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.”
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 https://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 https://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.