Winter Guard Season Underway

The Johnstown Winter Guard will host their 19th annual Winter Guard Competition at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, in the Johnstown High School gymnasium.  Tickets will be available at the door;  $6 general admission or $5 for students and seniors. The gym doors will open at 3:15 p.m., the National Anthem will be performed at 4 p.m.

For 2015, Johnstown’s varsity performance is titled “I’m in Here.” The troupe portrays genies trapped inside a lamp for hundreds of years, with hopes of someone freeing them from their magical prison. The soundtrack includes “Persian Chant” by Tehereh, and “I’m in Here” by Sia Furler.

Johnstown’s varsity guard took first place in competition at Shenendehowa High School on Saturday January 24. On February 28, they placed second in their preliminary round and first in equipment at the WGI Regional in South Brunswick, NJ. They placed fourth overall in finals out of 20 Scholastic A Schools.

The varsity guard will head to West Long Branch, NJ for The Eastern States WGI Regional Championship March 20-22. Both jv and varsity will compete in the MYCGC NYS Championships in East Syracuse Minoa on March 28. Varsity will then compete at the NECGC NYS Championships at SUNY Brockport on April 12, before traveling to the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio April 14-18.

The Greater Johnstown High School Winter Guard program is run by Director Christine VanValkenburgh and Assistant Director Travis Munson, with help from Rick Subel, Kevin McLoud, Alexis Randolph, Marissa Fariello, Shaun Edwards, Kyle Pasquariello Sara Randolph, Rob Putman, Carissa Obrien, Erin Glover, Breanna VanValkenburgh, Daniel Smith, Robin Kane and Mike VanValkenburgh.

Johnstown’s varsity guard competes in the Scholastic A class in the Mid-York and Northest Color Guard Circuits. They were WGI World Championships WGI Scholastic A Color Guard finalists in both 2013 & 2014; NYS MYCGC Gold Medalists in 2012, 2013 & 2014; Salem, MA and West Long Branch Eastern States Bronze Medalists in 2014;  NYS NECGC Silver Medalists in 2013; Rochester and WGI Eastern States Championships Silver Medalists in 2013; Salem, MA Regional Gold Medalists in 2012; and MYCGC New York State Silver Medalists in 2011.

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