One For The Road
One For The Road
What do you do after winning a bronze medal at NTCA State Championships? If you are the MHS Royal Pride Winter Guard you mosey on down to the River Walk after a stop at the Alamo then hit the beach at Port Royal in Corpus Christi. Oh and did I mention that you also make a stop in between your travels at the Bluebonnet Music Festival?
Last Thursday night the the Royal Pride Winter Guard met to make alterations to “Twists and Turns of Fate”, their bronze medal winning show from the recently finished 2011 NTCA Winter Guard Championships. Alterations to the program were needed as six out of thirteen members were unable to travel with the Guard due to other school and extra-curricular commitments.
Arriving at the Bluebonnet Music Festival it was determined that MHS was the only Winter Guard in attendance for competition. The Royal Pride took the floor going through their day old altered program for the first time in front of judges. Even though they were a “walk-over” winner, MHS mustered up the pride to receive straight “1s” for Superior ratings from judges who went through their standard critique as they would have done in UIL finals competition.
Bluebonnet was a fun stop for the Royal Pride’s “skeleton crew” on the way to Corpus with the rest of the Royal Pride Band. After a long season that saw a rough beginning, followed by a pell-mell, mad dash for the Podium at NTCA Championships, the Royal Pride Winter Guard is ready for a deserved break before summer camp in June. Good job this year ladies!! Way to finish strong! You’ve earned it.
For those who just can’t get enough “Guard” the final venue remaining for NTCA Winter Guard this season is the Solo/Ensemble competition being held this weekend at Summit high School in Arlington. This is where the gloves come off and you see some amazing individual programs.
Representing the Royal Pride in solo competition for the first time in their Guard careers will be Veterans Stephanie Herrera and Team Captain, Summer Moya. Junior Guardie Brandi Macura who placed 8th in NTCA solo competition last year will make the Pride presence three strong on the floor as she returns for another shot at the medal stand. Sophomore Bene’ Waggoner will team with Macura and represent MHS in the Ensemble category. This will also be Waggoner’s first time on the floor at Solo/Ensemble. Good luck ladies. Breathe deeply, the end is in sight! = : > ]