SVE Winter Guard
Southeast Visual Ensemble is a Independent A Class Winter Guard that prides itself as a youth education, performing arts organization dedicated to the development of self-esteem and self-reliance of adolescents. It encourages team work, sportsmanship, civic pride and contributions of one's personal best to a group effort through a musical and performance-focused activity in which there is a blending of the arts and athletics.
- Fall 1993 - Pell City High School Winter Guard from Pell City, Alabama is founded.
- Fall 2007 - Pell City High School Winter Guard is renamed Panteras Winter Guard.
- Fall 2009 - Panteras Winter Guard leaves Pell City High School and becomes an independent organization. They also enter into the Independent Regional A Division of the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit (SCGC) under the name Panteras Independent Performance Ensemble .
- Spring 2010 - SCGC Independent Regional A Class Silver Medalists.
- Fall 2010 - Panteras Independent Performance Ensemble moves into the Independent A Division of SCGC.
- Spring 2011 - SCGC Independent A Class Bronze Medalists.
- Fall 2012 - Panteras Independent Performance Ensemble becomes known as Southeast Visual Ensemble and enters into the Independent Open classification.
- Spring 2013 - SCGC Independent Open Class Gold Medalists.
- Fall 2013 - Southeast Visual Ensemble re-enters into the Independent A classification and moves to a permanent rehearsal facility in Anniston-Oxford, Alabama .
- Spring 2014 - SCGC Independent A Class Silver Medalists.
- Spring 2015 - WGI Independent A Class Semi-finalists. SCGC Independent A Class Silver Medalists.
- Fall 2016 - Southeast Visual Ensemble joins the Southern Association for the Performing Arts (SAPA) circuit.
- Spring 2017 - Due to issues beyond our control, Southeast Visual Ensemble decides to forego the remainder of the 2017 season and concentrate on the future of the program.
- Fall 2017 - Southeast Visual Ensemble adds a new staff and re-emerges in the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit for the 2018 season.
1. What is an Independent Winter Guard?
An independent winter guard competes separately from scholastic groups. School-based groups are sponsored by their schools' marching band, arts program, or general activity funds and do not have to pay for their rehearsal facilities. We are truly an independent organization, although we do rehearse at some local schools in the Birmingham/Anniston area that are kind enough to offer us space for rehearsals. As an independent organization, we pay for everything that is not donated to us.
2. How old do you have to be to join?
Members of Southeast Visual Ensemble are young men and women between the ages of 14 and 22 years old. If you are in that age range and you are interested in performing, feel free to contact us for information about our program!
3. I don't have a lot of experience, can I still join?
Most of our members have experience with "younger guards": Independent Regional A, Regional A, AA, and AAA classes. We will train you in "SVE-technique" so that you can be successful with your responsibilities in the guard!
4. Can I be in school or work and still perform with Southeast Visual Ensemble?
ABSOLUTELY! Almost all of our members are full time students or have jobs. Some of them do both! We recommend that you take your Southeast Visual Ensemble schedule to work and or school to see if there might be any conflicts. You will find that most of the time, things can be worked out. If you find that there is a conflict that cannot be worked out, speak with us about it and we will work together to solve the issue.
Unlike most Independent Guards, we are concerned that you have time to maintain your school or work activities/duties. We do everything on our end to make sure that you have that time, but that means you have to plan and do your part! Make sure you are caught up on all your school work before you come to rehearsal. If you find that you have a lot of conflicts between rehearsals/performances and school or work, you may need to reconsider joining Southeast Visual Ensemble.
5. How often does Southeast Visual Ensemble rehearse?
Typically, we rehearse only on weekends. This is generally all day on Saturdays, and Sunday for about 8 hours. We may also rehearse on some Friday evenings for about 4 hours or extend rehearsal hours before a big competition.
6. How much does it cost to perform with your group?
Performer fees are $1200, these fees are based on the cost of running the organization, which varies based on the cost of props, costumes, rehearsal facilities, competition fees, the number of members we have, and our other costs to run the program that season. Our staff members are all volunteers and DO NOT get paid for their work.
We always say, "Where there's a will, there's a way!"
We will offer fundraising opportunities throughout the year including firework stands, candle sales, and car washes, etc. We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE getting donations or a sponsorship from local businesses, friends and family, or fans of the activity. Sponsorship forms can be found in the "Forms" section of this website.
Independent A Class Winter Guard