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"Winter guard is the sport of indoor color guard. Modern color guard is a combination of the use of flags, sabers, mock rifles, and other equipment, as well as dance and other interpretive movement. Color guards can be found in high schools, middle schools, some universities, and also some independent organizations, some of which are related to drum corps." - Winter Guard International
Lake Area Independent Winterguard exists to foster positive experiences for all participating members by promoting educational clinics, creativity, and freedom of expression through unification of pageantry and performing arts.
Lake Area Indendepent is an independent winter guard competing in the Louisiana-Mississippi Color Guard and Percussion Circuit. Lake Area made its debut in February of 2013 with a show entitled "Almost Lover." We competed in Independent A Class and began as an opportunity for high school students in Southwest Louisiana the opportunity to participate in the activity. Lake Area finished the season as Silver medalist!
2014 was an off-building season and 2015 we came back strong with "10 Years Later" - a show commemorating the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina - in Independent World Class and finished as the WGI Pensacola World Class Champions and the LMCGPC World Class Champions.
With our 2016 program, "Monotony: Life on the other Side," Lake Area Independent finished the 2016 season as WGI Pensacola World Class Champions, LMCGPC World Class Champions, and a WGI World Championships Independent World participant for the 1st time in our history!
2017 brought about a year of growth in our educational programming with the introduction of more advanced movement. With a show designed by Michael Lentz and taught by a talented world class staff, "Awakening" - a show inspired by the meditative art of Kundalini - received the Independent World Gold Medal at LMCGPC Championships, an appearance in WGI Southwest Power Regional finals, and an impressive performance at WGI World Championships.
Lake Area Independent Winterguard is an award-winning performing arts color guard that is run by a group of directors from the months of October through April. We also hold educational clinics during the summer months for high school and college students who elect to participate.
We are based out of Westlake High School in Westlake, LA. Our Organization is funded solely by membership fees, charitable donations, and proceeds from the educational clinics we conduct.
We compete in the Louisiana-Mississippi Color Guard & Percussion Circuit and currently compete in the Independent Open Class at Winter Guard International Championships.