Kim Presley with flags and rifle

Grenada Guard instructor Wins World Championship

Kim Spaeth Presley, guard instructor for the Grenada Band Program, has been recognized at the WGI World Championship held in Dayton, Ohio, on April 11-13, 2002. Her training of the Irondale High School Winter Guard from New Brighton, Minnesota, enabled them to be crowned 2002 WGI Scholoastic Open Class World Champions.

Winter guard is an indoor aspect of the color guard activity. The field of competition consists of a regulation size basketball court. Shows are choreographed to pre-recorded music. Flags, rifles, and sabers are used in combination with modern dance to provide visual representation of the music.

Kim stated,"My responsibility was to develop the show's overall concept and to design the choreography for about 60% of the show. A lot of the work was completed at the winter camp held over Christmas holidays. Other work was taught by video tape." Twenty-five high school students participated in the group. The students wore navy velvet unitards and used flags designed in shades of yellow, blue, and raspberry.