The Academy Winter Youth Guard
2023 Season Info


The Academy is excited to offer this great program for our 18th year of activity. This program is designed for elementary & middle school students, ages 5-14. This activity is a great way to prepare students for high school guard programs or marching bands by introducing such elements as marching & drill. In addition, students will learn basic color guard skills & how to perform them!

The Academy Winter Youth Guard (AWYG) program begins this year in January and continues to April.  We plan to participate in the WGAZ circuit events in person with one performing team.  Participants will be required to wear a mask in rehearsal.  Mask wearing will be optional at performances.

Membership fees will be $275 and will cover the 2023 costume, show shirt, instruction, and equipment rental. 

Register here

Season Schedule

First meeting/Open House/Equipment Check Out/Practice will be held Sunday, January 8, 2023. Please note that this will be a full rehearsal that will span the entire scheduled time. All rehearsal etiquette, safety protocols, and parent information can be gathered on this day. This meeting is a MANDATORY and one parent/guardian must be at the meeting. Thanks so much!

Rehearsal dates:  Sunday, January 8 – Sunday, March 26, 2023

Rehearsal schedule:  Sundays from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm 

Location: Summit Academy, 1560 W. Summit Place, Chandler, AZ 85224


Performance Schedule:

February 18, 2023 at Desert Vista High School

February 25, 2023 at Casa Grande Union High School

March 3, 2023 Guard Focus Show at Gilbert High School

March 25, 2023 at Campo Verde High School

April 1, 2023 WGAZ Championships at Millennium High School


Questions? Contact Jamie Warhus at

Safety Protocols

To ensure the health and safety of all performers and staff, we will be updating and evolving safety protocols as recommended by site requirements, and community guidelines.  Participants and families will be notified as guidelines are updated and evolve over time.