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CHS Winter Guard Wins State Championship

On April 7, the Clarkston High School Marching Band Winter Guard brought home first place honors at the Michigan Color Guard Circuit (MCGC) State Championships at Saginaw Valley State University. The two-day event featured 124 color guards, percussion units, and winds groups performing before thousands of spectators.

The CHS Winter Guard combined the artistry of movement, dance and color guard to connect with the audience, bring music to life, and execute a technically precise show worthy of winning the Scholastic AA division, the second highest level of competition. This is the first state championship for the CHS Winter Guard since 1978.

Take a look at our photo slideshow here:

Winter Guard State Champs Slideshow

Coached by Sarah Weingartz and Skylar MacKensen (members of Interplay, a Winter Guard International Group) and former CHS Color Guard member Hadley Smith, the talented group of 17 students in grades 9-12 practiced for months in preparation for regional competitions. Creative visual design, show concept, and costumes are provided by Alan Spaeth of RS Marching Arts in Chicago, under the local leadership of Band Directors Michael Lewis and Ivan Manning.

Winter Guard is funded by the Clarkston Schools Instrumental Music Association (CSIMA) and largely supported by parent volunteers.

The CHS Winter Guard placed third in the Scholastic AA division at the MCGC state championships at SVSU last year, and placed first (with an impressive point spread) in the first three competitions of this season.

Members of the Winter Guard also participate in the CHS Marching Band in the fall, performing for the Clarkston community and visitors at football games, and at Michigan Competitive Band Association (MCBA) competitions, where they take their performances to new levels.

Congratulations on this history-making honor, CHS Winter Guard! We look forward to watching you climb the competitive ranks in years to come!

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 8,000 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in students a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors to a global society.

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