Q&A: Hope Ciarrochi (10)

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Hope Ciarrocchi (10) wears a shirt she received at the Bands of America competition. Ciarrocchi has been in winter guard for five years.

Nicole Reitz

Q: How did the competition go this weekend?  

A: [The competition] went well. We got eighth place out of 64 bands.

Q: What is the name of the competition?

A: [The competition was named] The Bands of America Super Regional [and was located] in Indianapolis.

Q: How did you get interested in joining winter guard?

A:  [I joined winter guard because] I went to the call out meeting in middle school and it sounded kind of fun, so I showed up [at the meeting] just to see what was going on.

Q: How long have you been in guard?

A:This will be my fifth year in guard.

Q: How much do you practice throughout the week?

A: We practice Tuesday through Saturday every week.

Q: What is the goal for this season?

A: [The goal] is to get a good score and get into finals.

Q: What is your favorite part about winter guard?

A: My favorite part [about winter guard] is the feeling when you perform and the adrenaline rush.

Q:How does winter guard prepare you for color guard?

A: [Winter guard is] a lot more individualized and it helps you get better and learn more skills than the people who don’t do winter guard.

Q: How do the upperclassmen help underclassmen?

A: If [the underclassmen] have their hands in the wrong spot we can show them how to fix the problem.

Q: Do you have any advice for the incoming freshmen next year?

A: If you think you want to do [winterguard] come try it out. It’s a lot of fun.