Winter Guard Recap

"The scores are up!"

For a split second, everyone in the van shared the same thought: Did we make it? Instantly we pulled out our phones, hoping our performance pushed us into WGI's Independent A Finals. The moments of silent calculating were cut short by three powerful words -- We made it. Screaming erupted from our van and surely into the other van; we could see our other teammates in the car hugging each other. We cried tears of joy and called home to tell our families that all of our hard work, early mornings, and late evenings resulted in this bliss. 

The Aztec Winter Guard, for the first time in the team's history, celebrated the 10 year anniversary by making it to WGI's Independent A Finals. 

Some on the team have competed in Dayton prior to this year; for others, it was the first time competing in Dayton, Ohio or even in WGI. All of us, however, knew our Finals performance was one for the memories. We made our way down Nutter Center's stairs, plungers in hand, to stand with the rest of the Independent A Finalists for full retreat. The lights went out, and the cheering escalated. As we stepped out from the black curtain, each team's staff, parents, and supporters waved from their seats. We congratulated the scholarship recipients, other finalists, and lastly, ourselves. While the performers are the face of the Aztec Winter Guard, our coaches and clinicians, families and friends, and everyone in between contributed to our monumental season. And to that, we thank you.

Camps are coming!

We hope everyone is having a great summer so far!

Our team has been involved in a number of events the past couple weeks, and we’ve had so much fun being involved in the community.

The SDSU color guard invited friends and family to perform with us in the San Diego Pride Parade. Our flag and pom lines marched with the SDSU student body, the Aztec Diamonds, and President Hirshman. A big thank you to all that joined us!

The color guard also participated in So You Think You Can Dance’s National Dance Day. The team learned the dance routine and made a video to send in to the company. We had a blast! Check it out on our Vlog on YouTube.


Marching season has begun!

Guard camp starts Monday, August 15th and runs through Friday, August 19th from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Band camp starts the week after, running from August 22nd through the 26th, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

If you still wish to join the team, it’s not too late! We will be accepting new members until the first day of classes at SDSU. For information, please contact our coach:

Michele Mignogna

(858) 472-2715

mwhalley@mail.sdsu.edu

Are you ready for Fall 2017? Some tips and tricks to survive the camps will be listed below!

  • Sunscreen is you best friend. Choose a high SPF, waterproof variety (the spray type is easier & faster to reapply on breaks)
  • Wearing a hat will protect your face & your scalp! No one wants a sunburn on the top of their head
  • Wear running shoes! Vans or converse are NOT recommend
  • Invest in a large water bottle
  • Bring a small rag—you can wet it with cold water to keep your neck cool
  • Sunglasses. Bring a pair (or two), equipment is hard to against the sun
  • Gloves! Weapon line, your hands will thank you
  • Appropriate clothing. Tank tops, sports bras, and shorts are highly recommended
  • Don’t forget your dotbooks! Get a keychain or a lanyard if you need it. You can layer clear boxing tape over it to “laminate” it. Don’t crumple it up in your sweaty clothing or you’ll lose it forever
  • Tape! Especially white, black, and red
  • Make sure you eat a healthy breakfast before practice! Treat your bodies nicely; you’ll be working hard and you want to take care of yourself! Bring light snacks such as fruits, veggies, and granola bars. You don’t want anything ti melt or spike your sugar levels
  • Drink water throughout the day, not just at practice. Drink a glass of water before you go to bed the night before, and a few glasses of water before your breakfast to prepare for the day! You need a lot more than you think you do

Good luck, and have fun!