by Amber Bennett
The Foley High School Band has recently hired new teachers for the 2018-2019 school year, including new staff members for the color guard section.
The purpose of the color guard is to interpret the music that the marching band is playing with synchronized work through flags, sabres, rifles, and dance. The color guard is also one of the most important sections in the band for scoring in the visual aspect at competitions.
The new staff members in charge of the color guard are Giavonna Fresh and Josh Nelson. Giavonna and Josh are both credible and reliable teachers chosen for getting the job done.
About Giavonna Fresh
Giavonna Fresh is 19 years old and graduated with the class of 2017 at Foley High School. She has now become the head director for the color guard section in the Foley Band. Giavonna is taking classes at Coastal Alabama Community College in the fall to earn her Associate’s Degree in teaching. She first worked as a hostess at the Cracker Barrel in Foley, but her current job is at the Track in Gulf Shores.
In the next five years, she plans to accomplish graduating college with a teaching degree, finding a school to teach at as a history teacher, and to hopefully become a part of the color guard staff at that school and help build their program as she currently does with Foley.
Her father has always been the person who has influenced her the most by supporting whatever decision she makes and not letting anything stand in the way of accomplishing her goals. He has shown her that sometimes in life things don’t go your way, and you just have to get up and keep going. Her best asset is persistency in striving to never give up and to always give 100% in everything she does.
Giavonna decided to teach color guard because of her love for the sport, helping people, and watching the girls in guard learn and grow over time. Color guard has also always been her home away from home and has helped her grow not only as a performer, but also as a teacher. She has been part of The Mighty Band from Lion Land and Foley High School Winter Guard all four years of her high school time. You can see how Giavonna is super qualified for being the director of our color guard with the amount of experience and work she has done in this program.
About Josh Nelson
Josh Nelson is 18 years old and graduated with the class of 2018 at Foley High School. He has now become a volunteer staff member for the color guard section in the Foley Band. Josh currently attends Spring Hill College as a full-time student, majoring in biochemistry to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Science. His first job was and still is landscaping for his family owned company.
In the next five years, he plans to accomplish graduating college with a science degree and finding himself a career that will push him to the next level and making him financially sound. His mother has influenced Josh in everything from becoming a drum major for three years, being a member of Foley Winterguard for two years, or simply applying for college. She has always been his biggest supporter and never let him give up on his dreams. Josh states, “I am truly blessed to have had a woman like herself in my life to give me that push that all young adults need to achieve greatness.” Josh’s best asset is his drive to achieve perfection or close to it. He understands what it takes to be a champion and is ready to share that knowledge.
Josh decided to help teach color guard because it is what he loves to do, along with helping color guard members realize that achieving the impossible is possible throughout everything they do in life, including color guard. The fine arts have become a major escape from all the problems in the world for him. Josh has been part of The Mighty Band from Lion Land for three years as a drum major and Foley High School Winterguard for two years of his high school time. With the amount of experience and work he has done for Foley’s band program, it is obvious that Josh will be a credible and dependable staff member for the Foley High School Band.
Winterguard is an indoor color guard sport usually performed during the winter or spring, where the guard performs unaccompanied by the band to a piece of pre-recorded music. They typically consist of girls but may include boys as well. The gymnasium floor typically is covered by an individually designed tarp (called a floor mat or floor by members) that generally reflects the show being performed on it. Occasionally the floor only acts as a backdrop, so that the audience is drawn towards what the members are doing. The members may perform barefoot, but wearing jazz shoes or modern dance shoes is also common.
Foley High School’s 2018 Winterguard show was titled “Not With Haste,” and a picture of the members in it is shown below. The video for the show is also on YouTube from GCGPC Championships.
Pictured in the photo above (left to right)
Last row: Hope O’cain, Phoenix Bare, Mykenzie Spaller, Presley Middleton, Gary Durant(director), Alexius McGaster, Genesis Rivera, Oliveya Johnson
Middle row: Ally Miller, Amber Bennett, Josh Nelson, Mckenzie Stiles, Alyson Austin, Nicole Fisher
Front row: Deanna Shire, Zoe Mornan, Omega Adams, Sandra Marshall, Sarah Trattles