NEW ALBANY • While the indoor program started six years ago, the New Albany High School band’s color guard is still missing its own floor. A recent Facebook competition from the Colibri Winter Guard might change things for them.
On June 23, Colibri Winter Guard, an independent North Mississippi winter guard, made a Facebook post announcing they would be donating their 2019 floor to a school.
“It’s good publicity for the indoor sport, as it is. It’s a growing sport in the band world. It’s different from marching band, it’s different from concert band, and it gives [participants] a place to shine,” said New Albany High School Band Director David Hopple.
Among qualifications were that participants be an MIA member or participate in local North Mississippi shows and that the winner preferably be a school that lacks the ability to purchase their own floor. The deadline for program submissions was July 3.
Other programs participating in the competition are Enterprise High School, Desoto Central High School, North Tippah Alliance winter guard and Hatley High School. According to Colibri Winger Guard’s June 8 Facebook post, the winner will be announced based on which individual school entry photo receives the most traffic. Each entry includes a short paragraph detailing why that school wants to be considered for a floor.
Hopple said his program entered the competition because it was a great opportunity to get much needed equipment. According to the New Albany High School band entry, the program saved years for their own floor but recently used their money to purchase needed equipment. In the meantime, they have been borrowing floors. Hopple said that being gifted the floor would help his students be more competitive and allow assistant band director Nathan Waycaster to teach the students on their own floor.
“It would just make the job a whole lot easier if we had our own equipment,” Hopple said.
Voting ends Sunday night, and the winner will be announced Monday, July 15. Additional details of the competition can be found on the Colibri Winter Guard’s Facebook page.