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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 spring 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.


Jordan Youmans, instructor

Jordan Youmans attended the University of South Carolina for her undergraduate studies and received her bachelor’s degree in theater and English with a concentration in performance and writing composition. Jordan marched as a colorguard member with the Carolina Band 2012–2016, and was selected in 2014 to serve as co-captain, a title she maintained in her final year with the guard. During the off-seasons, Jordan was actively involved in the Theatre Department at USC where she performed in several productions including an all-female version of Glengary Glenn Ross, Moliere’s Scapin, and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. In spring 2015, Jordan was able to spend the semester abroad where she attended the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France, and studied French literature and writing composition. After graduating from USC, Jordan returned home to the Northern VA area to be closer to her family and worked as a makeup artist. She ultimately got her 5 Star Certification as a Beauty Influencer with Estee Lauder. For the past two years, Jordan has come back to assist the Carolina Band as an equipment crew volunteer and as a leader for the Alumni Colorguard for Homecoming Weekend. Jordan is beyond excited to come back to serve the Colorguard as its new instructor. She is passionate about performance and the Carolina Band and can’t wait to see all of the amazing things the Colorguard accomplishes this season. Jordan would like to thank all of the family and friends who have helped her along this journey.

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Lauren Arabis, co-captain

Co-captain Lauren Arabis is a junior from Walterboro, South Carolina, pursuing a visual communications major and art studio minor. She fell in love with colorguard in 2012, where she competed with Colleton County Middle School's first Cadet Winterguard team. She continued the sport at Colleton County High School with The Band of Blue and Colleton County Varsity Winterguard. Lauren was a captain her senior year and graduated in 2017. She became a member of the Carolina Colorguard a couple short months later. In 2019, she competed with Charles Towne Independent. She has one SCBDA State Championship medal and three CWEA Championship medals under her belt. Her favorite memory from the Carolina Band is winning the 2018 Outback Bowl. "There wasn't a single Gamecock fan that wasn't screaming. It was surreal – an amazing way to start off a new year." Along with being a co-captain, Lauren serves as a writing tutor for the Opportunity Scholars Program and is an active sister of the university's Christian sorority, Sigma Alpha Omega. "I cannot wait to see what memories this season brings. Carolina Band is my home. It's an honor to lead such an amazing program full of so many extraordinary students."

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Anne Junttila, co-captain

Co-captain Anne Junttila is a junior from Chantilly, Virginia, pursuing a degree in marine science with a minor in dance. She marched for four years at Chantilly High School and graduated in 2017 after leading as a captain for two years. During her high school career, she marched with the Crossmen in 2016 and 2017. After moving to Columbia, South Carolina, for school she began marching with Étude Winterguard in 2018 and 2019. She then continued her drum corps career with Carolina Crown in 2019. She also taught and choreographed for the Saint James High School Marching Band and North Augusta Marching Band. This is her third season in the Carolina Colorguard. “My favorite memory of Carolina Band was performing Gridiron in Williams-Brice Stadium for the first time. The intensity of the Carolina Band sound is unmatched, and there’s nothing else quite like standing in front of them. Go gamecocks!”


2019-2020 Carolina Colorguard Roster


Questions about the Carolina Colorguard?

Call the Band office at 803-777-4278 or email Jordan Youmans.


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