Winter guard is basically color guard but performed inside, usually in a gym, during the winter or spring season. And instead of having the band, each team chooses it’s own music to perform to. They are judged on creativity, talent, and precision.
As someone who has marched a low brass and then switched to color guard, in the best band in our region of the country (not bragging just pointing out we have hard shows) I HATE IT when peopple say that color guard is not as hard as band. In all honesty, I think color guard was harder than marching trombone, but at the same time I know some instruments are harder to march than trombone such as bari sax, and tuba, but there are people like trumpet, al clarinet players that say we have it so easy. Given our color guard does way harder work than most guards do, color guard is still not easy, and deserve wayyyy more credit than the band gives us.
And when a judge bashes the colorguard, its not the biggest deal. Like, color guard has 6 foot poles with HUGE color silks attached, its easier to tell even the SLIGHTEST mistake. Where as with the "band" you can cover it up a lot of the time.
And people don't consider us a part of the band? They bash us more than anyone? Not even cool. Just, show them a little bit of respect because idk about your band but our colorguard has sectionals a month before the rest of the band even starts practice.
Sorry for the rant, just felt like clarfying.
And ps I still play trombone in concert band, I'm not a total traitor :P
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aOCFoMgq80 ; this was last year. it was called ”a day at the races” liked the show, and those horses were the biggest pain in the rear end (i was in guard) they were plywood, heavy, and hard to control.