FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why should I join the Mustang Guard?
Like any other extra-curricular activity, performing with the Color Guard requires hard work and dedication. Practicing and performing with the guard teaches students the valuable life skills of accountability, determined and persistent work toward a common goal, and high-level team work. But most of all, it's fun!
Members of the Mustang Guard form friendships which last a lifetime. They become part of a tightly-knit group who look out for one another throughout their time in high school. They also develop a passion for performing which drives their work ethic to continually push them to be better.
Who can join the Mustang Guard?
Any student from freshman to senior, who has an interest in dance, performance, and a positive, life-changing teamwork experience! Guard is a co-ed program, open to all grade levels, with no prior dance or performing experience required.
How do I join the Mustang Guard?
Interested students are invited to take part in our Audition Clinics which will introduce perspective members to the Mustang Guard experience.
Our Middle School Spirit Guard offers a more in-depth preparation for the high school color guard. The Middle School Spirit Guard rehearses weekly during the winter months to learn skills and prepare for winter performances. Information for the Middle School Spirit Guard will be distributed at the middle schools in the late fall and posted on our website.
When does the guard practice and perform?
During the summer and fall, the Mustang Guard follows virtually the same schedule as the marching band, as it is part of the marching band's fall production. The band and Color Guard perform at Grapevine HS Varsity football games, and at marching band contest shows held in various places throughout the state.
During the winter and spring months the guard follows its own rehearsal and performance schedule, and competes at designated Winter Guard competitions generally held in North Texas but sometimes reaching as far as Houston, Austin, or San Antonio.
(Currently, guard class is scheduled 1st period in the fall and then 2nd period in the spring.)
How much does it cost to join?
Membership dues for guard fall under a special category in the band program. The fee covers all instruction and production expenses for the entire school year (fall+spring), which is the standard membership expectation as a year-long commitment. New members joining the program late or less than a complete year are still subject to the full guard membership fee. Several fundraising opportunities are given to assist families in covering dues. Financial assistance is available to those who request and qualify.
Additional expenses for a guard member will be uniform accessories, most of which are only purchased once. Lastly, personal items required for rehearsal may include hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, fanny pack, knee pads, & proper athletic shoes.
What if I play an instrument in the band?
Double reed instruments (oboe, bassoon) are welcome to join the color guard during the fall marching band season as these instruments are not part of the on-field marching band program. As color guard is a yearly commitment, these members are expected to continue on to the winter guard portion of the year in the spring semester.
Where can I find out more information about Color Guard?
Visit other areas of our website, and check back monthly for flyers on upcoming events. You may also contact Mr. Draper at firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.