BYMS Color Guard “Spins, Tosses, and Twirls” with Precision and Style


“When I attended BYMS years ago, the things we were asked to do as a member of the color guard team were far less challenging than the skills I ask of my students now,” stated Grace Redmond, the new head coach of the BYMS Color guard, in an interviewer with the Matador Messenger. Color guard is an “ever-changing sport.” 

 Redmond is a student at Cal State Fullerton, studying child development in hopes of teaching elementary or middle school one day. “I was the assistant coach at BYMS for the last year and a half, and was thrilled when the past coach asked me to take over for the 2019-2020 season,” she added. 

BYMS Color guard is a team of 25 members who perform choreographed dance routines with flags, wooden rifles, and sabers along with the BYMS Marching Matadors during parades, including the Placentia Parade on October 12th. Captains include Grace Montelone, Karly Safford, Gracee Schumerth , and Lillie Tetzlaff. Additionally, color guard members can perform in the winter guard, an extension of color guard, and compete against other school color guard teams.  Color guard has a middle schools, high schools, and college students perform.

During the summer BYMS color guard members learn a basic dance routine that also incorporates spinning, tossing, and twirling flags. Members start receiving eight counts of the routine and work their way up to the next eight, which is the way members track their movements in color guard. 

This “ever-changing sport” has gone through many stages of development and has its roots in the military with the  “color” is referring to the national flag, and how it carries our national color. “Guard” is referencing the military protecting the colors of their nation.

Natalee Alicea, one of the many seventh graders on the team, joined color guard for many reasons. “I joined color guard, because it sounded and looked fun on the videos,” she explained. Although she finds it fun, there has been some challenges for Alicea. “The most challenging thing for me to learn, is probably singles, and staying in time with the other members of the color guard team,” she added. 

Grace Montelone, one of the color guard captains, found her first tear of color guard scary. “My first year of color  guard, was kind of nerve-racking. But, overall it was fun. I learned a lot, met so many different people including my two best friends,” she stated.