One of the most successful programs at Wesleyan is none other than the Visual Performance Ensemble.
The Visual Performance Ensemble was formerly known as “Winter Guard.” When asked why he changed the name, marching band director Jeff Foster responded, “We wanted to rebrand the activity so that girls with dance backgrounds would know that another performance opportunity and outlet exists for them; for those not interested in spinning a flag or using equipment like rifles and sabers, dance is an option in this activity as well.” The Visual Performance Ensemble has been very successful over the last few years winning numerous awards.
This year the ensemble will compete in a number of competitions. They will attend three to four shows this winter. These shows are part of a state circuit known as Southern Association for Performance Arts. They will also attend a Winter Guard International Region Show. All shows are on Saturdays and take place between the months of January and March. While the competitions are in the Winter, students can find the ensemble performing alongside the marching band during halftime of the football games.
The ensemble consists of a number of talented members. One of these members is freshman Ashley Walton. When asked about what her experience has been like thus far, she answered, “Too be in front of most of the student body on Fridays is definitely nerve-racking, but at the same time, it’s amazing to see yourself getting better with all your friends!” From the freshmen to the upperclassmen the ensemble seems to be improving with each practice and performance. The ensemble can be seen during halftime shows, and students should go out to a competition to see them perform.