Winter Guard Brings Home Silver Medal

The 25-student team took second place in a competition against more than 400 teams from around the world.



By Daylina Miller

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (April 23, 2012) – The University of South Florida’s Winter Guard brought home a silver medal this month from the 2012 Winter Guard International Championships.


The team’s show centered around the topic of “bullying” and is inspired by the Trevor Project’s “It Gets Better” video series. While the Winter Guard performed, music and excerpts from the videos played, including quotes from President Obama’s video.


While the Trevor Project typically focuses on LGBTQ bullying, the USF Winter Guard based their production on bullying in general.


”We sometimes encounter many things that shape us as individuals,” said Mary Dooley, who started the Winter Guard at USF in 2002. “Unfortunately, bullying is part of it. And right now, bullying is a complex social problem. Bullying does not discriminate between race, creed, color, or sexual orientation. The show is designed to help people understand we are all human.”


The team and its coaches dedicated every weekend for five months to prepare its show to go up against more than 400 teams from around the world in Dayton, Ohio.

“USF performed, struggled, and challenged themselves throughout the three-day elimination process, telling their story, and delivering a touching and an almost flawless performance, missing the gold medal by only 1/10 of a point,” Dooley said.

The team took home a trophy and each of the 25 students received a silver medal for participating.

“The 2012 USF Winter Guard is thrilled to bring home the silver medal,” Dooley said. “They have devoted so much time and emotion into perfecting their performance.”


Last year, the Winter Guard’s show was centered around social stereotyping, Dooley said, and based off a poem by Julia Dinsmore titled “Those People.”


Daylina Miller can be reached at 813-500-8754.