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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.

2019 Carolina Colorguard Auditions

Sunday, April 14, 2:00–6:00 p.m.
Copenhaver Band Hall (326 Sumter St.)

Audition Clinic

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.

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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.

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 program.

2018-2019 Carolina Colorguard Roster

Questions about the Carolina Colorguard?

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