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Color Guard

"Color Guard is a combination of the use of flags, sabers, mock rifles, and other equipment, as well as dance and other interpretive movement." - Definition courtesy of WGI


Color Guard vs Winter Guard

Winter Guard is the competitive sport of the arts performed indoors and to a pre-recorded soundtrack. Unlike marching Color Guard, Winter Guard's don't coincide with a band or corps. 

While Color Guard is typically accompanied by a marching band or corps, the term also commonly refers to the guard activity as a whole. 


Indoor Competitive Divisions/Classes (

All WGI contests provide two divisions of competition:

Scholastic – units whose membership comes from the SAME High School or a school that feeds to that particular High School.
Independent – units whose members are not necessarily associated with a particular school.


The units are then further divided into classes:

  • A Class – Beginning programs and performers.

  • Open Class – The intermediate developmental level of performers.

  • World Class – The most advanced programs and performers.

What is Winter Guard International (WGI)? 

"WGI Sport of the Arts is the world’s premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion, and winds competitions.  As a non-profit youth organization, WGI also serves as the governing body for the indoor color guard, percussion, and winds activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format." - 

How You Can Support The Activity


  • Find local circuits with competitions near you

  • WGI Regionals and Finals

  • Watch past performances online

-Get Involved- 

  • Attend organizations' summer clinics

  • Purchase merchandise from teams

  • Donate

  • Follow their socials

  • Share, tell your friends about the activity

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