EATON — Not since the mid 1990s has Eaton High School fielded a color guard team with the marching band. But, this June, Lisa White was granted permission to create a new color guard which will become an active participant in the upcoming 2016-17 school year.
White graduated from Bellbrook High School and has been involved in color guard teams for many years. She has participated in Bands of America at Bellbrook where they were Class A champions for four years. She has been a part of winning color guards for well over 10 years, from high school and beyond.
White was an instructor at the Fred J. Miller Leadership Camp. Fifteen years later, she is now in coaching and teaching dance at Eaton.
“It’s been a very long time since Eaton had a color guard,” said White during a practice. “Paul Bingle helped get us started, and we stared with 11 girls which helps the band reach close to, if not over, 100 members this year. We are going to be doing a show this year with a series of songs that are disco-related. We have a captain, our co-captain is Kirsten Alexander, and two lieutenants. We are starting with the basics for now.”
Abby Liddy, the team captain, was excited to be a part of the new team.
“We just started and I feel this team is very easy going and we seem to be doing pretty well, so I’m excited,” Liddy said. “I was in band before this so I was talked into it by Ms. White. I recruited everyone here in the group for her, as many as I could. They brought their friends and we went from there. As a captain, I lead them in stretching, techniques, and I get them pumped up for the events. There are a lot of strangers here, but we are melding together as a team.”
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