Contributing Writer Kelly Bell
Tyler’s John Tyler High School Color Guard has earned top honors at the Marching Auxiliaries National Competition in Ft. Worth. Members Nayeli Aguilar, Nicole Allen, Lanisha Bowie, Melanie Johnson, Cortlyn Long, Brianna Nickerson, Ranecia Sanders and Nick Sheffield worked hard and long preparing for the competition.
The team performed two routines. The first was a lyrical number of the theme from Twilight, incorporating both jazz dancing and ballet moves. The second was Tribal, featuring Serengeti aboriginal dancing and chanting. Among the equipment props used by the team were flags, rifles and sabers.
“The creativity of their routines set them apart from other teams,” said JT Assistant Director of Bands Dale Faulks. “Their performances were spectacular and they represented John Tyler in a grand fashion!”
The eight-member team pulled down National Championship trophies for the flag/rifle and winter guard events. They also earned the National Championship Winners’ trophy for achieving the highest score in any single event–scoring 290 out of a possible 300 points. In solo events Sheffield won a second place trophy, and Allen earned a third place trophy.