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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.

2017 Carolina Colorguard Auditions

Colorguard auditions are held April 22, 2017 with a help session and clinic on April 8.
Register for an audition here.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Captain Kitty Hoard

Kitty Hoard is a senior and an early childhood education major at USC and 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 her senior year in high school where, she was also a captain. She has also taught/assisted with several guards, both in the fall and winter. Kitty previously served as co-captain and is thrilled to continue her leadership in a collegiate guard.

Sarah Hinckley

Captain Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley, co-captain, is a junior at USC majoring in visual communications and minoring in business administration. She has been a member of the Carolina Band Colorguard since 2014. She joined guard in the 9th grade at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC, where she was captain during her junior and senior year. In 2015, she competed in WGI with Etude Winterguard from Rock Hill, SC, where they placed second in Independent Open Class at World Championships. She returned to Etude in 2016 to compete in World Class.

Ashleigh Bradley Neverve

Ashleigh Bradley Neverve

Ashleigh Bradley Neverve, Colorguard instructor, attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, for her undergraduate studies and graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science with a minor in psychology. In 2011, she completed graduate studies at USC Columbia in second language acquisition with a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages. In August 2013, she graduated from USC with a master of speech pathology degree, specializing in auditory-verbal therapy and cochlear implants. Neverve is a classically trained dancer and has studied for the past 20 years at ballet schools around the country, including the Joffrey Ballet, NY. Her passion for the arts and teaching led her to work with Broad Creek Middle School Winter Guard for two years and Croatan High School Marching Band and Winter Guard for five years. During this time she specialized in dance instruction and continues to be a guest clinician across the country. She is excited to begin her fifth season with the Carolina Band Colorguard.


2016-2017 Carolina Band Colorguard

Hana Anderson - Freshman, Troy, MI
Madeline Compton - Junior, Westminster, SC
Korey Craven - Sophomore, Moore, SC
Andrea Crocker - Freshman, Clover, SC
Madeline Donaway - Senior, Edwardsville, IL
Flavia Gibson - Graduate Student, West Columbia, SC
Ashlyn Herold - Junior, Apex, NC
Katie Hill - Sophomore, Lexington, SC
Sarah Hinckley - Junior, Raleigh, NC
Katelyn Hoard - Senior, Moore, SC
Olivia Kemmerlin – Junior, Cayce, SC
Kiersten Kendall – Senior, Inman, SC
Jordan Kuykendall - Freshman, Johns Creek, GA
Erin Meyer - Sophomore, Ridgewood, NJ
Abby Millsap - Sophomore, Midway, GA
Natasha Molina - Sophomore, Little River, SC
Maggie O’Connell - Freshman, Lebanon, NJ
Gabrielle Pipitone - Senior, Matthews, NC
Rosa Ramirez - Freshman, Inman, SC
Hannah Reese - Freshman, Irmo, SC
Emma Robinson - Sophomore, Lewisville, NC
Savannah Shuler - Freshman, Duncan, SC
Kaeli Smith - Freshman, Harrington, DE
Tamera Sullivan - Sophomore, Spartanburg, SC
Sabrina Sullivan - Freshman, Lyman, SC
Jaelyn Thornton - Freshman, Charlotte, NC
Kayla Werts - Sophomore, Spartanburg, SC

Questions about the Carolina Colorguard?

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