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Winter Guard Units from AHS and CHS Excel in Competition

AHS Colorguard The Abilene High School Winter Guard, comprised of color guard students from the AHS marching band, competed in the Novice class at four competitions in the North Texas circuit of Color Guard International.

Results include a 3rd place finish at the Alvarado High School contest on Feb. 4, a 3rd place at the Feb. 17 contest at Rockwall Heath High School, and a 2nd place at the Denton Guyer High School competition on March 3.

The group did so well this season, they were moved into the next higher division known as the Regional AA classification. AHS finished in 3rd place in this classification at the North Texas Color Guard Association Championships on March 25 at Marcus High School in Flower Mound. There show, entitled “On the Scene,” featured electro-swing music by the group Caravan Palace.

Ms. Brittany Tawater leads the Winter Guard and teaches band at Abilene High School.

CHS Colorguard Mrs. Rebecca Mathis teaches band and color guard at Cooper High School and has worked with the marching band for several years. The CHS Winter Guard competed at four contests this spring in the Regional A classification, also in the North Texas Color Guard Association. On Jan.21, the group earned a Division 1 rating, placed 3rd in Movement and General Effect, and finished in 4th place overall at the Arlington Martin High School competition. At the Feb. 18 contest at Chisholm Trail High School in Fort Worth, Cooper earned a Division 1 rating, placed 1st in the Movement caption and finished 4th place overall. The group competed at Arlington Bowie High School contest on March 4 coming away with a Division 1 rating, 3rd place in the Movement caption, 2nd place in the Design caption, and finished 4th place overall.

The final contest, the NTCA championships, was held at Flower Mound Marcus on March 25. Cooper earned a Division 1 rating, captured 2nd place in the Regional A Division, and finished with the overall high score in Class 5A. Over 90 schools competed at the NTCA championships this year.