Avidity Independent Winter Guard



The Avidity Independent Winter Guard program is our newest and fastest growing addition to the McKendree University band program. Now in its second season at McKendree, the guard has expanded to two groups:

Avidity Independent World Guard: An extremely competitive guard that rehearses on average 10-12 hours per week.

Avidity “A” Guard: Geared toward students who want winter guard to be a fun and relaxing activity. The group practices 4-7 hours per week.

Our Avidity Independent A and Independent Open (now World Class as of the 2014 WGI Championships) Winter Guards perform in the MCCGA, MWCGA and WGI circuits. The A guard has finished 2nd place in MCCGA finals for the past two years, and our Open Guard has finished first place in MCCGA finals for the past two years, finished 2nd at this year's WGI World Championships and was just promoted in April to World Guard status! Both guards have a lot of fun while dedicating themselves to performance excellence!


Spin Clinics

Spin Clinic Registration

Under 18 Hold Harmless Agreement- 11/1/14 McK Spin Clinic


Spin Clinic Frequently Asked Questions

What are the start and end times of the clinic?

Doors open at 8:30 and classes begin at 9.  The day ends at 5.

I am going to be teaching and would like to learn more to teach my students.

We will gladly help answer any questions you may have with instruction.  Whether it's ideas, or our philosophies.  Feel free to take anything that you learn from our clinics and utilize them in your program.  It's why we hold them.

What experience level do I choose on flag, rifle, saber, and dance?

We will be able to assist you in making the correct decision once you get in the door.  We offer a variety of classes and you are never held to a specific class.  We typically have several people that move from one group to the next during any given class.

Do we need to bring our own equipment?

We do have equipment, but are limited with numbers.  If you have equipment, please bring it.  We will fill in the rest.

Will this be indoor or outdoor?

The summer clinics are inside.  The November spin clinic is inside for the majority of the day.  There will be a performance outside for the home football game.

Will we have to perform?

We end the day with a "show and tell" of what you've learned throughout the day.   There is a performance for the home football game for the November spin clinic. No one is held to perform if they choose not to.

How many breaks will we have?

We have periodic breaks throughout the day.


McKendree Guard Scholarships   

Up to $4,000 available for McKendree students who participate in the fall Marching Bearcat Band Color Guard and the Avidity Independent of McKendree Winter Guard.
Please refer to Audition Requirements for audition information.

Winter Guard Scholarship


Mid-Continent Color Guard Association  

Midwest Color Guard Circuit  

Winter Guard International   


Membership Forms

Health History Form   

Under 18 Hold Harmless Agreement- Current Members Only