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Color guards can be found in most American colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, and independent drum corps.

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Introduction

´╗┐Samantha Gonzalez Band p. 6 History of Color guard Modern color guard has grown over the years into a form of entertainment that?s a type of dance theater. A color guard is usually the visual representation of the music. Modern color guards use flags, sabres, rifles, batons, swing flags, air blades, and a few other pieces of equipment, as well as a mix of ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary modern dance. Color guard first began during the English reign around the time of the American Revolution. ...read more.

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Pioneers from these corps traveled to other areas of the country to teach, introducing color guards to more traditional bands. The band directors at the University of Memphis, Dr. Tom Ferguson and Art Theil, recruited music major Sam Shaw to start one of the first university color guards in the South, the "Bengal Lancers" in 1975. As a result, color guards spread quickly throughout the Mid-south. Color guards continued to sprout up throughout our country. The visual effect of spinning and shaking flags drew the attention of crowds and quickly became popular. ...read more.

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The popularity of color guard has grown so much that winter guard, formed in 1977, has gained widespread membership and attention. Color guards can be found in most American colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, and independent drum corps. Members of most color guard teams march along with their fellow marching band members. Today the guard uses choreography and equipment for added visual appeal during a marching band show. Usually marching bands and color guards perform during football games at halftime, out of tradition. During a competition the guard adds to the overall score of the band, but is also judged in its own category. ...read more.

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