The Venice color guard team is a program that has been around for two years and is led by Coach Zee with music director Mr. David Lee. They march with the band and perform their own choreographies with flags, rifles and sabres.
This year, Coach Zee has been the coach for color guard for the last six months. She has previously worked with color guard at other schools for about four years. The girls are expected to be good at multitasking and mastering very technical routines.
“You have to worry if the flag is straight or if your dance move is on point,” said Coach Zee. “I feel like a lot of people misinterpret it and honestly I feel like people should take the time and understand what color guard is rather than thinking that it’s just a geeky thing.”
“People don’t really realize [what’s involved] because it looks like we’re just waving the flag, but there’s counts and it’s a lot of dancing,” said color guard member Alaina Fairley-Moore.
The purpose of color guard is to add color and synchronize to the band’s performance. They practice on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m and perform every Friday during halftime at Venice football games.
“I went to the Homecoming game last year and I saw them and I thought this was really cool,” said senior Antonia Frangiyyeh, who is now a member of the color guard.
There is also winter guard where they perform routines with rifles, flags and sabres, but without the band. If you would like to be a part of the winter guard team, be sure to see Mr. Lee in Rm. 3 to ask any questions.
“It’s really fun, like, I love being part of the team because they’re all so nice and great,” said color guard member Kayla Calhoun.