At the end of last year Charlotte Hewlett, who has been a member of WGUK units Pride of Bristol, Pegasus and most recently Kidsgrove Scouts, auditioned for membership of the 2022 Blessed Sacrament Colorguard from Cambridge, MA, USA and was offered a position in their Open Class unit.
Whilst a number of full UK units have travelled to take part at the Winter Guard International World Championships very few individuals have made the trip across the Atlantic be part of a US organisation so we asked Charlotte if she could give us a little insight into the process and her experience.
This is her story and on behalf of us all at WGUK we wish Charlotte every success in this adventure.
Since I can remember, I’ve been dreaming of the opportunity to perform in the U.S, and during my gap year I thought it would be the perfect time to audition!
I reached out to the wonderful team at Blessed Sacrament and proposed the idea of being a part of the 2022 competing season. They were thrilled at the idea and asked me to put together an audition!
After being offered a position in the Open colourguard, I sorted the logistics with travel, and I was able to go and meet everyone before getting to the flow of the competition season! When I arrived at Boston airport, I was picked up by Peg Gallagher and I immediately felt at home The day after, I attended my first practice in Forestdale High School, and everyone made me feel extremely welcome. I knew Blessed Sac were one of the oldest and most respected guards in America, so it was a thrill and an honour to be rehearsing with these people. It was such a surreal feeling and I already feel a part of the Sac family despite only having met the guard members in one weekend.
My return to the UK was delayed because of a brush with COVID, but after isolating and a negative test, I was soon on the plane to Bristol. Now after the Christmas break I’m getting ready to head back to Massachusetts.
Even though I have only just started on this crazy journey, it is something that I would strongly encourage any individual competing in a colourguard circuit! I am so honoured to be a part of this family, and it is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.