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Albany Winter Guard Invitational set for Feb. 23

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 14, 2013) -- The Albany Marching Falcons award-winning winter guard program will host its second annual home competition at Albany High School on Saturday, Feb. 23, welcoming 11 teams and more than 200 students from around the state.

 

The Albany Winter Guard Invitational will be from 6-8 p.m. and the awards ceremony will begin at 8:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5.

 

The event will feature food, gift basket raffles and a 50/50 drawing. Proceeds from ticket sales and raffles will support the winter guard program.

 

Winter guard is an indoor activity based on color guard – the flag-twirling brigades that accompany marching bands in parades during warmer weather. When the parades stop, color guard brings the activity inside and winter guard comes into its own with flags, rifles and sabers. Teams design unique routines set to music and their performance is judged on artistic flair, precision and coordination.

 

Last year, Albany's varsity and JV teams both medaled at the Mid York Color Guard Championships within their respective classes. This year, both teams moved up a class and finished first and second, respectively, in their first competition of the season at Shenendehowa High School in January.  

 

Albany's varsity division, which competes in the SA3 division, is composed of young women from Albany High, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and William S. Hackett Middle School. The JV program, competing in the Cadet division this year, has young women from Myers and Hackett middle schools.

 

The program's head coach is Kimberly Radtke, assisted by Donel Mataruga. Show design is by Dan Jones.

 

The Marching Falcons band and color guard/winter guard programs are under the direction of district music teachers Bryan Cady and John Halvorsen.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to successfully compete in the global community by providing an academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents, students and the community. The district serves more than 8,600 students in 15 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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