USF Winter Guard Captures Fifth Place

The competition in Ohio, which is the sport of indoor color guard, featured more than 11,000 participants worldwide.


From USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (April 15, 2011) – The University of South Florida’s Winter Guard team, the sport of indoor color guard, placed fifth in the Sport of the Arts Championships held earlier this month in Dayton, Ohio.


The guard, which uses flags, sabers, mock rifles and other equipment, also features dance and other interpretive movement. The indoor color guard, said USF Winter Guard coach Mary Dooley, “is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format.”


The USF team’s theme was to explore “the lives of the poor who are ignored or underestimated.”


The show description continues: “Narration effectively described the human value and potential of people coping with poverty and need, and presented the downtrodden in a positive, dignified manner. The group performed with mouths covered in blue as if to symbolically portray being silenced. The production’s emotion climax featured a scintillating feature on white and grey silks, powerfully connecting with the audience to conclude a package that was both entertaining and enlightening.”


WGI Sport of the Arts produced a video of the USF entry that can be found here.


The sport is in its 33rd year and continues to grow. More than 11,000 performers from universities and independent organizations around the world participated in Dayton April 7 to April 9.