Summer Rehearsals

What are we preparing for? Performances at the SDSU Aztec Football games!

Our game day festivities start with Warrior Walk and end with an encore performance for our alumni outside of the SDCCU Stadium. Our Aztecs' home stadium, formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium or Jack Murphy Stadium, seats up to 70,000 fans. With three tiers of seats and lights that illuminate the field, performances can be intimidating. To better prepare ourselves, we will join the band for one rehearsal in the stadium; rookies visualize the depth and height of the stands from a performer's view, and vets reminisce on the excitement in performing in front of thousands of people.

Photo Courtesy of Chuk Gawlik

Photo Courtesy of Chuk Gawlik

We have already rehearsed for over 72 hours in the last 9 weeks, but our work is far from finished. Starting this Monday, we begin our color guard and band camp, which totals to another 90 hours of reviewing, rehearsing, and refining our routines. 

But this camp will not revolve around technique and choreography completely. As Coach Michele always says, "We want you to become better performers in this guard but an even better person afterwards." Several San Diego State University departments will hold workshops for us, from exploring our resources like the Women's Center to better managing our stress levels from Counseling and Psychology Services. 

Lauren, a 3rd year vet and captain for fall season, says that she's most excited for "bringing everything together" from the first rehearsal to our first performance. With all of our time during camps, we will be ready to perform! Join us on September 8th for the Aztecs' first home game and the annual KGB Skyshow!

Winter Guard

"Okay, let's set up for a full run."

The Aztec Winter Guard gathers in the center of the floor, ready for a final pep talk from the captains. They remind us about our commitment to our teammates, the staff and the rest of this season. Each of us place a hand in the center of our circle. After the captains simultaneously yell, "Aztec State of Mind," we call out, "One team, one dream" and set the floor. Our six minutes of performance pales in comparison to the hours we spent learning and detailing our show.

During January's 10-day camp, we committed over 90+ hours to learn drill, choreography, and everything needed for a full show. The long days required lots of energy and enthusiasm, and to help with that, we dressed for the following spirit days:

  • SDSU Day
  • Decades Day
  • Onesie and Animal Day
  • Twin Day
  • Old Uniform Day

We will perform at WCWG's competition on February 10 at Murrieta Mesa High School, and we are thrilled to debut our show in the Open division. Because we compete in WGASC and WGI too, there will be plenty of opportunities to see our show! 

Here's to the last day of camp!

Here's to the last day of camp!