Trumansburg Color Guard

Spinning Since 1981


The Trumansburg Color Guard was started in 1981 to accompany the band to spring band pageants. After two successful years, a booster club was formed and the go ahead was given by the band director, Joe Prevost, to begin winter competition.

1983 This 27 member group in their harem pants competed in the Mid-York Class B. After winning five shows the guard took the Class B Championship at Marcus Whitman. Music was an eclectic mixture of Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder and Pat Benatar. Carol Calhoun and Dennis Morris were the instructors.

1984 Performing to the music of Veteran Cosmic Rocker and Bacchanal the guard moved up to Class A and finished 3rd at Mid-York. A new junior guard was formed and they finished 5th in Mid-York Class B. This was also the first year of the "The Changing of the Guard" and this annual event continues to be the guard's largest fund-raiser and a great opportunity to show color guard to the community. Beth and Chris Calhoun join the Staff.

1985 In the final year of the harem pants multiple equipment and log exchanges highlighted "Polovetsian Dances', (an announcer's favorite) and "Bacchanal". After an undefeated season in Mid-York A, the guard won a memorable championship against Ithaca (led by future T-Burg instructors Joe Massicci and Jeff Magacs). the 30 member Junior guard performed to the music of the "Cars" with Ken Walruth at the helm. T-Burg made the first trip to WGI and finished 13th in High School A.

1986 The colors switched to teal green and the music continued classical as the guard performed to "Gayne Ballet". Mid-York moved us to National Class and WGI moved us to The World Class. The guard finished 2nd in Mid-York, 5th at the NE Regional, 3rd at the Eastern Regional, and 15th at WGI. No one there could forget that first performance in the Dayton Arena.

1987 Long flowing skirts and probably the most insane equipment book ever made "Gayne Ballet-Part 2" a challenging season. The guard won big shows at the Boston Regional and the Mid-Atlantic Regional. A 3rd place finish at Mid-York was disappointing but a 12th place finish at Dayton solidified T-burg as a WGI contender.

1988 Stravinsky's "Patroushka," a Ballet about puppets coming to life provided a great finale to the careers of 9 seniors. Props, backdrops, and 150 pieces of equipment made this a spectacular show which took 2nd at Boston, 2nd at Mid-Atlantic, and 1st at the Northeast Regional. An 8th place Finalist finish at Dayton was the highest placing in T-burg History and helped to take the sting out of a 3rd place finish in Mid-York. Joe Rocke joins the staff and adds new meaning to the word subtle. The junior guard took a world trip on the "Love Boat".

1989 Another big production as this young guard performed to "Pictures at an Exhibition". The guard finally beat North Syracuse, then lost on a penalty, and had a strong 2nd place at the Northeast Regional. Another top 15 finish at Dayton went up in smoke in a memorable prop disaster. The Junior Guard did an all "Native" show and a new group of young performers were on their way.

1990 "Fred's Murder Mystery" was probably the most unique program in guard history. It presented a murder mystery, showed the suspects and motives and allowed the audience to vote for their favorite villain. Unfortunately the mystery was never solved as the guard disbanded at mid-season due to training violations. The big moment for T-burg came when the Junior guard went to WGI and performed an outstanding 27th place in High School A to "Din-da-dah".

1991 The "Red Show" or Gayne III allowed a new staff to begin to bring T-Burg Senior back. While wins were infrequent, many of today's staff marched and learned that not all the values of color guard are in scores alone. Jeff Magacs finally sees that Trumansburg is the capital of Tompkins County and joins the staff.

1992 "The Winter Show" to the music of "Carol of the Bells" brought the guard back up the competitive ladder. As finalist at several Regionals and semi-finalist at Dayton, a third place finish at Mid-York was the highlight. Branches from the school grounds added a natural touch. The Junior Guard, with Rich and Sally Carland leading, begins a series of theme shows with their "Arabian Nights".

1993 "Sunsinger" to the music of Paul Winter remains a favorite show of many T-Burg fans. A huge backdrop painted by Chris Carricillo provided a beautiful vista to Chris Calhoun's first drill. A narrow loss to Naples at Mid-York, the first real win over CNS and a 7th place finish in HS open at Dayton were among the big moments. The Juniors do "Spies & Private Eyes" complete with a lit bomb. Amanda Wright and Sara Cretser make their color guard debut.

1994 "Voix de Bulgarie" with its extravagant costuming, bombastic equipment and the first of the now traditional T-Burg lifts made for a stunning show. Finally a Mid-York National Class Championship after so many disappointments. Regional wins now become expected again. At Dayton the Open Class Championship was a showdown, which is still talked about today with T-Burg taking away the silver medal. The Junior Guard does "A Pirate Show".

1995 The water show marked T-Burg's return to World Class. Surprising many "experts" the guard jumped past many schools to go right to the finals in their first year in "World". Another Mid-York Championship at North Syracuse capped off an undefeated local season. The Junior Guard featured the sights and sounds of Auto Racing. Amanda White works on her driving skills.

1996 "Remembrance" was a particularly emotional show based upon the personal memories of individual members of the guard. Each performance featured a particular memory of one member. This original approach won T-Burg many plaudits for their originality and another Finalist spot in Dayton. A WGI "Focus" article featured Trumansburg noting that T-Burg is by far the smallest school participation at the WGI World Class. The Junior Guard did "Strike It Up" with many of today's performers getting their 1st taste of color guard and Lisa Clark joined the Jr. Staff. Jessica Palmer joined the Sr. Staff after graduating in 1995.

1997 The music of "Led Zeppelin" marked a huge style change which gave T-Burg one of its most crowd-pleasing shows. Ten seniors performed in this energetic and sometimes controversial show which rocked the Mid-York circuit for its 4th straight championship. The guard traveled to Phoenix, Arizona for WGI and while we missed the finals, the experience was incredible for a group who had been together for seven years in many cases. The Junior guard performed to "Hold On" with Dennis Morris and Stacey Clark coming back to T-Burg.

1998 This was a rebuilding year for T-Burg with Chris, Beth, Carol and Chris C. retiring after 14 years with the guard. Due to the large graduating class, the Sr. and Jr. Guards merged. This diverse group and new staff spent a challenging year in Mid-York AA. The music was by Desiree and the members showed true growth. High-lights of the year included great performances at the Northeast Regional and successful trip to Dayton (with probably the youngest guard there) that included a season high score of 78 (89 on the Mid-York scale) and the first viewing of this type of event for 80% of the members.

1999 The music of Sara McLachlin provided an introspective look at the uncertainties of life. The guard was promoted to AAA and responded with a 5th place finish at Mid-York. In regional competition T-Burg made the finals at both the Northeast and Mid-Alantic competitions and in the process defeated the eventual Mid-York champion 3 times. At Dayton the guard missed semi-finals by a slim margin giving an outstanding final performance for the three Seniors, Amanda White, Amanda Wright & Sara Cretser. The Junior Guard came back to life as its 17 members performed to the music of Martha Wash's "Catch the Light." Tim Gallagher and 1988 Trumansburg Graduate Debbie Simmons Kippola provided the leadership.

2000 The Senior Guard presented a very entertaining and humorous rendition of Appalachian Fantasy. Set on a foreclosed farm, poor old Farmer Jones tried to drown his sorrows and dreamed that his Scarecrow had come to life. Hoots and hollers punctuated a crowd pleasing performance which culminated in Bronze medals at the Mid-York championships. The Junior Guard went back to ancient Greece to a performance of Hercules. A very young guard learned much about color guard and performed a crowd-pleasing show.

2001 While small in size, the Senior Guard presented a complex and difficult show of Spanish guitar music. With a 60-foot wide painting of a guitar on the floor, some judges even understood it. A near miss at Norristown and a hot performance in Milwaukee (a new town) were the competitive highlights, though all members now watch the Discovery Channel after a trip to the Milwaukee Zoo. Kari Winkleblack and Heather Vesley finished out great 7-year careers. The Junior Guard tackled TV's latest phenomenon with "Survivor" set on a deserted island. Lisa Gardner joined the staff, adding much energy.

2002 While even smaller is size the Senior Guard took on a new challenge in regards to music and meter, performing to the dissonant cords of Icelandic Princess Bjork. While the concept was unique and somewhat confusing at the start of the season, a strong equipment book and militaristic uniforms (not to mention the 12 foot tall number props) allowed the guard a respectable finish both locally and nationally. Brandy Wright is this year’s Senior. Barry Obergefell and Cheryl Myers came on staff this year; while Stacey and Lisa Clark made this their last season with the guard. Jessica Palmer and Angela Hudson wrote and taught the Junior guard Show to the "Hazy Shades of WInter"  

2003 Small seems to be the on going theme for the Sr. Guard. Six members accomplished a successful season performing to Time is a Healer, by Eva Cassidy. The Sr. guard made finals in the Scholastic A Class at the Connecticut Regional Championships and placed 4 th at the Mid York Championships in the SA2 Class, missing 3 rd place by only 1/10 th of a point! Nice accomplishments for a guard of only 6 people! Seniors for this season are Tara Mayes and Kati Sterling. The Junior Guard performed to Santana's "Smooth" under the direction of Dennis Morris and Brandy Wright   

2004 Continuing on the “small” theme, the Sr. Guard had seven members and moved into the Regional A Classification. Using the song Read ‘em and Weep by Barry Manilow, the Sr. Guard had a surprisingly undefeated season and won the Mid York Circuit Championships in the Scholastic Regional A Class. The Junior Guard, after a slow start, came on strong to Finish 4th place at Mid-York in the Novice class performing to Vanessa Williams' "Save the Best For Last." 

2005 The Sr. Guard tried something out of their comfort zone by performing to Fever , a version by Michael Buble’. The guard had moved up to the Scholastic A Class and had moderate success. The highlight was beating a few guards in prelims at the World Championships and the many complements on our wigs!! The Jr. Guard saw great success in the Novice Class. Performing to Mummer’s Dance by Loreena McKennitt, the guard placed Second at the Mid York Championships and all members brought home a silver medal!

2006 The Sr. Guard, in the Scholastic A Class, performed The Doors, which had nothing to do with the legendary Jim Morrison. Performing to Music by Uakti, pronounced "wah-keh-chee" and produced by Phillip Glass, the Sr. Guard incorporated 8 blue doors, eventually turning them to expose the green side. A Fifth place finish at Mid York Championships. The Jr. Guard performed to Come Clean by Hillary Duff and had moved up to the Scholastic Regional A Class, where they placed 10 th at Mid York Championships.

2007 The Sr. Guard performed Love at the Five and Dime by Nancy Griffith.  The Jr. Guard performed I Can See Clearly Now. Both guards came home with Silver medals for their performances at Mid York Championships in SA2 and IRA respectively. View the 2007 Routine.

2008 The Sr. Guard performed Thank You, Stars by Katie Melua and brought home the Silver medal at Mid York Championships in SA2.  The Jr. Guard performed to Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper, placing 5th at Mid York Championships in the IRA Class. View the 2008 Routine.

2009 The Sr. Guard performed A Song For You by The Carpenters.  A lounge singer approach with a floor painted like a piano and bar stools as props awarded the guard a Gold Medal in SA2.  The Jr. Guard performed to a dance version of Petula Clark’s Down Town and placed 5th in the IRA class.  To date, this is the last Jr. Guard season. View the 2009 Routine.

2010 Initially the Sr. Guard wasn’t going to compete; and as of this date this is the last competitive season for the Sr. Program.  Utilizing a floor of the world, and a much decreased practice schedule, the guard performed to David Gray’s Disappearing WorldView the 2010 Routine.

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