Echoes in the Dome

Echoes in the Dome
Posted on 02/04/2020
CV Color GuardEchoes in the Dome
Natalie Morgan
Staff Writer

The Cumberland Valley Color guard kicked off their indoor season Saturday February 1 with Echoes in the Dome. Echoes is hosted at Cumberland Valley High School by the varsity color guard. Teams began competing at noon and awards ended the evening at 9pm.

This year the varsity colorguard is performing a show named Red Alert. The show is a militaristic show, and performed to a song called 99 Red Balloons written in the Cold War Era. The song is about German soldiers in East Berlin getting scared by a group of balloons flying over the wall. The balloons are thought to have been intruders or something sent to hurt them. While this seems to be an aggressive song, it is actually a song of protest against any harm being done between countries. The song is supposed to send a message that would prevent any violent actions.

Echoes in the Dome was the first of many shows for the color guard this season. They will perform in four more local competitions this season. These competitions are February 15 at Central Dauphin, March 7 at Conestoga Valley, March 17 at Mechanicsburg, and March 28 at Chambersburg for the KIDA, or Keystone Indoor Drill Association championship competition.

KIDA is not the only organization the color guard competes for though. WGI, or Winter Guard International, is the second and larger organization. The color guard will be going to South Brunswick New Jersey in February and Bethlehem Pennsylvania in March to compete in regional competitions for WGI. In April to finish out the season the color guard heads to Dayton, Ohio to compete against other color guards from all over the country.

“Our number one goal is to make it into Open Class Finals. We are working extra hard and putting in all the effort to make it the best show possible,” junior Bella Durand said “To add on to that we want to become closer to each other and get a connection between each other on and off the floor.”

The color guard puts in a lot of work throughout the season to make a great show for everyone to enjoy. Practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The guard also practices on Saturdays from 8:30 to 5:00.

Last year the guard made it to the semi-finals at Dayton, Ohio, before being knocked out of the competition, but this year they are focused on taking their show to finals.

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