Winter Guard is a post-marching-season activity for color guard members held during the winter/spring semesters, December-April. The winter guard competes against other color guards on a state, regional, and international level. The guard learns a new show routine that is performed to an artist’s recorded music instead of the band. They perform on a tarp in gymnasiums. Color guard members are not required to participate in Winter Guard. Anyone is eligible to join, even if they did not participate in Color Guard during marching band season. This is an excellent opportunity for guard members to strengthen their dance movement and equipment skills. There are additional fees assessed and other fundraising for participation in the Winter Guard season.