"5,6,7,8,1,2,3,4...Reset!", followed by groans and the pattering of feet is the first thing one might hear upon entering a Northview Winter Guard practice. With sweat streaming down their faces, the girls still have big smiles as they perform ornate work with their rifles, flags and sabers to the beat of the shrill music that is blasting through the small practice gym. It is only a small glance at the hard work that the Guard will endure throughout the season. Though hard work and dedication seems like a small price to pay for memories that will last a lifetime.
Northview Winter Guard has always been known to the winter guard world as a crowd-pleaser with entertaining shows like "Jack and Diane", "Elton John", "Dr. Suess", "Mozart Modern" and "The Original Instrument" that offered eye-catching costumes, toe-tapping music, larger-than-life props and innovative choreography. The 2003 Winter Guard will be writing another chapter to Northview history when they step out on Jan. 25 at North Montgomery High School in Manchester, Ind. This season's show which is currently called "Clock Watchers" but the name, much like the show, is still under heavy construction.
For the show, the 22 guard members will transform themselves from small town high school students into 9 to 5 money-making women with the help of a two-tone blue tarp painted to look like a computer keyboard, 11 rolling chairs and office desks complete with phones and documents. To top off their sophisticated makeover, each girl will wear a brown, black, or blue business suit with a contrasting trim and have pencils in their hair. The sophisticated props and costumes are pulled together with a theatrical operatic piece titled "La Tre Follie" by Vivaldi by singer Cecilia Bartoli.
During spring break the Winter Guard will pack their bags and head west to perform in San Francisco for a Winter Guard International Regional. It will place them one step closer to their performance at the WGI World Championships, April 10-12 in Dayton, Ohio. They will compete against the best guards in the world.
Prior to the WGI championships, the Guard will have already competed against a handful of the top 15 for the state title because four of the top 15 that are in Northview's class (Scholastic World) hail out of Indiana; Center Grove, Avon, Franklin Central and Lawrence Central.
While performing will be their main concern during their visit, the guard and their entourage of tarp crew members, parents and other loyal fans will have the opportunity to do some sight seeing as well.
Among these sights will be Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz prison, a meal at Hard Rock Cafe, Haight-Ashbury, a ride on the trolley and the Bay Area Rapid Transit System, shopping in downtown San Francisco and a stop in the city of Sausalito.
The guard will also practice and perform at the James Logan High School gym which is home to the repetitive Scholastic World Champion James Logan Winter Guard.
Between Manchester and Dayton, the guard will also be making appearances at several other venues including NHS on March 1 and at state finals at Center Grove in Greenwood on March 15.
The Northview Winter Guard is under the direction of Ruth Ann Medworth and staff this year includes Kelly Campbell, Michael Shapiro, Sean Cooney, Jenn Rinas and Jennifer Lessith.