Heather Johnson – LRHS News
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Sophomore Emilee Spencer played the clarinet in band last year, but this year has decided to join the school’s Color Guard.
“I found out about the team from best friend Alley Leg,” she said.
Many guard members discovered the group with the help of their peers and decided to give it a try.
Senior Hailey Christensen found out from friends and developed a love of performing during halftime at football games and dancing.
“I like that you get to make new friends,” she said. “The whole band becomes your family, it is the best thing ever.”
Members are looking for more guys to join the team. “There are twenty eight girls and one guy on the team, we need more boys. It’s a fun sport and anyone can do it,” said Christensen.
With the new school year comes new uniforms, and Mustangs are giddy with excitement for the new design. “The outfits are cute and sparkly,” stated senior Melissa Danforth.
The color guard is coached by Karissa Hubbard and assistant David Hall. This year’s sponsor is Coastal Orthopedic, “We are so grateful to have people who are willing to donate,” says junior Niki Freer.
The team is working diligently on this school year’s routines and dance performances, spending hours perfecting their style.
“Practices are very hot and tiring. We work every day after school, but it’s nice to see your hard work paid off in the end,” said Freer.
The LRHR color guard is preparing for a competition Oct. 11 in Seminole.