Guard Captain Responsibilities 

 In order to assist the Color Guard Coach/Sponsor, these are the current responsibilities of the 2019 Winter Guard Team Captain(s); 


Being chosen as a Guard Captain is a privilege, and can be revoked at any time if the staff sees fit.  It is a leadership role that requires self-discipline and dedication.  As a member of the Marching Band Leadership, the Winter Guard Captain(s) must fulfill any leadership team duties assigned by the Band Director, Color Guard Instructor, other staff members, or Drum Major(s).  Winter Guard Captain responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Leading Stretches and Warmups

  • Starting rehearsal if the Instructor will be late due to work commitments

  • Assisting the Staff identifying problem areas or concerns within the show/work

  • Be the "eyes & ears" between the other Winter Guard Members and the Guard Instructor and Band Director - listen to your Winter Guard Team-Mates when they have issues or questions and then talk with the Instructor if the situation calls for it.

  • Encourage all team members to achieve their fullest potential

  • Be an example to other members of the Winter Guard



Team Assignment #1- Exam Grade 

View the article and discuss on wikiHOW which talks about How to Be a Good Section Leader.

Tips for Captains and Leaders

  • Organize get-togethers with your section.  This will help you and your section bond.

  • Pass on section traditions; handshakes, pre-competition/game traditions, any unusual sayings, etc.  This will keep the tradition alive, and it will establish a sense of being a part of something.

  • Make sectional t-shirts!

  • Tell everyone to come to sectionals early.  This way, time won't be lost waiting for people to show up.

  • Since you'll probably be able to drive while your section won't be, offer to give them rides home from practice or competitions if they need them.

  • Call your section a week before Winter Guard Sectionals start.  Remind of requirements, and suggest that they practice so they don't have to catch up during band camp.

  • If practical, try and get in contact with former section leaders of your section, and ask them for assistance.  This is a great way to learn from others, especially if you haven't been paying much attention to your past section leaders.

  • Do your best to offer advice in a way that doesn't hurt anyone's feelings.  For instance, instead of yelling at them for always missing the same choreography, say something like "by the way, we have to make sure we twist our wrist in order to all be performing that particular move correctly ... here, let me help you".  The wording is key.

  • Be funny and creative to motivate your section to do well.  Even be willing to sacrifice your dignity sometimes to do it.  You could try making a "deal" with your section, that if they all pass-off, they can pie you or make you do something else ridiculous.  Make goofy, bright colored hats for people to wear when they need to focus (all in fun, of course).

  • Feed them.  Food is a great motivation and it also offers your section a chance to bond with each other.  Bring breakfast on competition mornings, or hand out small pastries for no reason.  They'll love you for it.

  • Give rewards!  A really easy and ridiculous way to motivate your section is to give stickers to them when they do a good job.  For some reason, this works.  Offer to throw a movie party if everyone memorizes his or her routine by a certain date.


Do Not Yell or Threaten:

It is inappropriate for any of the student leaders to participate in negative forms of discipline.  You are a leader of your peers.  As such, it would be unwise for you to discipline them in any negative manner because the result would simply place you in opposition to your friends or classmates, breeding resentment.  All of the becomes more stressful.  No one wants their friends mad at them.  So it's important to look for positive methods of leadership and to allow the staff to step in when that doesn't work.

Ultimately, create an open channel of communication with your staff members.  Most of them have been there and can help you to navigate the sometimes difficult territory of being a leader of your peers.  There will be ups and downs, good days and bad days.  But if you are committed to treating everyone with respect and if you can put your own pride second, you are bound to earn the respect of your teammates and have a wonderful overall experience.  Keep things fun for your teammates and make THAT your number one priority!

View some tips on dealing with specific issues as a Winter Guard Captain or Leader on the Color Guard Educator site.  You can also view other articles on Team Management for Team Leaders (click on the link). 

Lead By Example!

This is probably the most important phrase you will need to adopt as a student leader.  You may not realize it now but you have tremendous influence over the younger members of the team and with this you have the opportunity to have a positive impact on their experience as performers.  Things that you do to help them or to make the season more fun will be remembered for years to come.  You will constantly be looked to as an example of what is acceptable behavior both at rehearsal and at social functions.  You may be scrutinized but you may even be admired.  It is a great responsibility to remember that you need to always set a good example.


1. Be on Time!

2.  Be Positive!

3.  Be the first to Volunteer for the "yucky" jobs. 

4.   Be prepared.

5.  Follow ALL the rules, ALL the time.

6.  Compliment others for things they've done well.

7.  NEVER use sarcasm in teaching.

8.  NEVER complain in front of other members

9.  Take care of your uniforms and equipment.

10.  Be respectful to your coaching staff at all times. 


It is important that you never forget that you are always leading through the example you set with your own behaviors and words.  You must set a good example at all times, as well as maintain a positive attitude.  Negative examples spread like wildfire. Positive examples inspire.  You cannot demand respect - it must be earned through your commitment to setting a positive example and being respectful, encouraging and supportive of everyone.