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.
2019 Carolina Colorguard Auditions
Sunday, April 14, 2:00–6:00 p.m.
Copenhaver Band Hall (326 Sumter St.)
Sunday, March 31, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Copenhaver Band Hall (326 Sumter St.)
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.
Register for the Audition
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
Hana Anderson, co-captain
Co-captain Hana Anderson is a junior at USC, double majoring in marketing and human
resource management with a minor in psychology. She began her colorguard career at
Troy High School in Troy, MI, in 2012. She was in the program for four years, and
served as captain her senior year. This is her third year as a member of the Carolina
Colorguard. “My favorite memory of being in the Carolina Band has been performing
Gridiron during pregame. It is such a powerful entrance and it really gets the crowd
hyped up for the game!” Hana is excited to see what the upcoming season has to offer
and to work with Jordan and Kayla. Go Gamecocks and Forever to Thee!
Kayla Werts, co-captain
Co-captain Kayla Werts was born in Spartanburg, SC. She began winter guard in the
10th grade at Spartanburg High school and concluded her high school career as a State
Champion and a WGI World Semi-Finalist. Kayla is a senior double majoring in marketing
and human resource management with a minor in Chinese studies. "My favorite memory
of being in the Carolina Band is definitely the Carolina versus Tennessee game in
2016. Not only did the audience love the band's ‘Thriller’ dance, but we unexpectedly
won the game! I'll never forget how exhilarated the stadium was and we got to play
my favorite song, 'Neck'!" Along with being co-captain, Kayla also serves as a student
ambassador in the Moore School of Business and a member of the Chinese language partner
Questions about the Carolina Colorguard?
Call the Band office at 803-777-4278 or email Jordan Youmans.