What is Color Guard?

Color Guard is a combination of the use of flags, rifles, sabres, and movement to enhance the visual aspect of a show. Color Guards perform with marching bands, drum corps, and compete as a guard-only ensemble during the winter.

The Princeton Marching Tiger’s Color Guard participates in two competitive seasons: Marching Band and Winter Guard! The marching band season starts with Auditions and ends in November. Most of our basic flag, weapon and dance training takes place during this season. We will also learn choreography for a ten-minute show that will be performed during halftime at football games and marching band competitions. The guard performs alongside the marching band and provides a large portion of the visual aspect of the show.

After marching band we begin our winter guard season, which concludes in the spring. The winter guard performs in gyms and areas to recorded soundtracks. Winter Guard demands more of the performers, as they are the main focus of the show. Because of that increased demand, members continue to fine tune their technique as well as develop more complex spinning and dancing skills.