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.
2018–2019 Colorguard Auditions
Sunday, April 22, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Copenhaver Band Hall
Sunday, April 15, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Copenhaver Band Hall
Ashleigh Bradley Neverve, Instructor
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 in second language acquisition, with a certificate in teaching
English to speakers of other languages. She worked at USC in the summer of 2011 as
an adjunct faculty member with English Programs for Internationals teaching Level
4 Speaking and Listening. In August 2013, Ashleigh graduated from USC, Columbia with
a master of speech pathology degree, specializing in auditory-verbal therapy and cochlear
implants. Ashleigh is a classically trained dancer and has studied for the past 20
years at ballet schools around the country. Ashleigh’s passion for the arts and teaching
lead 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 as an
instructor, Ashleigh specialized in dance instruction and continues to be a guest
clinician across the country. She spent four seasons with the Carolina Band before
taking a year away while living in Columbus, Georgia. During her time apart from the
Carolina Band, Ashleigh practiced as a speech-language pathologist and taught the
BarreAmped method as a certified instructor at Novo Fitness Studio in the greater
Columbus, Georgia area.
Sarah Hinckley, Captain
Captain Sarah Hinckley is a senior at USC studying visual communications and business
administration. She began her colorguard career at Millbrook High School in Raleigh,
NC, in 2010. There she gained experience with dance, flag, rifle and sabre, while
also serving as captain her junior and senior year. In 2015, she became a WGI Independent
Open Class silver medalist after competing with Etude Winterguard based out of Charlotte,
NC. She returned to Etude in 2016 to compete in Independent World Class. Colorguard
has been a passion of Sarah’s for almost eight years. This will be her fourth year
as a member of the Carolina Colorguard and second year as a captain. “My favorite
part about being a member of the Carolina Colorguard is performing in Williams-Brice
Stadium with some of my closest friends. There’s nothing like the feeling of performing
for 80,000 people.” She is excited to grow with the members this season and build
a strong program with the help of her instructor and other captains.
Flavia Gibson, Co-captain
Co-captain Flavia Gibson is in her final year of graduate school, pursuing a master's
degree in social work. She graduated with a bachelors degree in criminal justice from
USC in 2015. This will be her fifth and final season with the Carolina Band. She attended
Brookland-Cayce High School where she served as captain of the colorguard team in
both her junior and senior year. She also taught at her alma mater for two seasons
following graduation. This coming year she will be serving as president of the Phi
Alpha Honor Society for the College of Social Work, as well as a Diversity Peer Educator
and the events coordinator for the Latin American Student Organization on campus.
“I feel very blessed to have had colorguard be a part of my life for more than eight
years. The thing I look forward to the most in my final season as a member of the
Carolina Colorguard is the opportunity to perform at Williams-Brice Stadium in front
of thousands of Gamecock fans and the chance to shine bright along with 380+ of my
closest friends. I am looking forward to working alongside Ashleigh, Sarah and Tamera
and making this our best season yet. Go gamecocks and forever to thee!”
Tamera Sullivan, Co-captain
Co-captain Tamera Sullivan was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She
got her start in marching band and winter guard in the 9th grade at Spartanburg High
School, and finished her high school career as a WGI World Championship Semi-Finalist.
She is also a guard member with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps. Currently,
she is a junior chemistry major and Spanish minor in the Honors College. In her free
time she loves to find new television series and hang out with her twin sister who
also attends USC.
Questions about the Carolina Colorguard?
Call the Band office at 803-777-4278 or email Ashleigh Neverve.