Join Del Norte's Award-Winning Color Guard! ★

2024-2025 School Year Auditions:WELCOME to the 2024-2025 Recruitment Season!April 22nd: Join us at Del Norte's band room (M101) for an informational meeting at 6:00pm. Learn more about the color guard and our year schedule, as well as meet and set up communications with Dr. Kitelinger (our music director) and Coach Melissa Barton (our guard director)!April 25th-26th: We'll be holding our yearly workshop AND auditions at the Del Norte High School amphitheater from 4:00-6:00pm! Work with leaders and the rest of our team to learn basic dance and flag skills to prepare for the upcoming field season!Have any questions and/or concerns? Don't be afraid to contact us!
Contact Information:

Director: Dr. Kitelinger - [email protected]
Coach: Melissa Barton - [email protected]
DM on Instagram -@delnortecolorguard
Team Email - [email protected]
Fill out our interest form (linked down below) if you are interested!

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★ Frequently Asked Questions ★

What is Color Guard?Color Guard is a performing art/dance sport and is part of the Del Norte HS Music Program. Our color guard combines dance with props, such as flags, sabres, and rifles.What is a year in Color Guard like?We participate in 3 seasons throughout the school year.
--> Field/Marching Season (Trimester 1): During the fall, we perform with the Marching Band at all home DNHS football games, and compete with the band at tournaments throughout SoCal against other high school marching bands.
--> Winter Guard Season (Trimester 2): During the winter, the guard splits into a JV and Varsity team in order to compete without the Marching Band against other color guard teams throughout SoCal under the WCWG (West Coast Winter Guard) and WGI (Winter Guard International, varsity only) circuits.
--> Solo & Ensemble Season (Trimester 3): During the spring, we perform, compete & choreograph individually and in smaller groups against other members of our color guard team and our teams from our "sister schools". Members are given full creative freedom and conclude the year in a fun way! :)
Throughout the school year, we also participate in pep rallies, seasonal concerts with the band & dance team, and parades (Disneyland, DNHS Homecoming, etc).Can you join Color Guard if you have no dance or color guard experience?Of course! Anyone can join color guard, no matter their experience level. Our team's primary purpose is to provide an inclusive atmosphere.What days are performances usually on?Field/Marching Season (Trimester 1):
--> Home football game performances are usually on Friday evenings.
--> Marching band tournaments are usually on Saturdays, but can occasionally fall on a weekday, after school.
--> Parades and/or pep rallies will usually be on Fridays during school or immediately after, but can occasionally fall on the weekend.
Winter Guard Season (Trimester 2):
--> Tournaments are typically held on Saturdays or Sundays.
Solo & Ensemble Season (Trimester 3):
--> There is only one solo & ensemble competition, and it is typically held on a Saturday.
--> We participate in Night At the Museum, a showcase for all of Del Norte's performing arts, and is usually on a weekday, after school.
--> The Disneyland parade is usually on a Saturday or Sunday.
Out of School Performances:
--> July 4th Parade
--> The Band Camp performance (in August) is held on the Saturday of camp.
When are Color Guard rehearsals?We practice both during the school day (Period 1) and after school. No matter the trimester, color guard rehearsals are always during Period 1. Our after school rehearsals are on Mondays from 6-9 PM, and Thursdays from 3:45-5:15 PM. Occasionally, we practice before school, on Wednesdays (8:45-9:55am)What else do I need to know?--> Color guard fulfills your high school PE and fine arts credits, so it is required to sign up for the following classes:
--> Marching PE: Tall Flags 1 (Trimester 1, in the PE section of the course request form)
--> Dance Props 1 (Trimester 2, in the Fine Arts section of the course request form)
--> Dance Props 2 (Trimester 3, in the Fine Arts section of the course request form)
--> Scholarship, volunteer, & leadership opportunities available!--> Bonding events occur throughout the year.Can you join Color Guard even if you want to take AP classes, participate in other sports, join school clubs, and/or be in other extracurriculars?Yes! Color Guard is easy to balance with other classes and activities. We are flexible. However, it is important to inform the coaches & band director (see contact information above) in advance (no less than two weeks prior to the event) if you are missing any events listed on the calendar. Attendance is important for the success of the team.