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Carolina Colorguard

The Carolina Colorguard is an elite and integral visual component of the Carolina Band that exemplifies the spirit and intensity of the Carolina Band. The Carolina Colorguard includes USC students of all backgrounds and majors who want to perform at the highest level.

The Carolina Colorguard rehearses daily throughout the fall season, and members are selected through a competitive audition process in the spring before each football season. Members participate in all rehearsals and performances and receive a scholarship for their participation in the Carolina Band.

Each winter the Carolina Colorguard hosts a one-day clinic open to high school colorguard members interested in developing their skills and learning more about the Carolina Colorguard. Dates and registration information will be posted here prior to the event.

2016 Carolina Colorguard Auditions

Sat., April 23, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center on the USC campus
Registration for auditions will open online here on February 22, 2016.

Audition Clinic

Sat., April 16, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Prior to auditions you are encouraged to attend the audition clinic.

The audition consists of basic technical requirements, a pre-taught prepared routine sent to you via video file following your registration submission, and an on-the-spot routine taught the day of auditions. Basic technical requirements include but are not limited to: drop spins, cones/stirs, pull-hits, single release, 1½ vertical releases, and standard 45-degree angle toss.  

Participants should wear all-black attire that facilitates movement. Makeup should be professional and hair should be secured neatly away from the face.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Captain Kitty Hoard

Kitty Hoard is a junior and an early childhood education major at USC. She has been a member of the Carolina Colorguard since transferring to USC her sophomore year. She joined guard in the 10th grade at Byrnes High School and fell in love from the start. She competed at WGI World Championships four times, placing 5th in her senior year in high school where she was also a captain. She has taught and assisted with several guards, both in the fall and winter. This year she was co-captain and enjoyed having this leadership position in a collegiate guard.


2015 Carolina Band Colorguard

Katie Brimhall, sophomore, Raleigh, NC
Dana Carlsten, senior, Charlotte, NC
Madeline Compton, sophomore, Westminster, SC
Jessica Crist, sophomore, Great Falls, SC
Madeline Donaway, junior, Edwardsville, IL
Sade Erinfomali, senior, Irmo, SC
Sarah Fortwengler, senior, Charlotte, NC
Matthew Gabel, sophomore, Columbia, SC
Jimi Leigh Harrington, senior, Lexington, SC
Jami Lynn Harrington, senior, Lexington, SC
Ashlyn Herold, sophomore, Apex, NC
Katie Hill, freshman, Lexington, SC
Sarah Hinckley, sophomore, Raleigh, NC
Katelyn Hoard, junior, Moore, SC
Echo Kelsay, freshman, Townville, SC
Olivia Kemmerlin, sophomore, Cayce, SC
Kiersten Kendall, sophomore, Inman, SC
Erin Meyer, freshman, Ridgewood, NJ
Abigail Millsap, freshman, Kingsport, TN
Natasha Molina, freshman, Little River, SC
Mackenzie Morrow, junior, Chesnee, SC
Gabrielle Pipitone, junior, Matthews, NC
Emma Robinson, freshman, Lewisville, NC
Samantha Rudolph, senior, Point Pleasant, NJ
Taylor Schwarz, senior, Irmo, SC
Ashley Shumpert, junior, Lexington, SC
Catherine Snyder, freshman, Hickory, NC
Tamera Sullivan, freshman, Spartanburg, SC
Kayla Werts, freshman, Spartanburg, SC
Jordan Youmans, senior, Bettendorf, IA

Questions about the Carolina Colorguard?

Call the Band office at 803-777-4278 or email Ashleigh Neverve.