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The SMCHS Color Guard is a competitive performance group within the Performing Arts Department. This award-winning group performs year-round, with competitions in the first and second semester.

Color guard is both an athletic and artistic extra-curricular activity, which consists of a fusion of dance with flag, rifle, and saber choreography. At Santa Margarita, the color guard is comprised of both new and experienced performers. Members of the color guard receive extensive training in dance, equipment, and performance. Through detailed training of the basics and exposure to choreography, color guard students learn about fitness, movement, music, and artistic expression.

All color guard performers receive P.E credits for the duration of their time in the program.

During the fall semester, the color guard performs as a part of our marching band, the SMCHS Eagle Regiment. The band and guard perform at school events, home football games, and marching band competitions throughout the fall season. Training for the fall season begins during summer Guard and Band Camp. Training continues during eighth period rehearsals throughout the semester.

During the spring semester, the color guard performs independently from the marching band in the SMCHS Winter Guard. Winter guard competitions take place indoors to pre-recorded music. The guard continues their eighth period training and competes throughout the winter and spring months. The SMCHS Winter Guard is Southern California’s current RAA Silver Medalist!

Color Guard clinics and auditions take place in the springtime. All students are welcome, and no prior experience is necessary.

The SMCHS Color Guard is under the direction of Color Guard Instructor, Katie Cordina, and Band Director, Mr. Michael Whang.

“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”
― Martha Graham

For more information, please contact Katie Cordina at