An interview with Marra Grohowski, a member of the Florida Visual Ensemble

By Emily Peraza, Freedom High School/2022 FFCC Media Intern

What compelled you, or what caught your eye about colorguard? 

Color guard was a notion that had skirted around my mind throughout the entirety of my high school career. As a tried-and-true band student, all of my years on the marching field had always kept me just a few feet away from the sport I didn’t know I needed in my life. As some of my closest friends were members of my school’s color guard, I was able to watch them evolve into amazing, passionate spinners and, before long, I knew that color guard was something I needed in my life. By my senior year of high school, I had finally mustered up enough courage to try out for my school’s winter guard team. I found my home in color guard, and I haven’t looked back since.

What is your favorite memory of spinning? 

Truth be told, my fondest memory of spinning is credited to my experiences with Florida Visual Ensemble (FVE) during the fall marching season. When I think back to the moments before our pregame tradition of running out of the home team tunnel, there’s something enchanting about the energy and anticipation of those moments. The rushed well wishes for a good run that were passed around by my teammates and the smiles on their faces as they ran out around me to the packed stadium of cheering fans are something I’ll never forget. Spinning under the bright stadium lights and looking across the field to my beloved teammates is a memory I can’t underscore the value of. Being able to do the sport that I love, with the second family I’ve made in FVE, is by far my favorite memory of spinning- although the term favorite doesn’t quite do justice to what these memories mean to me.

If there have been low points, what pushed you to overcome these hard times? 

With any sport, like color guard, where you dedicate so much of your time, energy, and emotions to your work, difficult moments are inevitable, but I know I can always get through them when I think of the people that I am lucky enough to spin alongside. Looking back, some of my favorite people that I’ve ever met, I’ve met through spinning. I’ve been lucky enough to have been a part of such supportive teams, where I’ve truly felt more like family than teammates, and I always know that I can count on their support to get past a bad run, a bad moment, or just about any difficulty that I might face on or off of the floor.

Lastly, what is some advice for those who may be starting to doubt themselves? 

It’s completely normal to experience these moments of doubt and know that so many before you have accomplished so many great things, feeling the exact same way that you do. The fact that you are concerned shows that you care, and that care will get you so much farther in life than you might ever imagine.

About the Author:

Emily Peraza is a senior at Freedom High School in Orlando, FL. She currently serves as the captain of the winterguard team, and was an FFCC Featured Performer in 2021. This year she is working with the FFCC as a Media Intern.

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