Winterguard is both a performance and a competition sport. Similar to the Color Guard, which performs with the marching band in the fall, the winter guard utilizes aspects of dance, theater, and equipment work to portray a piece of music. The Winterguard, however, performs their show indoors typically in a gymnasium or arena to recorded music, without the presence of a band.
Winterguards often use decorated, possibly elaborate props and backdrops as well as a large floor covering that is usually painted to further enhance their show. The winter guard practices from November through April with competitions beginning in January.
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