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.”

Click here for the 2021 – 2022 Season Interest Form

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. Please visit Winter Guard International (WGI) for more information about winter guard and the benefits of winter guard. Our teams compete locally within the Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA) circuit. Competitions begin in late January or early February each year and run through March. 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
(Director - Bob Kepler / Design & Instruction - Luke Oglesby)

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 to 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 begins with rehearsals in October and ends after AIA Championship Finals in late March. An informational parent meeting is scheduled for September 28th, 2021 and tryouts will be held in October. Be sure to fill out the 2021-2022 Interest Form above for dates!
About the Lil' Hawks
(Director - Rebecca Waltz)

The Holly Springs Lil' Hawks accepts members from Grades 3-5 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. The season typically begins with rehearsals in October and ends after AIA Championship Finals in late March. An informational parent meeting is scheduled for September 28th, 2021 and tryouts will be held in October. Be sure to fill out the 2021-2022 Interest Form above for dates!