Inspirational Stories

| November 14, 2008 | 0 Comments

I had a wonderful opportunity last month to get a chance to talk with four amazing performers who have refused to allow physical or developmental disabilities to stand in the way of their passion for performance in the marching arts.

“Overcoming Obstacles” is published in this month’s “Halftime Magazine.”   Throughout the Interviews I was struck by the performers’ positive attitudes, their love for the marching arts and how their participation had a positive impact on their own lives and the lives of their teammates and instructors.

As I researched the article I also came across a number of other amazing stories that we just didn’t have space to include, but which I’ve linked to here for anyone who is interested in learning more.

I hope that each of you who reads the article will be inspired, like I was, not only by the individual stories, but by the extremely dedicated and supportive parents and instructors behind the scenes who believed in their students’ abilities and had a willingness to be flexible and creative in order to meet the needs of all of their performers.  Many thanks to these amazing performers AND their amazing teachers for sharing their stories!

Additional Articles of Interest:

Natalie’s Color Guard Story – by Maddie Garrett, Sport of the Arts Blog.  This is a wonderful video piece about a high school freshman from Coppell High School in Texas who participates in colorguard despite having only one hand.

Fisher Senior Adds Color to the Special Olympics – by Rachel James in the Cardinal Courier Online of St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.  This is a story about a Fisher College student who founded the Rainbow Guard for special needs students.

A Special Needs Color Guard at Hickman Hills High School – A video piece about a special needs colorguard posted on

Feeling The Music – by Scott Markham, posted March 27, 2008 on the Winter Guard Insternational Website.  This is the story of performer Krystina Ho from South Hills High School in Covina, CA who was born profoundly deaf.


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Catina Anderson is the founder/editor of the Colorguard Educators blog. Color guard has been part of her life for almost 25 years. She began coaching in 1994 and worked with the Broad Run High School color guard in Northern VA from 1998 until 2010. She has also written for Halftime Magazine and served on the Executive Board of the Atlantic Indoor Association. A former teacher, she enjoys sharing what she has learned and hopes to encourage others to share as well. Together we can create even more positive experiences for performers and help to collectively strengthen marching arts activities worldwide.

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