Showcase Solo

3/5/2016

My Solo

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!

Winterguard Season 2016

3/25/2016

Last year, I was a part of the Plano East winterguard, and I had so much fun that I couldn’t wait to do it again this year. The only thing I wasn’t looking forward to was the long practices twice a week from 5:15-8:15 pm. Since I had done it last year, I knew how to allocate my homework, so I wouldn’t be overwhelmed every Monday and Thursday night. It’s important to me to balance the things you love and to make time for activities you enjoy. 

I was really excited for this season because I will be in a colorguard with my friends from marching band. Last year they split the winterguards into two groups depending on skill level, so when the director said that there will only be one big group, I was a bit worried of how that would turn out. I was impressed with how the show was written to comply with the range of skill levels, and I found myself really enjoying performing it. At the beginning of the season, we were awarded 4th place, which is one place away from a trophy. After the first competition, we got trophies at each competition. This was especially rewarding because we only got a trophy once last year, and I was glad my hard work was being rewarded with a tangible achievement. It also made me more proud to be in colorguard because we used to be a small organization that no one cared about, but we are actually good at what we do, so maybe people should start caring.

At Championships, we placed 2nd! This is especially special because we were projected to be third, but we proved ourselves worthy of a silver medal. I’m really proud of every single person I performed with. I’ll never forget this show and the memories I made during our crazy practices. The ending of the season is a bit bittersweet; on one hand, I get more free time and homework time, but on the other hand, I will miss seeing my friends twice a week. It’ll be hard, but I hope next year turns out to be even more fun, and I hope we can place 1st place at championships and earn a banner!