Sports

On Saturday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Mineola High School gymnasium, the Mineola High School Rockettes Winter Colorguard and the Mineola Music Parents will again play host to the finest indoor colorguards and drumlines in the tri-state area in the fifth annual Celebration of Color.

This event will showcase 15 talented groups in an incredible evening of artistry, music, performance and competition.__

"Only four years ago, we set out to introduce this incredible activity to our community, and to celebrate and showcase the talent and hard work of the area's finest indoor ensembles," said Mineola's District Supervisor of Fine Arts Peter Freeman. "Since then, A Celebration of Color has grown to become an incredible event that is perfect for the entire family. Last year, we had nearly 1000 spectators and over 200 performers. In a single evening, we turn an audience full of first-time spectators into full-fledged fans."

This year, the Mineola Music Parents Association, the guard staff, and, of course, the performers have been working tirelessly to ensure an even more successful event. Proceeds help offset the cost of travel for the Rockettes 2009 season, a four-month tour of appearances at local, regional and national-level competitions in six states and punctuated by Mineola's third appearance at the Winter Guard International World Championships.

In November, as the fall marching band season concludes, the segment of the ensemble that visualizes the music with flags, rifles and sabers - the colorguard - and the musical pulse of the marching ensemble - the drumline - reorganize and become separate indoor performance ensembles.

Members continue their training rehearsing upwards of 10 hours a week. Designers and coaches broaden the students' skills- teaching them challenging original productions that_combine elements of music, dance, theater and athletics. These intricate routines incorporate scenery, props and costumes that transform high school gymnasiums into thematic environments.

The ensembles perform in weekly competitions from January to April, evolving and perfecting their productions based on suggestions from judges who scrutinize elements of staging, equipment and body movements, musicality, originality and entertainment quality. At the_same time, audiences are swept away by the breath-taking feats of skill, complicated musical adaptations and sophisticated, artistic programs that these ensembles present.

This is competition as exhilarating as that of any athletic event, and also a form of performance art that evokes thought, entertains and inspires. The performers seek reward not only in the competitive scores but in the thrill of performing to thunderous applause.__

Mineola is again ready to bring the excitement of this incredible activity to Long Island. The fifth annual Celebration of Color will be the best opportunity to see this year's spectacular edition of both of the Mineola Rockettes performance ensembles and all of the tri-state area's most talented indoor ensembles in local competition.__

The event on Jan. 24 at Mineola High School at 4 p.m. is a perfect family activity with an admission of $8 for adults and $5 for students, children and seniors, sold at the door. A full menu of delicious, home-cooked meals and snacks as well as souvenirs and spirit items will also be available for sale.__

For more information contact the Mineola High School Fine Arts Department at 237-2625._Or visit Winter Guard International, the national organization of winter colorguard and drumlines, at www.wgi.org.


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