Color Guard

The color guard is a vital part of the Marching Spartans band field show and is a requirement for all marching band shows and competitions — all color guard members are full-fledged members of the marching band.  Color guard is a competitive performance ensemble utilizing elements of dance, choreography, guard equipment (flag, sabre, rifle), and drill to provide a visual interpretation of the music performed by the marching band in both field shows and parades.  The color guard is judged on its own merits, but also contributes to the overall success of the marching band.

The color guard members attend band camp in August at Broad Run High School, and perform at all home football games and at marching band competitions.  The competitions are always on Saturdays, mainly in the month of October.  Students should not plan any activities on competition days, as departure and performance times vary from week to week.  The overall schedule is posted at the beginning of the season, with the competition day’s schedule announced about one week in advance of each event. For more information about the marching band schedules, you may contact Director Bram Smith at 571-252-2303.  These weekly competitions prepare the performers for the annual state marching festival sponsored by the Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA).


Auditions for the color guard take place after the annual Eighth Grade Expo, usually in late April or early May.  While some background in dance is always helpful, NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.  We will teach you everything you need to know to become one of our amazing performers!

What it takes

Color guard requires a willingness to work hard, an interest in performing, a positive attitude, and the dedication and commitment to attend all camps, rehearsals, and practices that we rely on to make our routines spectacular!


Each guard member will pay a participation fee to be a part of the Marching Band and Color Guard.  The fee is set by the Band Boosters Association (BRHS BBA).  The fee generally includes instruction, uniforms, competition fees, and transportation to and from competitions.