May 2005

Another great accomplishment for our Carteret County Students. The Croatan High School Scholastic Open Winterguard team finished number two in the World in the Open class. Probably even a greater accomplishment is the fact that so many of our Winterguard and Percussion Ensemble teams did extremely well in regional and world events. Congratulations to all.

Recently, I had the opportunity to see several of the Carteret County Schools System's Winterguard and Percussion Ensemble units perform at West Carteret High School. It was a wonderful event and I encourage you to attend if you ever have a chance.

I couldn't find a definition of Winterguard so I can only provide you with my description. The teams are composed of anywhere from 10 to 20 high school or middle school students; have outfits that coincide with the music; the performers move/dance in precise movements to music; have colorful flags; and may have objects to twirl. The Percussion Ensembles also range in size from 10 to 20 high school or middle school students. They use various types of percussion instruments as well as objects like trashcans, car brake drums, and hammers.

I was fortunate to sit next to Reggie Lewis, a percussion student parent, who pointed out the small things that a novice like me would not notice. For example the groups not only get graded on their performance, but how well they work together in getting set up for the performance and removing the props after the performance. Winterguard has to unfold a mat that is about the size of a basketball court, and place whatever other props they choose to use. The Percussion Ensembles have to precisely place their instruments, some being quite large, and some small. It is obvious that it takes a lot of practice to gain the efficiency that these groups exhibited. Reggie also pointed out that performers could minimize the negative effects of any mistake by having a good recovery. I thought that was a valuable lesson for life, because we all make mistakes, and it is more important for us to concentrate on correcting the mistake, rather than on the mistake itself.

Each team wants to do their best, but I was really impressed with how much the teams helped each other, and supported the other teams during their performance. All participants sincerely wanted the other teams to do their absolute best.

All of us sometime take things for granted that are really special. I was reminded that our students, teachers, parents, and volunteers are very special when Reggie said he had been to many of the competitions and he was always proud of the demeanor and performances of the Carteret County students. You should all be very proud of your accomplishments. I certainly am. 

Posted by Admin Sunday, May 1, 2005 4:18:00 PM

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