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
2020 Colorguard Auditions
Due to unforeseen circumstances regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, auditions for
the 2020 Carolina Band Colorguard will be through video audition. If you would like
to audition for us, email Dr. Jacobs and complete the form at the link below. Auditions will continue until the section
2020 Carolina Band Colorguard Audition Procedures
All prospective members (new and returning) must complete the audition registration form.
Audition procedure reference video is here.
Fundamentals and choreography to be included in audition videos:
- Fundamental 1: Drop Spins for 30 counts on the Right and Left sides
- Fundamental 2: Cones for 16 counts on the Right and Left sides
- Fundamental 3: Pull Hits 10 times on the Right and Left sides (straight up and down)
- Fundamental 4: Single tosses 5 times on the Right from the silk
- Fundamental 5: 45 tosses 5 times (as shown in the video)
- Fight Song Choreography (you will need to do the choreography with the music for timing)
- Go Carolina Choreography (same)
- 64 counts of your best show work. This can be work you have created yourself or a
snippet from a previous show that demonstrates your personality and confidence as
Additional Audition Notes:
Submit your YouTube video links on this form.
2020 Auditions Registration
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
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!”
2020-2021 Carolina Colorguard Roster
Questions about the Carolina Colorguard?
Call the Band office at 803-777-4278.