The Nevada High School Color Guard, also called flagline, is one of the many aspects that goes into an amazing marching band halftime show. Like other sports, the color guard puts in many hours of practice in order to learn, and perfect a routine. The routines are learned under the guidance of coaches Gabrielle Bradford and Megan Mensing. The team, consisting of Megan Mumm, Jade Bleeker, Daisy Lopez, Lucie Buck, Katie Womeldorff, Peighton Kannel, Macey Backoff, Areianna Williams and Justice Meyers, puts in many hours of hard work. Over the summer, the team practiced every single Monday night and a few Saturdays. Also, an entire week in August was needed to learn the routines and marching band drill.
Other than outside-of-school practice, the color guard is part of daily class time during the school day, practicing with the marching band. Just like any other sport, each and every team member has something about the sport that is their favorite. When asked what her favorite thing was about flagline, senior Jade Bleeker had many things that she liked. “My favorite thing about being part of the flagline team has been seeing all the progress that gets made on all of our routines, and just looking forward to performing them in front of audiences! I also love the team bonding that occurs, as we have a different team dynamic each year.”
After the marching band season ends, color guard is not finished with their work. The next phase for the team is the Iowa State Drill Team Association (ISDTA) state team competition and state solo contest. On Nov. 2, Jade Bleeker and Megan Mumm performed solos color guard routines. On Nov. 17, the winter color guard will be performing a pre-state clinic at Norwalk High School. After the Norwalk performance, on Nov. 30, the guard travels to Wells Fargo Arena for ISDTA state competition. The winter guard includes the same members as the fall color guard. Their winter performance at Wells Fargo will be a medley from “The Greatest Showman.” This performance will also take place on Dec. 7, at the home basketball game.