This year for our winterguard showcase, I decided I wanted to choreograph and perform my own solo. Originally, I had no intentions of doing a solo because I felt like it would require too much work, but as the showcase approached, I talked myself into creating and performing one. My main reason for deciding to perform a solo was that I figured if I wanted to be a serious contender for colorguard captain or colorguard leadership, I should prove my skills and love for colorguard. Also, I didn’t want to be one of the few people not participating in a self-choreographed routine.
Choreographing a solo was much easier than I thought it would be. I chose the song “Can’t Help Falling in Love” covered by Haley Reinhart because it’s a beautiful song, and I felt like I could really feel the song and perform to it. It took me 2 weeks to decide what moves fit in to the song, and I practiced every night. It was actually really fun; I would use it as motivation to finish homework earlier. I told myself as soon as I finished my homework, I would go work on my solo, and it motivated me to work harder.
As the week of showcase rolled around, I was a bit discouraged because I realized none of my friends were able to make it to the showcase. It was the day of the March SAT, the beginning of spring break, and several other events were occurring around this time. Only a couple of my band friends and my family were able to make it, which wasn’t bad, but I really wanted to showcase my skills at showcase. When my friend told me he would record my performance, I felt uplifted and encouraged again. After I posted the video on Facebook, I got an overwhelming amount of support from my friends and family. I felt really proud of the work that I did, and I’m really glad I decided to perform a solo after all. I also feel proud that I get to show people what I do. I feel like a lot of the times I tell people I’m in colorguard, but people don’t even know what it is or how much work it takes. After seeing the video of my performance, I would have people telling me that they didn’t know that I could do that, so the greatest reward I got out of doing this solo was people’s appreciation after seeing my colorguard skills. I hope that this helps me on my journey for colorguard leadership, and I hope to do a longer and even better solo for next year’s showcase!