Frequently asked questions
What is the GMU winterguard?
The GMU winterguard (a.k.a. GMU Guard, Mason Winterguard, Mason Colorguard) is an ensemble within Green Machine Ensembles at George Mason University. We are a participant with WGI and Atlantic Indoor Association, performing at multiple competitions and finals.
Where do we rehearse?
We typically rehearse on campus at George Mason University, but also have weekends off campus at locations like local middle schools, high schools, and recreational facilities.
Can anyone audition?
I earned a spot with the GMU winterguard!
What is the time commitment like?
Since we do not rehearse during the week, rehearsal is done during the weekends. We rehearse Friday evenings, all day Saturday, and Sunday until about 5pm. Similar to high school, rehearsal is mandatory in order to make progress on the show. Outside of rehearsal, the group travels to local and regional competitions, and WGI Finals in Dayton, Ohio. Competitions are also mandatory in order to ensure we are being correctly assessed as a full group.
How much are dues?
I don't live in Northern Virginia... Can I still be a part of the group?
YES! In the past, we have had members and staff travel to George Mason University from several different locations on the east coast. With enough commitment, you should be able to safely travel back and forth from rehearsal to your home state. Our local members are typically who you should talk to in order to find housing.