Football players run onto the field, their very presence creating a palpable feeling of excitement at Kuna High School. The student section goes crazy, and the cheerleaders only seem to egg them on. The timer seems to slow.
Three. The crowd is screaming.
Two. The student section is yelling out a rhyme.
One. Everything pauses, and then the halftime bell rings.
Almost immediately many game attendees stand from their seats to walk down to the concessions.
As people stand in line for concessions, over 100 band students run onto the field, standing in formation. In front, eight other students wander, confused. The music flares up into succession and the students who once looked confused now burst into a twirling and swirling choreography, sometimes holding flags.
It’s the color guard.
Kuna High School color guard debuted their first choreography number Sept. 7 during the first home varsity football game. The color guard is a performance group at Kuna High School.
The first ‘act’ was titled “Explore,” and it was the color guard’s first home performance of the year. The next few performances will follow the theme “Uncharted,” with “Lost” being performed Friday, Sept. 28 during the varsity home game halftime.
To prepare, color guard students practice with the marching band 5 p.m. to almost 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. This isn’t the color guard’s only practice time though. It also has a class dedicated to the group. Colby Brinker, co-captain of the color guard, and Madi Holmes, the other co-captain, have class every other day for about 80 minutes.
The color guard is part of the Kuna Gold Band and Guard. The Gold Band and Guard is composed of not only the color guard but also the wind ensemble, the concert band, and two jazz bands. And all of this is run by Kuna Band Director Skyler Krall.
In total color guard practices about 10.5 hours every week.
“Practice, practice, practice,” Holmes said. “It never ends.”
But no matter how much practice color guard students goes through, they still love it. Color guard students describe being in color guard as being like a family.
“(We) started out as friends,” Holmes said. “(But) it turned into more.”
For Brinker, color guard is a place of emotional release.
“I can be sad or happy,” Brinker said. “I can be free to dance.”