The Oak Grove High School Colorguard was hard at work last week, attending their 5 day choreography camp held at Oak Grove High School. Already, the guard has put in many hours to prepare for this year’s Sound of Panther Pride’s competitive show entitled: The Planets!
Returning members have tagged this year’s camp as the best one yet. “We have learned quickly and everyone has bonded together. It’s a great way to start our season,” stated senior Chandler Minnis. Callie Tripp agreed, “Our routines are a lot harder than last year’s and we’re working together as a team. It’s going to be a great year!”
Each year, the guard, with help from the Band Booster organization, hires choreographer Karley Nance to work the week long camp. An addition to this year’s guard staff is Oak Grove alumni, Torri Hicks. Nance, Hicks and band director Beth Jinkins coordinate ideas, color schemes, and costuming so that the guard visually conveys the band’s theme to their audience. Nance stated, “I look forward to working with Oak Grove’s guard. They have a great work ethic and an incredible amount of talent.”
This year’s squad has set high goals for themselves. “Coming off of last year’s record-breaking year, the girls are working hard to maintain the tradition,” said Jinkins. “With the band’s help and our band booster’s support, we are looking forward to another successful year.”