#MRTS: 2017-2018 Colorguard

Colorguard#MavsRaiseTheStandard - Colorguard

The Marshall ISD Colorguard program is offered at both Marshall High School and Marshall Junior High School, and extends throughout basically the entire school year. From marching band season in the fall through competition season in the spring, the MISD Colorguard stays busy and has steadily grown into one of the fastest-rising programs in the area, if not the state of Texas.

Led by director Crystal Walker and assistant director Darby Shankle, the MHS Colorguard/Winterguard squad has enjoyed a run of success this year in competition. Here are just a few of the accomplishments and achievements of Marshall ISD's Colorguard in 2017-2018:


  • Received "Best Colorguard" recognition at the Mineola Marching Contest
  • Received "Superior" ratings throughout marching season
  • Along with the Big Red Pride band, received "Superior" rating from all judges at UIL Marching Contest
  • Advanced to the Area level of competition during marching band season


North Texas Colorguard Circuit Competitions
  • Received first place and moved up to a harder division based on talent level. Now classified as "Scholastic A" in competition.
  • Won two second-place and one third-place trophy during preliminary competition season in the new division
  • Placed fourth overall at North Texas Colorguard Association (NTCA) spring championships

Marching Auxiliaries Circuit
  • Won 16 total awards at regional competition. Team won "Winners Circle Award,'" which is the top award at the competition.
  • Received Choreography Award
  • Hailey Herrington, Kelsie Campbell, D'Sherrick Williams, and Terry Davis won first place in their solos and were Regional Champions.
  • Team laced second overall at Nationals. Individually, D'Sherrick Williams, Hailey Herrington and a trio (Molly Corl, Kelsie Campbell and Sarah Vasquez) were named National Champions.


  • Cadets competed at the NTCA level. They won one second-place trophy and one third-place trophy during preliminary competitions, and finished seventh overall at NTCA Championships.


  • Along with other Fine Arts programs, hosted the annual "Dinner and a Show" on April 20. Numerous programs performed, including Madrigals, Theatre, Orchestra, Band, Mavettes, and Winterguard. The night also included an art gallery of student masterpieces, set up for attendees to view. The event is held to showcase the talents of MISD Fine Arts students.


  • Cheyanne Gunter accepted a Colorguard Scholarship from Tyler Junior College.
  • Tien Mason accepted a Colorguard Scholarship from Northwestern State University.
  • D'Sherrick Williams accepted a Colorguard Scholarship from Northwestern State University. He also received a Marching Auxiliaries Internship.


  • Auditions were held for both the MHS and MJHS Colorguard squads in April. As a result of the tryouts, MISD will have four divisions of Colorguards throughout the 2018-2019 school year. These are Cadet (junior high); JV (high school); Varsity (high school); and "Marshall Buddies" (special education division).
  • Marshall's D'Sherrick Williams is touring with the Blue Knights Drum Corps this summer. D'Sherrick was also named an All-State Dancer by the Texas Dance Educators Association.
  • Former Marshall student Abbie Upton will be touring with the Phantom Regiment Drum Corps  this summer, which will mark her fourth year in drum corps.

#MavUP for our Marshall ISD Colorguard students and directors!
The North Texas Colorguard Association (NTCA) was founded in 1993, with the first competitions taking place in the spring of 1994. The founding members wanted to have a circuit based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. This particular circuit was aimed at providing a band director friendly environment with education-based competition. Although participation was welcomed by senior and independent classes, the focus of the circuit was toward smaller, scholastic groups wanting to participate at a local level. The growth in North Texas has been tremendous, and the circuit now has well over one hundred competing units from both winterguard and indoor percussion.