Blue2 Winterguard '22-'23
For information of the 2022-2023 Blue2 Winterguard Season, please see this message from MHS Band Director Emma Angoli: Blue2 Winterguard 2022-2023 Updates & Information
What is Blue2 Winterguard?
Founded in 2016, Blue2 Indoor is an extracurricular WGI-style colorguard program. We 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.
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.
Blue2 Winterguard Requirements:
Students must currently be in grades 7-12.
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 email@example.com.
How Do I Register?
Visit our registration page to get started: Winterguard Registration