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ROTC-SLC Gears Up for 2010

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The Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps–SLC — Utah’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-friendly color guard — is five years old, and this season, according to co-founder Logan Brueck, is going to be the group’s biggest ever.


In past years, the group has performed at a number of events in Salt Lake City, including the Utah Pride Parade. The color guard is also a regular feature in the Vegas Pride Parade, where they regularly bring home awards, including first place overall color guard last year. This summer, they will take their high energy routines to another large Pride gathering.

“We’ve gotten the push and the drive to actually do Denver Pride,” said Brueck. To go east, he added, members must be dues-paying and in good standing and must perform in both Utah and Las Vegas’ Pride parades.

Along with a new venue, ROTC members are also getting some new gear in honor of their fifth season — including backpacks and patches — and a new routine. For their Las Vegas trip, they will be twirling and dancing to a remix of four different versions of the popular disco song “We Are Family.”

“It’s going to be different and a lot of fun,” said Brueck. “We figured since we’ve gotten such a big ROTC family that a lot of people consider their team mates their family, that the song is so appropriate, especially for five years.”

ROTC – SLC is also offering a new membership category. Utahns who live in Provo, Logan, St. George or other cities far away from Salt Lake may now become virtual parts of the color guard. And the category isn’t open for people in state—its three members, said Brueck, hail from California, New Mexico and Alabama. Brueck said he opened up virtual membership when the member from New Mexico stopped by the group at last year’s Utah Pride festival.

“He had seen our videos on YouTube and he learned our drills and was like, ‘I wanted to come here and see you guys in person, because I love what you’re doing.’ And all of a sudden he starts doing our “Mama Mia” routine. We threw him in the parade with us,” said Brueck.

Like this member, virtual members will learn the drills using YouTube videos and DVDs, then travel to Salt Lake City, Denver and Las Vegas for a brief rehearsal before joining the parade.

Along with out of state members, a number of sponsors have also joined the team, including Club Try-Angles and a downtown Denny’s restaurant commonly known as “the gay Denny’s” because of the gay clientele it attracts. If the group can get enough sponsors, Brueck said they hope to hold a military ball fundraiser at the end of their season.
“We’ve already found the location, we just need the money to do it,” he said.

For those interested in joining the group as performers or sponsors, ROTC – SLC will hold an open house on Feb. 18 in Room 106 of the Columbus Center, 2531 S 500 East, from 7–9 p.m. The first rehearsal will take place the following Sunday at West High School, 241 N. 300 West. Members of all sexual orientations, gender identities and ability levels over 18 are welcome to join, and attending the open house is not a prerequisite for joining. For more information about the color guard visit rotcslc.com.

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