“Yes ma’am,” each of the eight Belton Varsity Winter Guard members told their instructor as they eagerly lined up to work on flag fundamentals, rehearse a segment of their show for the second or third time, or set up to perform an entire run-through of the show.
With one show already under their belts, members worked during class time and in after-school sessions to improve their performance before a Feb. 2 show in Cedar Park.
Beginning early that Saturday, the group applied makeup, fixed their hair, jumped back and forth between practices outside and inside, and wished guards from other schools “good luck” as they raced to the next warm up and finally to the performance gym.
The group began the show split down the middle, with four members working with rifles and four working with sabres. Through a variety of dance movements, the group came together by the end of the show, with each member holding a flag.
Emotions ran from joy to disappointment as each member recalled their individual performances, culminating with excitement as the team took first place in the competition.
With three shows remaining this season, the Belton guard hopes to continue its winning streak.