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Event showcases winter guards, drumlines
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The Sawnee Mountain Invitational winter guard and indoor drumline competition will be this weekend at Forsyth Central High School. - photo by Submitted

 If you’re going

• What: Sawnee Mountain Invitational winter guard and indoor drumline competition
• When: 9 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday
• Where: Forsyth Central High School, 520 Tribble Gap Road
• Cost: $7 for one day;
$10 for both days
• For more information, visit and click on the Forsyth Central event link. 


Flags, sabers, rifles and steady beats will fly through air this weekend during the Sawnee Mountain Invitational at Forsyth Central High School.

The Forsyth Central Flash of Crimson band will again play host to the annual competition, which features winter guard and indoor drumlines, the off-season versions of groups that also participate in marching bands during the fall.

The winter groups give the color guard and percussion members an opportunity to keep up their skills during the off season, while taking part in competitive events.

This weekend’s competition, set for 9 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, will spotlight the talents of students from more than 70 groups — 44 winter guards and 26 drumlines — from around the state.

Forsyth Central, North Forsyth and West Forsyth will perform during the competition.

Terry Morgan, a parent organizer of the event, said the competition is a great family-friendly outing.

“Events like this ... [are] a great, inexpensive way for families to spend a day or the weekend together,”  she said.

The invitational also gives families an opportunity to watch artists in action.

“Each group [that performs] is an extension of the school they represent,” Morgan said.

“It also enables a new, younger generation to experience firsthand the fine arts as an alternative to sports.”

Tickets, available at the gymnasium ticket booth each day, are $7 for one day or $10 for a two-day pass. Event programs will be available during the event and at the ticket booth.

Parking will available on the school campus. Organizers ask that attendees do not park at the Cumming Post Office.