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
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!”