The Academy Winter Youth Guard
2022 Season Info


The Academy is excited to offer this great program for our 17th 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 with be optional at performances.

Membership fees will be $250 and will cover the 2022 costume, show shirt, instruction, and equipment rental. 

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Season Schedule

First meeting/Open House/Equipment Check Out/Practice will be held Sunday, January 2, 2022. 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 2 – Saturday, April 2, 2022

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

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


Performance Schedule:

February 12, 2022 at Eastmark High School

February 26, 2022 at Casa Grande Union High School

March 5, 2022 Guard Focus Show at Gilbert High School

March 26, 2022 at Basha High School

April 2, 2022 WGAZ Championships (West Valley)


Questions? Contact Jamie Warhus at

Safety Protocols

To ensure the health and safety of all performers and staff, ALL participants are required to follow safety protocols in order to be a part of our 2021 season:

  • Masks are required for ALL staff, participants, and family spectators at all times during youth guard rehearsals and while on the facility site.  Masks will be optional at performances, pending any new safety measures put in place by Winter Guard Arizona (WGAZ).
  • Masks must fully cover the face. Masks with holes and/or vents are not acceptable.
  • Families must complete the AWYG Health Screening Questionnaire (can be done from phone with google form) prior to EVERY rehearsal in order to participate.
  • Participants will have their temperature taken upon arrival to rehearsal and will be immediately sent home if their temperature is above 100˚F.
  • Participants should stay home if they are feeling sick or symptomatic.
  • Participants must bring a filled water bottle to all rehearsals.
  • Failure to adhere to the safety protocols by participants and their families will result in removal from the 2022 program.