The Color Guard is the non-musical section of the Glen Ridge High School Marching Band. It interprets the music being performed through dance and the synchronized spinning of flags, sabers, and rifles. It also uses different colors and styles of flags like swing flags and tapered flags to enhance the visual effect of the Marching Band as a whole. At Glen Ridge High School, there have been five to eight students participating in this activity in recent years.
In addition to performances at home football games, the Color Guard plays a vital role in Marching Band competitions during the fall. During competitions, the Color Guard not only adds to the overall score of the Marching Band, but is also judged in its own category, usually called auxiliary.
The Color Guard also has a separate component known as Winter Guard. This indoor activity involves performances to a piece of pre-recorded music in competitions. The Winter Guard program at Glen Ridge High School is in its second year in cooperation with Verona High School.
Students interested in Color Guard sign up in the spring. They don’t need to audition or have previous experience to join.