The Rockford High School Winterguard team dazzled the audience at Lowell High School.

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Rockford, MI, February 1, 2015:   The Rockford High School Winterguard (RHSW) team dazzled the audience at Lowell High School with their show “One Step Closer” on Saturday, January 31, 2015 and captured 2nd place in their division with a score of 57.68 at the Michigan Color Guard Circuit (MCGC) competition hosted by team Exit 52.   First place honors went to Medley Winter Guard of Wyoming who posted a score of 58.32.   Lowell’s Exit 52 captured 3rd place with a score of 57.59 and 4th place went to Oakland University of Rochester with a score of 56.85.

In MCGC, members are eligible to compete through age 22.   Teams are divided into several classifications from junior high to college age. In the Independent A division, in which RHSW competes, teams are comprised of all high school members, a mixture of high school and college age and all college students.

Scores are based on four primary elements:   general effect, ensemble, equipment and movement.   For general effect, judges are evaluating teams on creativity, originality, quality, and general flow as well as the use of equipment, movement, costumes and props. The reaction of the audience also contributes to the general effect score.   The ensemble judge is evaluating the program’s depth of composition and how the choreography reflects the musical selection for the show.   Equipment scores are based on the use of different equipment such as flags, sabers and rifles and the precision and skill of the team in executing the drill. The last element is movement or dance technique.   Scores in this category are based on the precision of movement that each team member executes in the synchronized show.

The team will be working to perfect their show as they prepare for the next competition on March 7, 2015 at Jenison High School.