Robert King, advisor/ choreographer Alissa Uyeda & YiHua Cheng, Color Guard Captain
Color Guard FAQ:
The UH Marching Band performs at all UH Warrior football home games, and most notably at the 2008 All-State Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, LA.
Q:WHAT IS COLOR GUARD? A: The non-musical section of a marching band that provides the additional visual and theatrical aspects to the performance. It consists of individuals who dance while spinning flags, rifles and sabers, and other visual props.
Q: CAN I JOIN WITH LITTLE TO NO EXPERIENCE? A: YES! We will be happy to teach you. All you need is a willingness to learn and a dedication to practicing on your own. If you are not ready to perform, we will not chart you into that particular song.
Q: CAN I JOIN IF I AM NOT A UH MANOA STUDENT? A: Yes! you may join the marching band even if you attend one of the UH community colleges. You may also join even if you attend a completely different college system (Chaminade, HPU, etc.) As long as you can commit yourself to the practices and performances, you may join!
Q: CAN I EARN COLLEGE CREDIT IN COLOR GUARD? A: Yes. If you attend UH Manoa, you may register for MUS419E(marching band) and MUS 419F(marching band percussion). You will receive a grade for both courses and attendance will be taken. A financial stipend/financial aid(Manoa students only).
Q: WHEN DOES THE MARCHING BAND MEET? MUS 419E meets on Mon, Wed, Fri from 3:45-5:15. Most of this time is spent on the Clarence TC Ching field (across from parking structure). You should expect to stay on the field 10-15 minutes after every class to go over announcements and address particular areas of the routine/charts.
MUS 419F is the sectional for the percussion and color guard that meets prior to the Marching Band class. This is when we learn the bulk of our routines. This class meets Mon, Wed, Fri from 2:30- 3:30.
We also meet at the Aloha Stadium every Saturday for home football games. If we are performing at halftime, we meet at 1:30 to practice before the game.
Q: What if I have a scheduling conflict and can't attend the sectional (MUS419F)?
A: You will not get credit for the course, and will have to learn the routine on your own time. This is the time for the color guard to learn each routine, but if you can “catch up” on your own, then you do not need to register for the sectional. Keep in mind, that depending on how well you keep up, you may or may not be able to perform in that show.
Q: WHERE DOES THE MARCHING BAND PERFORM?
A: At the Aloha Stadium in Halaiwa, for all home games. Students are required to stay until the end of the football game, usually around 9:00 pm. Currently, the band does not travel for away-games, but there are plans to allow a limited number of upper classmen to travel to either Las Vegas or Washington state for 1 game a year.
We perform about 4 different shows a year, and thus learn a new show almost every 2-3 weeks. Each show includes 3-4 songs; the color guard performs 2-3 of these songs.
Q: ARE THE SUMMER CONDITIONING PRACTICES MANDATORY?
A: No, these are not mandatory, but they are a great way to get in shape during the pre-season, meet your fellow guard members, and get a head start on the season (some routines may be taught). And if you are an in-coming freshmen, it’s a great way to meet upperclassmen, and prepare you for the start of the Fall semester.
Q: WILL I HAVE TO BUY MY OWN EQUIPMENT?
A: No. The band will provide the equipment (poles, flags, tape, bolts, stoppers), but you will need to pay for your uniform (top, pants, shoes, gloves).
Q: WILL THERE BE ANY OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES?
A: Yes, you will need to pay for your uniform (pants, shoes). Dues may be collected (about $30) to cover the cost of accessories, to be worn for different shows to reflect different musical themes.