WEST ORANGE, NJ - The 14th Annual Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network (MAIN) Winter Guard Competition will be held in the Tarnoff Gymnasium at West Orange High School, 51 Conforti Avenue, on Jan. 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. West Orange High School (WOHS) will host the event and

The West Orange High School (WOHS) varsity and junior varsity Winter Color Guards will perform in exhibition during the WOHS-hosted event, which will also feature teams from Parsippany Hills, Port Chester, Barnegat, Northern Valley, Nutley, Roxbury, Fair Lawn, Hillsborough, Matawan, Morris Hills, Pequannock, Wayne Hills, Mineola, Southern Regional, West Milford and Alter Ego (an independent color guard from West New York, NJ). 

“The guard show will feature 20 teams from the tri-state area, and we are looking forward to hosting the kickoff to the competitive season,” said WOHS band director Erin Lagatic. "We are excited to display the talent of our two winter guard teams this year. Thirty-five young ladies from WOHS, Liberty Middle School and Roosevelt Middle School comprise our two winter color guard teams.”

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The 2019 WOHS Varsity Color Guard show is titled is "Becoming" and features the music "Quintette No 1" by Dustin O’Halloran, "Dear Thoedosia" from Hamilton performed by Sara Bareilles, and "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan.

The 2019 WOHS Junior Varsity Color Guard show is titled "Beyond the Rainbow," and features the music "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" performed by Katherine McPhee.

The program will begin at 4 p.m. with younger teams in the Scholastic Novice Class. The West Orange Varsity Color Guard will perform at approximately 7:45 p.m., and the awards ceremony will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m.

The West Orange Music Boosters will provide refreshment and concessions for sale throughout the entire competition. All profits earned from the event will help to fund the West Orange Winter Guard travel expenses, including the Varsity Color Guard trip to Dayton, Ohio for Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships in April.

Tickets for the competition are $10 at the door for adults and $8 for seniors and students. The family-friendly event provides an opportunity for children and parents to see how the intricacies of dance, balance, athleticism and coordination are utilized in color guard, an activity termed "Sport of The Arts".

“I am proud of what the students and coaches have accomplished so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing them perform and compete,” said Lagatic.

The WOHS Tarnoff Gymnasium is located on the Pleasant Valley Way side of the campus. Parking is available on the main Conforti Avenue parking lot and limited parking available may be available in the parking lot off Alisa Drive.

More information, including volunteer and trophy sponsorship opportunities, can be found HERE


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