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Greencastle-Antrim indoor guard competition celebrates 25 years

February 14, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • McKenna Alexandra, a member of the Greencastle-Antrim High School indoor guard, works on her routine during practice Thursday night in Greencastle, Pa. The high school will host its 25th annual indoor guard competition on Saturday.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Greencastle-Antrim High School will celebrate an important milestone Saturday when the school hosts its 25th indoor guard competition.

Greencastle-Antrim’s 25th annual Indoor Competition, hosted by the Keystone Indoor Drill Association, will begin at 3 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

Sam Forney, high school band director, who started Greencastle’s indoor guard in 1988, is hoping the community comes out to help celebrate the school’s achievement.

“It’s very visual. There are 37 units performing on Saturday from schools all over the area,” Forney said.

“You will see a variety of shows and types of music. There is going to be something for everyone’s taste.”

Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens.

An alumni reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. near the gym.

Starting indoor guard in the 1980s was a bit shaky at first, Forney said.

In the first year, the guard went to two competitions and performed at basketball games, he said.

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“I guess they (basketball team) tolerated us. We were kind of a halftime show,” he said.

About 10 years ago, Greencastle’s high school guard performed during halftime at Hagerstown Community College, Forney said.

“There were people there who still had never seen indoor guard or indoor percussion,” he said.

But since then, the thrill of seeing music in motion using costumes, rifles, sabers and flags has captivated more and more audiences.

Forney said the number of people coming to the shows has increased and the number of students getting involved in the indoor music program has grown.

One of Greencastle’s guard instructors started offering indoor guard at the Greencastle-Antrim Middle School four years ago, which has helped bolster numbers.

“It was probably one of the best things for our guard program,” Forney said.

He said there are 15 (underclass) girls in the high school guard with another 10 eighth-grade girls waiting to join the high school guard next year.

Those numbers left Forney musing about starting a second indoor guard because of the numbers of students interested in the 2014 group.

Greencastle-Antrim indoor guard member Kieran Maher likes the fact that guard combines athleticism, dance and creativity.

“It’s like a Broadway show on a basketball court,” Kieran said.

The 10th-grader started performing in indoor guard three years ago and is hooked.

“I love it. I have a passion for it,” she said.

Greencastle-Antrim junior Tara Moore is also a member of the all-girls high school guard.

She got interested two years ago because her friends were involved, but said she stayed because she enjoyed performing with the group.

“It makes you feel you are committed to something, and it keeps me busy,” Tara said.

The high school’s 15-member indoor guard will perform “My Love” on Saturday. The show is based on “Unchained Melody” and is performed by various artists.

The Greencastle-Antrim guard is the 2012 T.I.A. Chapter 6 Novice Guard Champions.

Other Tri-State area high schools performing Saturday include Waynesboro (Pa.), Chambersburg (Pa.), Smithsburg, South Hagerstown, Boonsboro and Musselman (W.Va.), along with middle school teams from Waynesboro and Western Heights.

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