Plainfield Winter Guard

Plainfield Winter Guard

A Marching Arts Ensemble for Students in Plainfield School District 202

Prospective Members

Plainfield Winter Guard competes in Scholastic A Class in Winter Guard International and Midwest Color Guard Circuit events. The organization is open to students enrolled in Plainfield Community Consolidated School District schools as well as students who are home-schooled who live with district boundaries.

Normal Rehearsal Schedule

Monday, 6:00-9:00 PM
Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 PM
Sunday, 1:00-6:00 PM
All rehearsals will be held at Plainfield Central High School unless otherwise notified.

Special Rehearsals

December 20-23 Drill Camp, Time TBD

Competition Dates

1/30/2022 – Naperville North HS
2/6/2022 – Naperville Central HS
2/26/2022 – WGI Chicago Regional – Lincoln-Way East HS
3/6/2022 – Exhibition at 202 Indoor Percussion’s MWCGC Percussion & Winds Contest
3/19/2022 – Minooka HS
4/2/2022 – MWCGC Championships – Naperville North HS
4/7-4/10/2022 – WGI World Championships – Dayton, OH – pending approval

Membership Dues

$600 per member
Payment plans available, Fundraising also available

Audition Registration

Clinic & Audition Dates

November 8 (Dance Clinic), 6:00-9:00 PM
The band room is located in the southwest corner of the campus. All rehearsals will be held at Plainfield Central HS unless families are notified otherwise.

November 10 (Flag Clinic), 6:00-9:00 PM

November 14 (Official Audition), 1:00-6:00 PM

Please wear form-fitting black clothing to all clinic & audition events and bring a flag from your home school, wear gloves, a mask, and bring water. There is a $15 Audition Fee for all members. Checks are payable to Plainfield Central High School.

Staff & Instructors

Chris Vanderwall | Executive Director

Chris Vanderwall began his role as Director of Bands at Plainfield Central High School in 2018. Prior to PCHS, Mr. Vanderwall was Director of Bands John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plainfield. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree at VanderCook College of Music in 2006 and a Master of Music Education Degree at the University of Illinois in 2011. His role with the Plainfield Winter Guard includes communication with member families and community partners, managing finances, rehearsal facilities, transportation needs, and other organizational/administrative responsibilities.

Kelsey Arnony | Ensemble Director

Kelsey Arnony is from Plainfield, Illinois. She has worked with multiple groups including Plainfield Central HS, Minooka HS Winter Guard, Providence Catholic Color Guard/Winter Guard, and taught Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps. She was part of the huge success of bringing back Plainfield Winter Guard during the 2021 Virtual season during the pandemic. She is currently the director of the Plainfield Central Color Guard. She has performed with Plainfield Winter Guard when she was in school, Independence Winter Guard, NEXUS Indoor Percussion, Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, she finished off her performing career with Onyx World Winter Guard.

Rebecca Aguilar | Instructor

Rebecca Aguilar is from Carpentersville, Illinois and is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Communicative Disorders – SLP at Northern Illinois University. She teaches color guard at Plainfield North High School. Rebecca was a huge help with the 2021 Plainfield Winter Guard in our virtual season, and has marched with Allegiance Winter Guard, Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.

Uriel Herrera | Instructor

Uriel Herrera is from Dekalb, Illinois and is a senior at Northern Illinois University. He is finishing up his B.A. in French and hopes to be a translator one day. Uriel began working with the Plainfield North Color Guard in 2021 and is excited to be on staff with Plainfield Winter Guard. Uriel also spent a season marching with Allegiance Winter Guard in 2018.


Students may choose to pursue fundraising to help offset the cost of their membership dues. Plainfield Winter Guard has secured a fundraising opportunity with Krema Coffee House in Plainfield. Members may use the order form below to sell bagged coffee made by Krema to family, friends, and other interested supporters. $4 of every bag of decaf coffee and $5 of every bag of other blends of coffee. All orders are due to Mr. Vanderwall at rehearsal on Sunday, November 28th. Coffee will be delivered to students before winter break so that students can distribute in time for the holidays. Makes an excellent gift! Both ground and whole bean coffees are available for purchase.

Download Order Form

La Madre Monte (Medium Body)
Cherry, Citrus, Caramel, Cane Sugar, Medium Acidity
(Decaffeinated Coffee)

Túpac’s Revolt (Medium Body)
Cherry, Chocolate, Orange, Caramel, Mild Acidity

Dia Do Sah-Si (Medium/Bold Body)
Cocoa, Raisin, Strawberry, Mild Acidity