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The competitive marching band and color guard perform their competitive show at the District Marching Band Showcase on Sept. 24.

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MESMERIZED. Many band students are possessed by the lead of the flag team.

MESMERIZED. Many band students are possessed by the lead of the flag team.

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MESMERIZED. Many band students are possessed by the lead of the flag team.

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READY. Junior Riley England smiles into the crowd at the beginning of the band showcase on Sept. 24. The district band showcase is for all schools to perform their routine in front of an audience before their competition season.

One world, one team, one family, that is the theme of this year’s show for Competitive Marching Band. The team, consisting of the marching band and the color guard, performs at competitions across Kansas and the Midwest. Color guard is known for their bold costumes and fierce performances, but this season, they are taking their show to a new level.

Iridescent flags and eye-catching choreography added new visual elements to the show.  Directors Roman Garcia and Kate Anthony returned to instruct the group.Anthony, the team director, has been working with the group for six years. Her job includes writing practice drills and directing choreography.  It also involves movement and equipment, scheduling and all of the behind the scenes set-up.

“I’ve taught color guard [since] forever,” Anthony said. “It’s always been a creative outlet for me.”

When Anthony was in high school, she was a part of the Husker Band and a member of the winter guard at Lafayette County C-1 High School in Missouri. She knew that she liked both winter and color guard and always had the thought of joining in the back of her mind. She joined the color guard team her sophomore year of college and never looked back. Now she is directing her own color guard team.

“For me, I think as an instructor [what] I like the most is how much confidence it gives these kids,” Anthony said. “We get kids that are introverts, kids that are extroverts naturally, and just watching the introverts come out of their shells a little bit [to] be involved with kids that they may not otherwise be with.”

Most members of the color guard start on the team freshman year. As there was no minimum age at the time, sophomore Maria Kershaw started on the team when she was in sixth grade.

“I joined because my sister was in eighth grade and [the guard was] accepting eighth graders, but she didn’t want to go by herself,” Kershaw said. “So she brought me along with her and I ended up being able to get on the team.”

Because of the precision required, every member of the team is encouraged to form genuine bonds with each other and work hard to reach their collective goals.

“I love being a part of something bigger than me,” junior Riley England said. “All 29 of us join together to compete, and there’s a certain standard and drive to meet the team’s goals.”

This year the team’s goal is to make it to the finals at Bands of America Super Regional in St. Louis, Mo. Last year, the team barely missed the cut-off for finals.

“It’s been several years since the band has been able to do that and it’s a very, very large contest, they’ve added a bunch of really good bands this year,” Anthony said “It’s not going to be easy, but that is definitely our goal, and last year we only missed it by .15 of a point.”

The color guard was instrumental in the competitive band’s win at the Kansas Bandmasters Association State Championships with their unique choreography and flag routines on Oct. 20 in Topeka, Kan. The last competition of the season was in St. Louis, Mo. on Oct. 27. Of the 74 bands, 14 performed in Finals. Although, they did not qualify, the band and color guard took another step toward competitive marching band excellence.

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TWIRL. Junior Jillian Dunlay catches her flag during their performance of “One World” on Sept. 24.

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FLAGS. Sophomore Maria Kershaw runs to her place holding her flag during the routine.

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LEAN. A group of students play their tubas and dance during their performance.

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MESMERIZED. Band students are possessed by leader, junior Jack Legate.

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EMOTION. Sophomore Lauren Sinclair shows great facial expressions during her flag team performance.

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FOCUS. Junior Sophie Bowerstock plays her musical instrument and focuses on the beat of the music.

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SEEING DOUBLE. Junior Justin Pfeiff and Mac MacArthur play the saxophone next to each other during the district showcase on Sept. 24.

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IN SYNC. Sophomore Rayyan Abid starts the performance by playing the marimba at the District Marching Band Showcase on Sept. 24.

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THE TRIO. Three students play their flutes together in a solo during the marching band showcase on September 24.

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ALL IN. Legate goes all in dancing in the District Marching Band Showcase.

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STANCE. Freshman Emily Ash is in a stance in the District Marching Bank Showcase on Sept. 24.

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GRASP. Junior Gracie Rishmany grasps every moment in the District Marching Band Showcase on September 24.

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SERIOUS. Rishmany performs with all seriousness in the District Marching Band Showcase on September 24.

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INTENSE. Freshman Jade Cale flips her flag during the District marching Band Showcase on September 24.

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PLAYING TUNES. Junior Colby MacArthur and freshman Adia Stone play clarinet side by side at the District Marching Bad Showcase at the Switzer District Athletic Complex.

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REACH. Sophomore Andrea Rengifo reaches for the stars.

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MOVES. Senior Chelsea Park moves through each step of the performance at the District Marching Band Showcase on September 24.

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CONDUCT. Senior Kelly Bushouse conducts each student through the performance at the District Marching Band Showcase on Sept. 24.

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GETTING PREPARED. Freshman Ethan Bean sets up his cymbals right before the band performs.

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