Color Guard / Winter Guard

The McLean High School Color Guard is a vital component of the Marching Band, and it continues to grow each year. Under the direction of Kaitlyn Ries the Color Guard consists of student athlete/performers who spin, toss, dance and perform with flags, rifles and sabres to enhance the Marching Band field show performance. They are integral to the Marching Band in the summer and fall, and may not necessarily be members of the band music program. Participating in color guard demands athleticism, coordination, strength, artistry and a passion to perform!

At the conclusion of the fall marching season the McLean Winter Guard program begins. Two winter guard teams (Red and Silver) train and compete in the Scholastic division in the Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA) Winter Guard, and World Guard International  (WGI) competition circuits. Members learn fundamentals and develop their skills in the Cadet program (which is also open to middle school students in the McLean pyramid). Students will audition for placement on the Red and Silver teams.

A third winter guard team, the Grey team, will compete in local competitions to gain experience. Participation in Winter Guard is a great way for current McLean students to continue to develop performance skills after Marching Band season, and it is a great opportunity for middle school students to get an early start learning alongside high school student-athletes in one of the largest guard programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia! See Winter Guard Videos.

What is Winter Guard?

If you have any questions about the Color Guard or Winter Guard programs contact the Guard Director, Ms. Kaitlyn Ries at, or the Guard Program parent liaison at