A Color Guard Thanksgiving!

| November 25, 2009 | 0 Comments

GratefullyThis month I’ve been trying to focus at least one time each day on something I am thankful for as we head into this year’s Thanksgiving holiday.  It’s forced me to take at least five minutes each day to step away from the daily stress and think positive – remembering just how lucky I am to have this life.

In this spirit, our team here at CGE thought  it might be nice to share some of our “colorguard thankfuls” today and we’d LOVE to hear yours!  Please join us in sharing the thankfulness spirit and leave a comment today letting everyone in our CGE community know what about this wonderful activity makes you most thankful this year.

Here are our “Thankfuls” to get the sharing started!


First, I have to say that I am thankful for our new team of writers and advisors here at CGE.  Their enthusiasm and positive energy keeps me excited about our mission and provides that sense of a “team” I’m come to value so much through my participation in this activity.

I am also thankful for the wonderful people I have had the opportunity to work with over the past 20 years in this activity.  Some have come in and out of my life short term, teaching me something or helping me to grow as a teacher and as a person.  And there have been others that have become wonderful friends and mentors over the long term.  I am thankful for all they have taught me and for their support and words of encouragement.  They’re priceless.


I am incredibly thankful for color guard because it has greatly enriched my life with wonderful friends, inspirational instructors and performers and a lifetime of fond memories of which I will treasure.


I am thankful for the colorguard world – the support it gives to its members, both in performance and in life skills.  I read once that a huge portion of college entrance essays are based on “what I learned in the band.”  It may sound a bit odd, but for those of us in pageantry, it makes perfect sense.  Our time marching, in whatever aspect  we chose, has provided life lessons which have proven invaluable time and time again.


I’m thankful for the students, instructors, parents, and supporters that make color guard possible and allow the activity to grow. I’m also thankful for getting in touch in recent years with many of my former team members, instructors, and students.


I am thankful this year for our new tech (who’s favorite of piece of equipment is my least favorite… yay!) and for our new guard mom.  We haven’t had much in the way of parental support the last few years, so it is really nice to have a mom who is willing to do errands for me, deal with paperwork and fundraising stuff, etc, so I can concentrate on designing.  I can’t believe how much these two people are making my life easier this year.

I am thankful for all of the relationships I have built through drum corps, winter guard and marching band.  True, it’s kind of weird that my best friends are literally all over the world.  I’m incredibly indebted to all of these people for making me a better performer, teacher and person.

I am thankful for my equipment.  No matter how stressed I get during the holidays, it’s nothing a couple sixes on sabre can’t fix.  Somehow that sting in my hands gives me a constructive outlet that doesn’t involve harming relatives.  LOL.


I’m uber thankful for the team of band moms from Columbine High School who sewed all my flags this fall. They put in over 250 woman hours and the flags were amazing!

I’m thankful for my students in the Columbine Rebel guard that keep me on my toes and challenge me to be the best instructor I can be.

I’m also thankful for my band director and booster program who are excited about starting winter programs and going out of their way to support and encourage me and my kids. I’m especially thankful they allowed me to hire an assistant, Blyde, who is fantastic!

I could go on. This is such a good thing to think about when there are trying times afoot!


I am thankful for there always seeming to be other people who can relate to what you’re going though, especially when times get rough and you’re frustrated with how the season is going. You never seem to be alone!

I’m also thankful for the good friends that you make through guard!


I am thankful for my growing guard program, having more staff this year to help me out, and a band director who is supportive of our guard program.


I am Thankful for my cg students believing in the activity not only for their improvement on movement and equipment skills, but also becoming better people and learning life lessons that will help them throughout their lives.

And last, but certainly not least, we are all so thankful for YOU, our readers.  I am especially thankful for those of you who take time to share your experiences through comments, emails, forum posts, contributions and facebook postings.  YOU really keep us going here.  You help us to realize that the time we spend writing means something to someone else.  And it’s YOU who are changing the world one positive season at a time in the life of your students.  THANK YOU!

We hope you will join us in this Thanksgiving tradition and add your “thankfuls” to the list!  Just leave a comment below with what you’re thankful for.  We all have so much we’ve gained from this activity throughout our lives.  Let’s share!  Happy Thanksgiving to ALL our readers!

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