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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.


Ashleigh Bradley Neverve

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.


2017-2018 Carolina Colorguard Roster

Questions about the Carolina Colorguard?

Call the Band office at 803-777-4278 or email Ashleigh Neverve.