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Gates Chili Winterguard
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 Frequently asked questions 



Do I need to be in the Gates Chili school district to join?
No. We are an independent organization and have members from all over the Rochester area.

What is the time obligation?
We typically practice 2 evenings per week starting in Oct/Nov. Competitions begin in January and run almost every Saturday through Championships in early April. Competition days are a full day obligation, starting with practice in the morning and being bussed to the competition after practice.

Is there a deadline to join the guard?
Auditions are typically in late August / early September for the following season. All participants must audition and once the audition period is over, new membership is closed.

Am I going to have to pay an arm and a leg because it's not a school-sponsored activity?
No. Gates Chili Winterguard operates Gates Bingo hall, which raises the majority of the organization's funding. Instead of paying dues, we require members and parents to volunteer a specified amount of hours per month at the Bingo Hall.