OSWEGO – The Oswego High School winter guard program will kick off its 2015 competitive season at Mexico High School on January 31.
The junior varsity guard, competing in the Scholastic Regional A class of the Mid-York Color Guard Circuit, will perform their 2015 program “British Invasion,” which features the music of The Beatles and One Direction.
The varsity guard, competing in the Scholastic A-1 division, will perform their 2015 program “For the Lives Not Finished” featuring the music of Max Ricter and the voice recordings of all nine members of the group.
Both winter guards have been rehearsing since the first week of December.
On February 7, the varsity winter guard will travel to Corning to participate in the Winter Guard International regional competition. Oswego will compete against some the finest programs in the North East. Last season, the guard scored well enough during the preliminary competition to make it to the finals competition. It was their first finals performance in a WGI contest.
The 2015 Snowflake Spectacular will take place on March 7 at Leighton Elementary. Fifteen guards, including both Oswego groups, will participate in the largest home show in the history of the event.
The show will begin at 5 p.m. and admission is $6 per person.
The varsity and junior varsity winter guards will also be competing in local competitions at Liverpool, East Syracuse – Minoa, Cicero – North Syracuse, and the Mid-York Color Guard Circuit Championships.
Members of the 2015 junior varsity winter guard include Victoria Abbott, Crystal Brooks, Hailey Caruso, Julia Choate, Emmalee French, Madison Jones, Abby McPherson, Britney Merrill, Alainna Mulvihill, Jordyn Sanders and Emily Young.
The staff includes show designer Gina Bartholomew, Carly Hewitt, Jacqueline Hondro and assistant director Tori Sivers.
Members of the 2015 varsity winter guard include Abigayle Christian, Jillian Dowdle, Cierra Dunning, Chloe Patterson, Katherine Pecora, Kylie Pelkey, Hailey Reed, Sarah Reynolds and Hunter Smith.
The staff includes designer Ryan Bronner, Ali Sivers and Kait LaVerne.
Michael Tierney is the director of both winter guard programs.