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The Marcus Color Guard is part of the Marcus High School Band organization. The Color Guard, sometimes referred to simply as the "Guard", enhances the musical efforts of the band through visual performance. The Color Guard performs as the primary visual component of the Marching Band in the fall as part of its competitive field production. In the winter and early spring, the Marcus Color Guard prepares a competitive indoor production of its own, set to recorded music, an activity known as Winter Guard. The Marcus Winter Guard competes from late January to early April.
The Marcus Color Guard receives instruction from well-known instructors who are highly regarded in the Color Guard arena. The Color Guard organization has its own booster club, with outstanding parental support.
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Color Guard Director
John Leonard, a native of Chicago, began his dance studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts and received his Bachelors of Arts with honors in dance from Columbia College of Chicago. Leonard continued his dance studies at Arizona State University where he was a graduate student and teaching assistant on scholarship. Leonard has performed with the Cavaliers and Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, Field of View and Pride of Cincinnati winter guards, Ludwig Dance Theatre, and the national and Japan tours of the Broadway show Blast.
A teacher and choreographer for nearly twenty years, his work has been seen in most of the fifty United States and even abroad in places like Thailand, Indonesia, and Japan. Mr. Leonard is in his eighth year as director of the Marcus Color Guard program, and has worked with distinguished organizations such as Fred J. Miller Clinics, Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, Crossmen, Lake Park High School, Centerville High School, First Flight, Field of View, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and Arizona State University. Leonard serves on the North Texas Colorguard Association (NTCA) executive board for the fifth consecutive year. For WGI, Leonard serves on the Color Guard Steering Committee as the A/Open representative.