.shsu.edu/~org_bmb/
Not Published
Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, LA) Band - "The Human Jukebox"http://www3.subr.edu/sumarchingband/
Not Published
Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX) Lumberjack Marching Band http://www.music.sfasu.edu/sites/lmb/
Not Published
Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands http://www.tnstate.edu/music/aristocrats.aspx
Not Published
Texas A&M University - Commerce Pride Marching Band
Not Published
Texas A&M University - Kingsville Javelina Marching Band http://www.tamukbands.com
Not Published
University of Akron (OH) Marching Band
http://www.uakron.edu
Not Published
University of Louisiana - Lafayette Pride of Acadiana Marching Band http://www.ulbands.com
Not Published
University of Memphis Mighty Sound of the South http://www.memphis.edu/music/ensembles_new/ensm_mss.php
Not Published
University of Nebraska-Omaha Marching Mavericks http://www.unomaha.edu/music/ensembles/marchingmavs.php
Not Published
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Marching Band
http://www.unlvrebels.com/trads/unlv-trads-band.html
Not Published
University of North Texas Green Brigade Marching Band http://music.unt.edu/about/ensembles/40
Not Published
University of South Alabama (Mobile) Jaguar Marching Band https://sites.google.com/site/usadepartmentofmusic/ensembles/jaguar-marching-band
Not Published
University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Marching Band http://www.usm.edu/music/bands
Not Published
University of Texas at San Antonio Marching Band
http://utsa.edu/bands/
Not Published
University of Texas-Arlington Marching Band http://www.uta.edu/music/ensembles/view.php?ensembles_listid=4&ensembles_catid=11
Not Published
University of Texas-El Paso Marching Miner Regiment http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=academics.utep.edu/marchingminers
Not Published
University of Toledo (OH) Rocket Marching Band http://www.utoledo.edu/bands/ourbands/marching/index.html
Not Published
Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) Warrior Marching Band http://www.wsuband.wayne.edu
Not Published
Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MO) Marching Musical Storm of the Midwest & Pure Silk Flag Corps
http://www.lincolnu.edu/web/band/band
Unranked
Morris Brown College (Atlanta, GA) Marching Wolverines
http://morrisbrown.tripod.com
Unranked
University of Hawai'I-Honolulu Rainbow Marching Band
http://www.uhbands.org
Unranked