Acronyms & Terms

Auxiliary
Another term for the color guard. This term is often used in marching band to describe the visual ensemble.

Air Flag
Working without equipment.

Blade
Part of the sabre that, if it were a real sword, would be sharp.

Blade Toss
Right-handed tosses on sabre that are thrown and caught from the blade.

Bolt
Screw-like weight some guards use to weight flags.

Butt
Larger end of a rifle.

Chasse
(shaw-say) dance move: right-left-right or left-right-left.

Crutch Tip
Rubber stopper on each end of a flag.

Double Time
2 steps for each beat.

Drill
Formations and where a performer moves to on the floor

Drop Spin
The most basic spin where one grabs thumbs up thumbs down, and always under the other hand.

Flag
Most basic piece of equipment used in color guard.

Flag Feature
When the whole guard is on flag; a key point of the show.

Hilt
The handle of a sabre