The Fishers High School Open Guard was named State Champions March 6 at the Indiana High School Color Guard Association Open Guard Class. The 22-member team has been perfecting its routine since November 2018.
The same performance is used at each competition. This year’s show is “A Self-Evident Truth.”
“It centers around four influential leaders who fought for social change, equality and justice for all,” said Kylee Hubbard, FHS color guard director. “Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy all had a common dream that a state of love for everyone could exist.”
Parts of the show pulled directly from the four men’s influential speeches.
“The song we use is a cover of ‘Abraham, Martin and John’ called ‘Abraham, Martin, John and Bobby,’” Hubbard said. “It was written in a moment of despair after Robert’s death. It’s really beautiful.”
The group participates in regional competitions to perfect the show.
“The more you compete in events, the more you’re able to be critiqued and make changes to the routine,” Hubbard said. “The more you’re performing for people in the stands, the more you get to share the story of their show.”
Winning the state competition wasn’t easy.
“For those that don’t know, Indiana is, without a doubt, a very hot spot for this activity,” Hubbard said. “I just think there is a lot of talent in the area, so to win a state championship is a big deal.”
The group will take its show to the April 3-6 WGI World Competition.
“All I can ask is that they grow and they’re giving their best,” Hubbard said. “That’s what we dictate their success on. They’re so mature and so kind and work well together as a team.”
For more, visit fishersband.org/guard/.