What is Blue2 Winterguard?

 

Founded in 2016, Blue2 Indoor is an extracurricular WGI-style colorguard program. We compete in the Midwest Colorguard Circuit and also perform regularly at school & local events in Mukwonago. This ensemble also serves to help prepare students for the High School Marching Band and to act as an ambassador organization for the Mukwonago Band Program.

What is "WGI" you ask? WGI stands for "Winter Guard International," the governing body for competitive indoor colorguard units. WGI is often referred to as the "Sport of the Arts" as it combines the precision, athleticism and energy of drum corps & marching band with the intimacy of other visual art forms such as dance and stage drama. 

 

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Eduational Benefits to Students 

 

"What will my student get out of participating in a winter colorguard ensemble?"

Information from WGI.org

In addition to the substantial improvement in their ability to perform as a colorguard member, students will also learn numerous life skills that can only be learned by participating with other students in a team activity.

A team-oriented activity​ such as Blue2 Winterguard provides students with experiences that help mold their future. Each student gets to experience a 'community' of their peers, all focused on a positive common goal. Through performance, they will learn the art of communication, that competition is a means to set new standards & goals (and to learn to push to reach and surpass those goals), and to respect their competitive peers and grow from that experience. The hard work will also teach them about commitment and about how to persevere & cope with tough tasks or situations that don't always seem fair.  Most importantly, this helps a student build confidence.

Students also benefit physically from the training & demands placed on them during rehearsal, building strength, endurance, and flexibility. They will develop creative problem solving skills as well as patience, and how to be make adjustments in the pursuit of their performance objectives.

Lastly, students develop a better sense of artistry. The rhythmic and dynamic challenges placed on them turns them into visual musicians as they illustrate the sound of the show through body and equipment. As they learn their music and visual choreography, students broaden their aesthetic reality through diverse program and performance situations.

About Blue2 Winterguard

 

Students in our Winterguard program will be taught fundamentals in a variety of skill areas including body awareness, dance, spinning flags, rifles, sabers, & more. Each season, the ensemble performs a complete visual performance choreographed with pre-recorded music.

 

While we do out best to give each student the opportunity experience as many aspects of the activity as possible, not all students 
 

  • Ability Level/Likelyhood of Success with a given piece of equipment
     

  • Age/Experience: we are careful not to overwhelm less-experienced students with too much content.
     

  • Student's Preference

Participation Requirements

 

Blue2 Winterguard Requirements: ​

  • Only students enrolled in the Mukwonago Area School District (Face to Face or Fully Virtual) will be allowed to participate in Blue2 this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • No private school students, EVEN THOSE WHO PREVIOUSLY PARTICIPATED, will be allowed to join this season.

    • No out of district students, EVEN THOSE WHO PREVIOUSLY PARTICIPATED, will be allowed to join this season.

  • All Blue2 ensembles will only be open to students in 7th-12th grade. 
    MASD students who participated in Blue2 last year as 5th grade members may participate again this year as 6th grade members. No new 5th or 6th grade students will be accepted into the ensemble.

  • All students are welcome to join Blue2 Winterguard, regardless of experience level. There is no curricular music requirement, though band, orchestra, choir, or previous dance experience is helpful!

Additionally, all MHS students participating will be held to the MHS Athletic/Activity Code of Conduct, including the random drug test policy.

If you have more questions on whether your student can participate, please contact Casey Kotowski at blue2winterguard@gmail.com.

Rehearsal Structure

 

Blue2 Indoor typically rehearses (or performs) 2-3 Saturdays per month. Performances are most commonly on Saturdays or Sundays, though occasionally fall on other days depending on the venue hosting the performance. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, all performances for the 2020-2021 season will take place locally in Mukwonago.

Saturday Rehearsal Schedule

~9:50am: Set-Up
10:00am-12:30pm: Rehearse

12:30pm-1:00pm: Lunch Break

1:00pm-6:00pm: Rehearse

Clean Up, finished approx. 6:15pm

For our complete rehearsal & performance schedule, visit our Schedule/Calendar page.

Membership Dues

For a breakdown of membership dues, please visit our registration page. (see below)

How Do I Register?

 

Visit our registration page to get started: Winterguard Registration

 

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