Prospective Feature Twirlers can find what is required to apply below:
In order to be considered for the position, you must send a 4- to 6-minute video showcasing
your talent. The video and application are due (postmarked) by December 1. Finalists
are selected by mid-January and notified by the Director of Athletic Bands.
On-campus finalist auditions are possible in late March, but might be converted to
video audition if required by continuing COVID-19 policies. The Carolina Band maintains
exceptionally high standards for feature twirlers. The finalist round of auditions
will only be held when it is determined students have demonstrated those standards
in the application/video process.
Some of the essential skills required by applicants for Feature Twirler include the
ability to do a double illusion, three or more spins, a variety of rolls, a variety
of bodywork, well-developed multiple baton skills, and flexibility. Gymnastic skills
are encouraged but are not required.
• A cover letter stating your intent and reasons for applying
• A current resume listing academic and twirling accomplishments, etc. Be sure
to include contact information including a phone number and email address for the
• A color full-length photo of the applicant in full competition/performance costume
• A 4- to 6-minute video highlighting your abilities including competition and
marching band footage if available
The video should include these examples:
• Competition performances (in costume)
• On the field performances (if available)
• Pep rally performances (if available)
• 1, 2 and 3 baton skills
• Gymnastic skills (optional)
Note: A YouTube link or other online media is acceptable for the video.
Any other optional materials you wish to send that highlight your qualifications such
as letter(s) of recommendation are considered.
Electronic materials and questions may be sent to Jay Jacobs, Director of Athletic Bands.
Hard copies can be mailed to UofSC Bands, 813 Assembly Street, Room 117, Columbia,
Finalists are invited to attend a live audition on the University of South Carolina
campus. The auditions will not conflict with any major competitions. Finalists should
prepare a 4- to 5-minute routine that includes 1, 2 and 3 baton tricks to any music
of your choice. Marching band music is highly suggested. The live audition is followed
by an interview with the judging panel. More information about the live audition will
be sent to the finalists.
Only applicants who meet the academic admission requirements of the University of
South Carolina will be invited for live auditions. Please review the UofSC application
process and requirements here.