The Will Rogers Junior High Winter Guard earned third place in the Winter Guard and Percussion of Oklahoma Circuit Champions in Sapulpa.
Their routine was performed to the song Numa Numa by Ozone.
The guard has been in existence for three years and has grown from 13 members the first year to 23 members this year, said Claremore Band Booster Membership Coordinator Debbie Gunkel.
“This group practiced six to eight hours every week learning routines, techniques and work outs,” said Gunkel. “For 6 minutes the floor is their to display and their talent to everyone as they dance, spin and strive for perfection. Having placed in the top three every year speaks highly of their work ethic and the outstanding coaching of Ben Spriter and Murrel Collins.”
The WRJH Guard is sponsored by the Claremore Band Boosters Association who pay competition fees and purchase smaller flags and mock rifles required by a junior high guard. This year the CBBA has committed to purchase a new $2,000 mat to protect the floors during competition.
The mat weighs approximately 600 pounds and is positioned by the floor crew in a 3 minute time frame before the routine, said Gunkel.
Mat placement, the routine and removal of the mat are timed and points can be deducted if not completed properly.
“Winter Guard is more than work and intense competition. It’s learning teamwork between young people and making the school, parents and community proud,” she said. “It’s the chance to achieve something whether it is dancing, acting, spinning, tossing or just plain showing off.”