John Coffelt Staff  Writer Coffee County Central High School winter guard’s season is winding down, but before starting the fall color guard season, the team is celebrating a series of wins at competitions across the region. Winter guard is a competition version of the color guard. Their routines are more precise – focusing on the fine arts aspect that has grown from military color guards. The team performs with the band at Red Raider football games. CHS Color Guard Director Jacob Breed explained, “The program is a competitive color guard sport during the winter season, comprised of students learning routines with flags, rifles and sabers to a song of our choosing.” The color guard directors design a show around the song and a general theme. This year’s theme was the hardest part, breakup, melancholy show. “It was set to a somber song for competition,” he said. Over the season, the team competed in six competitions across the Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky areas. “We scored third place a couple of times and first in our last three competitions. Our students were also named Tennessee State Champions in their classification for this competitive season,” Breed said. So much more than just a spin and a twirl  Breed said in addition to spinning, the proper term for rotating in the hand a flag, saber or even a rifle, the team uses fundamentals comprised ballet elements (modified feet and arm positions). “A lot of it is derived from the original color guard of ROTC of the military, merged into a fine arts sector. We use specific things from ballet, modern dance and other small techniques to put on a show like this in dynamic way,” Breed said. He explained that precision is key for the winter competitions when the judges are likely sitting on the front row of the bleachers. “Winter guard is more advanced. Students on the football field, the moves are more basic, big moves visual for the whole field,” he said. Those competitions usually have only one judge for the whole half-time show. “All the judges are much closer (for the winter guard). They could be on the front row and the students just on the basketball court. All the moves have to be precise   – all the feet positions the same (first through fifth like in ballet). Color Guard director Daniel Purcell and students from the winter guard helped guide the would-be spinners though, learning a routine and working on some of the basics of dance; les rondes de  jambe (a drill that involves pushing through first position in a circuit of the leg from a forward tendu, around to a tendu derriere through again to front), feet and arm positions and how to plié or bend the knees to cushion a landing. All that before picking up a flag. Color Guard This last week, the directors held auditions for the fall season, when the team shifts gears and performs in a more traditional way with the band during half time performances at the football games. Middle school and high school students gathered at the high school for a workshop and auditions. “The fall is entirely on the football field and a few competitions. The winter guard, we completely transfer over to a basketball court-sized performance floor and the band isn’t present for,” Breed clarified.