• Blue Springs color guard is state champion squad

  • Blue Springs High School has one more state champion, but this time, it is not a sports team or cheerleading.

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  • Blue Springs High School has one more state champion, but this time, it is not a sports team or cheerleading.
    The Golden Regiment Winter Color Guard placed first in the Scholastic B Division at the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association State Championships Saturday in Willard, Mo. The Middle School Color Guard, comprised of students from Brittany Hill and Sunny Vale, placed third in the middle school division. This was the first year that the squad competed at the state level.
    Other teams that competed at the state championship included Truman, Blue Springs South, Grain Valley and Odessa high schools.
    “It was an incredible day,” said Tim Allshouse, director of bands at Blue Springs High School. “It was fun to have both the high school and middle school groups together. They were able to help each other out. For example, we have a 500 pound tarp that has to be pulled out before each group performs. The middle school team was able to take care of the tarp for the high school, and the high school was able to take care of it for the middle school.”
    Winter Guard is an indoor color guard that meets from December to April, competing in the gymnasium. The MCCGA is the winter color guard circuit that serves color guards from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Iowa.
    This is the second consecutive year that the squad has placed first at the MCCGA competition. In 2012, the team placed first in the Scholastic C Division.
    “Success can be measured in many different ways, the result were certainly a nice bonus, but we would have considered this season a huge success regardless of the placing.,” Allshouse said. “It is a very subjective activity, and we have very easily been in a different ending place and still just as thrilled. It is really about the journey as any coach will tell you.”
    Allshouse said watching where the team has come from since December, the commitment to excellence to each other, learning how to work as a group and learning how to really connect to the audience through performance has been “really amazing to watch.”
    “They came off of the floor, and it was one of those moments where they knew they had put on the show of their life. That was the real pay-off,” he said. “As with all of our groups, a strong fundamental program is part of our system. The team doesn’t just come in and work on ‘the show.’ We spend 30 to 50 percent of our rehearsal time focusing on the fundamentals of spinning, dancing, performing and rehearsal etiquette. We always want to put on a good show, but we are hopeful we are also teaching excellence as an important life skill in every pursuit of their life whether it is band, color guard or something else.”

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