Color Guard “Yearbooks”

| May 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

Today we have a fun tradition shared by our newest CGE team member.  We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Lorraine Kohagen who is joining our CGE team!  Some of you may have seen Lorraine featured in the WGASC instructional webinar series this past winter season.  She is currently instructing the colorguards at Saugus and Valencia High Schools in Santa Clarita, California as well as designing for other colorguards and adjudicating for several circuits. 

She’s starting off today by sharing an end-of-season tradition from one of the schools she teaches: Color Guard Yearbooks.  I LOVE this idea because not only does it allow each student to express their individuality as part of the team but it also creates a sense of history and belonging while teaching students to encourage and support one another.  -Catina

Color Guard “Yearbooks”

The guard I instruct started a tradition a few years ago, by creating Color Guard Yearbooks, as an end of the year culmination.  Here’s how it works:

1. I have each member of the color guard create two pages for the yearbook.  The first page is about themselves, where they can list their “favorites”, such as flower, food, store, color, guard memory from the year, etc, as well as personal memories that made the year special for them.  The second page is a “shout out” page to each member of the guard, where they write a short note for each person.  I encourage the guard members to use pictures, drawings, catch phrases from the year, etc.  The instructional staff participates too!

2. I have the captains create a “cover” to the yearbook, by putting together a photo collage from the year.

3. Each person brings me a rough draft of their yearbook pages for proofreading.  I also make sure that the pages are “appropriate”, i.e. nothing negative, foul language, etc. (This has only been a problem ONE time!)

4. Each person is responsible for printing out enough copies of their pages for as many books as you are going to create (i.e. 12 guard members + 3 staff).

5. I then take the copies, collate them and take them, along with the cover, to an office supply store and have them spiral bound.  The cost is minimal (around $2-3 per book), plus cost of copying the cover.

6. We hand out the yearbooks at our end of the year guard banquet.  It’s always fun to see how excited the kids are to see what everyone has done, and it’s a wonderful keepsake for the year!

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Category: "DIY", For Fun!, Team Management, Teambuilding

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Lorraine has been involved in the color guard activity since 1989, first as a performer, then as an instructor and adjudicator. She is currently instructing the color guards at Saugus and Valencia High Schools in Santa Clarita, California, as well as designing for other guards in California. Lorraine also has worked with programs in Utah, New York and Georgia. She was the Instructor/Designer at Littlerock High School from 1995 to 2008. LHS was a semi-finalist at WGI World Championships in 2004 and 2005 and the Fresno Regional Scholastic A Champion in 2005. She is an Adjudicator for SCSBOA, WGASC, and UWGA, and has also traveled to Oregon, Nevada, and Texas to judge marching band and winter guard contests.

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