The Ridgewood High School Winterguard is an integral part of the RHS Band Program. While this group practices and performs independently from the band, the skills learned are easily transferred to the field for the fall marching band season.
The Winterguard is a competitive team activity that performs a 4 - 5 minute routine that is choreographed and performed to recorded music. The Winterguard emphasizes dance and compliments choreography with flags, sabres, rifles, and other props. Competitions take place throughout the tri-state area, including the WGI (Winter Guard International) Regional Championships. The Winterguard season typically begins in early December before settling into a practice schedule of twice during the school week, depending upon gym availability. Weeknight practices are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the start of the season. The guard also rehearses on Saturdays. The competition season ends in mid April.
A date for the information and organizational meeting will be announced at the beginning of September. At that time, audition and membership expectations will be discussed, and season calendars will be distributed. Students are encouraged to bring a parent to this meeting.
Although no experience is necessary to audition for the Winterguard, many find some dance experience to be helpful. Students must be able to demonstrate good coordination, body control and rhythm, and an ability to learn flag techniques and dance routines. A good work ethic is absolutely essential, and students must be able to commit to the schedule of rehearsals and competitions which will be posted on this website. Due to the regulations of our competition circuits (Mid Atlantic Indoor Network and Winter Guard International), there are a limited number of spaces available.
Winterguard Instructors are Jake Montanaro, Jillian Rothstein, Megan Theobold, Sarah Kramer
Important Dates 2018-2019
April 11 - Winter Guard Championship Showcase @ RHS 7-8 PM