What is Winterguard?
Winterguard is a competitive activity organised in the UK by the charity Marching & Performing Arts United Kingdom (http://www.mpauk.org.uk).
The first British Championships was held in 1980 under the banner of Drum Corps United Kingdom (DCUK) Winterguard. After the 2000 contest season the activity was renamed to Winterguard United Kingdom (WGUK) and its own
separate Management Board was created.
In this element of the activity groups of young people perform shows combining dance and group manoeuvring
with the use of flags and other hand held equipment all performed
to pre-recorded music. Its something that sits alongside but between
majorettes, twirlers and rhythmic gymnastics and has to be seen
to be believed!
Groups are divided for competitive purposes into 4 classes covering
standards from novice to expert. Competitions are held from January
to the end of March/early April in sports halls and leisure centres throughout
the UK. In the past a Winterguard circuit was run in conjunction
with The Irish Marching Band Association with shows held in Dublin,
Ireland and for a number of years we have
worked very closely with our friends in Holland from Color Guard
Netherlands with internationally
sanctioned events being held alternately between our two countries.
The Winterguard season reaches its climax with The British Colour
Guard Championships which early April each year. Details of this event will appear under the
The rules for Winterguard are pretty straight forward and this
is an activity which can be put on the road at limited
cost giving groups the chance to have a great deal of fun and the
sense of achievement that teamwork can bring. Planning for each
season is always ongoing and enquiries about membership would
be welcome at any time.
If you have a colour guard, pom pom or majorette troop and are
looking for something to do during the long winter months then this
could be for you and you can take part in as much or as little of the season as you wish.
If youre interested in knowing more about this activity please
contact WGUK - firstname.lastname@example.org