Color Guard delivers historic performance at WGI

“The girls have handled themselves so well and have done a wonderful job representing the program, school, and community on and off the performance floor. I couldn’t ask for anything more from them. They’re an incredible group.” -Marissa Barzee, Color Guard Coach

Kayla Melissinas; Images by Koda Maskill

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Color Guard, a fall sport that works with the band to create a big show, recently made school history by placing 6th at Winter Guard World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. Senior Aubrie Clarke’s favorite part of Color Guard is the reaction of the audience, the motivation and the confidence it gives them.

“I love the audience– cheering, the clapping, the standing ovation. The team’s hard work gets recognized, and it gives you confidence and motivation to keep going,” Clarke said.

The team advanced to the finals after scoring a 92.335 and winning its preliminary round. Clarke noted that her coaches Lindsey Vento and Marissa Barzee pushed the girls not only in recent weeks for this performance but have had high expectations of the group for the whole season.

“They’re great, and they’re really motivating and always push us to be better for the team,” Clarke said.

Varsity was undefeated this season, sweeping all of their local competitions.

“It’s humbling, and I’m grateful for that; we’ve worked really hard to get to where we are,” Clarke said.

For sophomore Zoey DeCapria, originally from Iowa and participating for her first season at BSHS, this year has been different from her previous experience.

“It’s much more intense here at BSHS, but we get way more payoffs, like awards, applause, stuff like that,” DeCapria said.

Coach Barzee noted that Color Guard faced some problems this season but persevered and got ahead of them. Barzee credited the team’s stamina and persistence for their success.

“This year’s JV and varsity teams have a lot of grit. They’ve faced multiple snow days which have impacted their rehearsal schedule, they’ve dealt with injuries, they’ve been battling cold and flu bugs all season,” Barzee said. “Through everything the girls have proven that no obstacle is going to prevent them from having a successful season. Besides that, they’re just such a fun and talented group to be around and I love it,” she added.

Varsity Color Guard also won two Winter Guard International (WGI) Regionals as well as being undefeated in the local circuit, and Barzee had nothing but praise for the group.

“The girls have handled themselves so well and have done a wonderful job representing the program, school, and community on and off the performance floor. I couldn’t ask for anything more from them. They’re an incredible group,” Barzee said.

Barzee’s favorite thing about coaching Color Guard is watching them grow and seeing them after performing.

“There are two things I love most about teaching. The first is the growth I get to witness. For instance, many of this year’s seniors started in the program in middle school. Reminiscing on where they started to where they are now as individuals, spinners, dancers, and performers is inspiring,” Barzee said. “My other favorite is watching the girls light up with excitement and joy after a performance,” she added.