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April 6, 2012

Triton color guard wins New England championship

BYFIELD — The Triton Regional High School Winter Color Guard took home its first championship medal March 31 at the New England Winter Color Guard Championship, presented by the New England Scholastic Band Association at Reading High School.

The 12-member Triton guard competed against 10 other winter color guards in its division, Local Scholastic Regional A, and received a score of 95.2 to claim the championship.

The group members, who are in eighth through 12th grade, are captain Laura Johnson, Julia Snelling, Taylor Martens, Michelle Anderson, Alissa Stevenson, Alessandra Greco, Rose Gaffin, Kaylin Blaney, Ana Perreault, Christine Denaro, Emily Booth and Ashley Greco. Instructors are Leah Pelletier, Neil Butler and Liz Butler.

According to Pelletier, color guard is "the sport of the arts," incorporating music, dance and acting. Winter color guard is similar to the color guards seen in marching bands and drum corps, but performed indoors. The sole focus is on the art of spinning flags, rifles and sabers, Pelletier says.

The Winter Color Guard, which falls under Triton's Department of Visual and Performing Arts, led by Sue Densmore, began its season in November and started competing in February. The group's show, titled "Wherever You Will Go" set to the song of the same name by Charlene Soraia, portrayed the struggles of growing up and trying to hold on to childhood memories, a concept that guard members could easily relate to.

The group practiced at least 12 hours a week for the New England championship, hoping to beat a guard from Everett that had held the first-place position all season, and emerged from the competition with the medal, Pelletier says.

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