Lil’ Hawks and Jr Hawks Winter Guards

Did you know that the HSHS Golden Hawks Band also sponsors two junior level Winter Guard teams? The Holly Springs Lil’ Hawks and Junior Hawks Winter Guard teams provide the opportunity for students of elementary and middle school age to participate in competitive Indoor Color Guard. Our goal is for the students to grow through the challenges of the activity, to build foundational skills in dance, color guard equipment and performance, to make lasting friendships, and to have fun while developing a lasting love for the “Sport of the Arts.”

2019-2020 Season

An informational parent meeting for the Lil’ and Jr Hawks programs upcoming season will be held at Holly Springs High School on Tuesday September 17th at 6:30 pm. Students are not required to attend. Tryouts will be held the following week on Tuesday September 24th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The tryouts are an opportunity for students to get an introduction to winter guard, learn some movement and equipment basics, meet the staff and other members so they can decide if the activity is a good fit for them before they commit to the season. There is no audition and equipment will be provided.

About Winter Guard

Winter guard is a combination of competitive sports and the performing arts. Modern color guard includes the use of flags, sabers, mock rifles, and other equipment, as well as dance and other interpretive movement. For more information about winter guard, please visit Winter Guard International (WGI) at http://www.wgi.org. Our teams compete locally within the Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA) circuit. Competitions begin in late January or early February each year and run through April. For information about AIA, please visit http://www.atlanticindoor.org. A helpful video to watch about winter guard can be found at https://youtu.be/JWVHzPbVcJ0.

About Our Junior Guard Teams

Our junior guard programs began in 2011, with our first season as the Holly Grove Winter Guard. The team was based out of Holly Grove Middle School and had both middle school and elementary school aged members. Our first two seasons had combined membership, then in 2013, we had enough elementary school aged members to split the groups into two separate teams. In 2014, we successfully petitioned AIA to create a separate classification for elementary school level teams at competition. We have been thrilled to see the number of both Middle School and elementary school teams increase over the years we have been part of the circuit.

About the Jr. Hawks

The Holly Springs Jr. Hawks accepts members from Grades 6-8 from middle schools in the Holly Springs, NC area. The focus of the program at this level is for the kids develop foundational skills and solid technique while experiencing the joys and challenges of performing and competing. Through the activity, students learn the value of practice, persistence and teamwork. The season typically typically begins with rehearsals in October and ends after AIA finals in April. An informational parent meeting and team try-outs will be scheduled in late September. Be sure to watch the HSHS Band Boosters calendar for dates!
About the Lil' Hawks

The Holly Springs Lil' Hawks accepts members from Grades 2-5 from elementary schools in the Holly Springs, NC area. The Lil' Hawks season typically begins with rehearsals in October and ends after AIA finals in April. The focus of the program at this level is for the kids to have fun and gain experience performing and competing, while being introduced to basic equipment work. An informational parent meeting and team try-outs will be scheduled in September. Be sure to watch the HSHS Band Boosters calendar for dates!