Recognized at many local, regional, and state competitions, the inaugural year for the Klein Cain Color Guard, has been an exciting and one for the history books.
“Color Guard is unlike any other experience a student can receive in high school,” said Klein Cain Color Guard coach, Amy Tomsa. “It allows students to learn a lot about themselves and how to build confidence and is an outlet for every child to find a home away from home and build lifelong relationships.”
The building of a new Color Guard team for Klein Cain began in May 2017 with auditions. Twenty-one students were selected as part of the team and attended Guard Camp at the end of June 2017 and started rehearsing for the upcoming school year in early August 2017.
“These students adjusted to the new program in all of three days,” said Tomsa. “They began forging their path and the team dynamic they have created will leave an everlasting legacy for future members of the program.”
The Winter Guard comprised of 16 students who began rehearsing before the winter break was over, started competing in January and by April had earned many awards and accolades.
“The Winter Guard is a unique activity that offers competitive performance opportunities for students,” said Tomsa. “They create shows that tell compelling and emotional stories.”
By the end of its inaugural year, the Klein Cain Color Guard has received a Marching Band Division I rating at UIL competition and won the Most Outstanding Auxiliary award at their first marching band competition. Also, the Winter Guard earned first, second, or third place at all of the local competitions and placed first at the Texas Color Guard Circuit (TCGC) Area North Championships which qualified them for the State Championships at Texas A&M University where they seeded first place out of 80 teams in their class. At the State competition, they earned the Gold Medal and announced as the 2018 TCGC Scholastic Regional A State Champions. This new team of freshman and sophomores earned this title over varsity and junior varsity teams from across the State.
“You do not have to have any experience to be successful,” said Tomsa. “Just a positive mindset and a willingness to go outside of your comfort zone to realize your potential. Their passion is a sign of personal growth,” she added.