Miami, Oklahoma – Wednesday, March 30, 2011 – The Norse Silk Winter Guard team at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, (NEO) competed at the Winter Guard International Tulsa Regionals on March 5. Norse Silk also competed at Tulsa Union High School’s multipurpose arena taking first place awards in preliminary rounds in the following categories: general effect I and II, ensemble analysis, movement and equipment.? This preliminary performance moved Norse Silk through the round for a bid into finals competition where the team took first place, again sweeping all categories from the judges.?

The win secured the Norse Silk’s place with the Winter Guard International Denver Nationals competition which took place March 17-20.

At Nationals, NEO’s Norse Silk took first place in the Independent Regional A-Class taking three of the five categories to win their first national championship.

The Norse Silk Winter Guard is a performance group much like dance team or gymnastics.? The team performs to pre-recorded music set to an overall show theme.? Performances are treated like a theater experience using props and dance to tell a story.? Norse Silk is a member of Mid Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) and Winter Guard International (WGI) – Sport of the Arts.

The squad is under the direction of Eric Daugherty, who had this to say about the win:

“This was one of those a-ha moments where everything just lines up and great things happen.? The kids went in prepared and with a great attitude and really just laid it all out there.? It was truly a moving performance.? I could not have been more proud!”

NEO’s Norse Silk is currently auditioning potential members for the upcoming fall semester.? For more information on how to become a member and how to audition for a color guard scholarship, please contact Eric Daugherty at 918-533-0966 or by email at edaugherty@neo.edu.