Color Guard

Color Guard

Color Guard/Winter Guard Calendar

What is Color Guard?

The Color Guard is a section of the Marching Band that uses flags, rifles, and sabres along with dance to visualize the music played by the band. In marching band competitions, the guard is an essential component of the band and their performance is influential in the overall score.

In August, Fall Color Guard members attend band camp at Orkney Springs, VA with the marching band for an entire week. The camp at Orkney is a wonderful bonding experience where you will make life-long friends as you learn to perform with the marching band!

During the Fall Season, as a member of the Color Guard, you will perform with the band at half time during home football games, travel with the band to away games and competitions on Saturdays.

What is Winter Guard?

Winter Guard is an indoor sport in which the guard performs to pre-recorded music during competitions.

Winter Guard starts after the Fall Marching season is over in November. Practices for Winter Guard begin around mid November. The first competition is in February and the last one is in April.

Color Guard and Winter Guard are open to all students in Oakton High School! While some guard members are part of the regular band program, enrollment in the music/band program is not required for participation in the Color Guard or Winter Guard.

Who can join?

It is a great opportunity to participate in representing Oakton High School, to grow as individuals and team members, to learn performance skills, and to build self-confidence and self-esteem. College admissions officers are well aware of the hard work and dedication required to succeed as a member of Color Guard or Winter Guard and your participation in Guard will greatly enhance your college applications. Many colleges have a Color Guard or Winter Guard and it can be a distinguishing factor in your application.

Why join Color Guard/Winter Guard?

No, you don’t need previous performance, dance, or other experience. The Guard coach will teach you everything you need to know.

Do I need previous experience?

For additional questions, please contact Miles Strebeck at