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World Champion Somerville HS Scholastic World Winter Guard Team Hosts Competition

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The world champion Somerville High School Scholastic World Winter Guard team will perform their show “The Sum of Us” Saturday, April 7, at Branchburg Central Middle School. Credits: Suzanne Updegrove
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The world champion Somerville High School Scholastic World Winter Guard team will perform their show “The Sum of Us” Saturday, April 7, at Branchburg Central Middle School. Credits: Patti Verbanas
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The world champion Somerville High School Scholastic World Winter Guard team will perform their show “The Sum of Us” Saturday, April 7, at Branchburg Central Middle School. Credits: Suzanne Updegrove
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BRANCHBURG, NJ - It’s not every day you get to see world champions perform live.

On Saturday, April 7, the Somerville High School Music Boosters Association will host its 14th annual Indoor Color Guard show at Branchburg Central Middle School. More than 30 competing winter guard teams will attend, with a concluding performance by the world champion Somerville High School Scholastic World Winter Guard team performing their show “The Sum of Us.”

In addition, the Somerville High School Scholastic 'Regional A' Winter Guard team will perform their show “My Umbrella.”

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Winter guard — known as “the sport of the arts” — is a competitive indoor color guard activity in which performers use flags, rifles, sabers and other equipment combined with dance to produce a choreographed show. Teams are judged in various categories, including movement, technique, design analysis, equipment and general effect. 

Somerville Winter Guard is the 2012 Scholastic A and 2015 Scholastic Open Class Winter Guard International (WGI) World Champions. It is one of 24 scholastic guards in the world that competes in the World Class — the highest level of scholastic competition — at the WGI World Championships, which takes place annually at the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Their award-winning performance attracted the attention of musician David Byrne, who selected the team to be one of ten to collaborate with indie musicians to create a live music and winter guard show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Toronto’s Air Canada Center, which was featured in the 2017 documentary Contemporary Color.

The Somerville Winter Guard shows are directed by Joe Harris, Jay Drake, Cindy Wong and Amy Sutphen.

The 20-member Scholastic World team includes Michael Berliner (senior captain), Amanda Carrier, Ellie England, Adelina Gallo, Jenny Le, Breanne Malanga, Ashley Balbuena Moreno (junior captain), Kayla Morgan, Alessia Petroni, Cristina Petroni (senior captain), Carri Polansky, Jennifer Rojas, Alexandra Schweid, Colin Sheeley, Katie Updegrove, Emily Urena, Mario Velasquez, Ally Willoughby (junior captain), Morgan Yap (junior captain) and Heather Young.

The 17-member Scholastic "Regional A" team includes Meghan Cirillo (senior captain), Kiarra Dalida, Alanna Hadley, Victoria Herbst, Catherine Herrera, Elizabeth Herrera, LaTavia Jordan, Amani Khafaja, Wanda Lopez-Cruz (junior captain), Elizabeth Malanga, Sarah Morgan, Gianna Perrine, Isabela Rodriguez, Allison Sheats, Francesca Smith and Selina Verbanas.

The competition begins at 2 p.m. and lasts until about 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors, cash only, and concessions are being sold. Spectators can attend any time during the show.

Visit http://www.shsmbanj.com/winter-guard-show for more information, including the show schedule.

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