Part of the Marching Unit and an Independent Winter Performing Group
Fall & Winter Guard
Color Guard performers participate in competitive groups throughout the school year. In the fall, Color Guard is the auxiliary that accompanies the Marching Band in Western Band Association (WBA) field performance and adds to the overall visual effect. The Color Guard interprets the music that the Marching Band is playing via the synchronized spinning of flags, sabres, rifles. or other pieces of equipment, and through dance. The Color Guard uses different colors and styles or flags to enhance the visual effect or the Marching Band as a whole. Visit the Marching Band & Color Guard page for details on their season.
When Color Guard competes indoors on gym floors and the traditional marching band music is replaced with a recording of music; this is known as Winter Guard. They move their performances indoors on gymnasium floors and the traditional marching band music is replaced with a recording of music, and this is known as Winter Guard. The performers may compete barefoot, but wearing jazz shoes or modern dance shoes is common practice. The gymnasium floor typically is covered by an individually designed tarp (called a floor by performers). Guards compete against other teams based on experience level and size.
Mission Viejo Winter Guard competes in the Scholastic Open Guard division of the Winter Guard International (WGI) circuit and the West Coast Winter Guard (WCWG) circuit. They perform at various local contests as well as circuit championships, and may travel to regional competitions including the WGI West Power Regionals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winter Guard has also participated in the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. They have competed against schools who have attained a high level of achievement in their regional contests and have earned a spot at Nationals and the World Championships.