Avidity Independent Winter Guard


The Avidity Independent Winter Guard program is our newest and fastest growing addition to the McKendree University Athletic Band program.


Avidity Independent Open Guard: An extremely competitive guard that rehearses on average 10-12 hours per week. Our Independent Open Winter Guard perform in the MCCGA, MWCGA and WGI circuits. The guard is open to high school and college participants. Members are accepted based upon on audition quality and the ability to meet rigorous team standards. Auditions typically occur mid September.

Follow the guard on Facebook at www.mckendree.edu/avidityindependent




McKendree University Guard Scholarships   

$3,000 is available for McKendree students who participate in the fall Marching Bearcat Band Color Guard and the Avidity Independent of McKendree Winter Guard. The audition process for the award is INCREDIBLY simple.

1. Register to audition for the Marching Bearcat Band Scholarship.

2. Share a video link from your team's recent winter guard performance (Note: your performance must be easily identifiable within the group).

3. Done! You've officially auditioned as a guard member for the McKendree Athletic Bands. Apply and gain acceptance to the University to claim your scholarship.


Upcoming Avidity Spin Clinics

Saturday, November 7th in the Melvin Price Convocation Center + performance during the Bearcat Football Half-Time Show at McKendree University

In addition to completing the online registration form, non members will need to please print, sign and bring a copy of the Under 18 Hold Harmless Agreement- Non Members  to the registration table at the Spin Clinic. This document is REQUIRED by the University in order for you to participate in the University sponsored event. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!


Spin Clinic Frequently Asked Questions


What are the start and end times of the clinic?


Typically doors open at 8:30 and classes begin at 9.  The day ends at 5. The November 7th clinic will be a longer day due to the half-time performance.


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.



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