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Feature Twirler

Feature Twirlers

The Carolina Band Feature Twirlers have a long-standing tradition of excellence that continues to flourish today. Feature Twirlers at USC represent some of the most decorated twirlers in the country. Each twirler receives a scholarship pending acceptance into a degree program at USC and is eligible for a significant out-of-state tuition reduction. The Carolina Band fields between one and three Feature Twirlers each season.

2019 Carolina Band Feature Twirlers

Sabrina Smith

Sabrina Smith

Sabrina Smith, A Maryland native who later moved to North Carolina, Sabrina grew up in baton twirling. As the daughter, sister and niece of baton twirlers, performing and competing have been second nature. After many years of hard work and training, Sabrina began competition and won many awards locally, statewide, regionally and nationally. In February 2015, Sabrina placed Top 10 in her first Collegiate Twirling Competition in Disney World. In August 2015, Sabrina represented the USA at the International Cup Competition in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. She brought home a Silver Medal and two Bronze Medals. Sabrina was also a member of Team USA Junior Twirl Team, winning a Gold Medal at the 2012 World Twirling Championship in Neuchatel, Switzerland. As a senior in Holly Springs, Sabrina along with 14 of the United States top baton twirlers were honored to be a good-will ambassadors for the Lion’s club international and traveled for two weeks to Peru. During their visit to Peru the twirling ambassadors participated in many performances, did charitable work, and were featured in the spring festival parade. Sabrina is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She plans to earn a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. “In the fall of 2015 I realized my lifelong dream and became a twirler for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks!”

Miranda Proctor

Miranda Proctor

Miranda Proctor is from Western New York and is ready to be a Gamecock! Throughout her many years of competitive baton twirling she has won numerous state, regional and national titles. She and her duet partner were part of TEAM USA and traveled to Lillehammer, Norway, where they became World Junior Duet Gold Medalists. In addition to being a member of Team USA, she placed Top 10 in every event at AYOP in 2018, including winning World Open Two Baton and Team Member of the Year for Team Crescendo, and placed 8th place in the Teenage Miss Majorette of America Pageant. In August of 2018 she was chosen as a USA Twirling Ambassador to Peru, where she had the opportunity to perform at orphanages, boys homes, senior living homes, and for dignitaries/diplomats at galas and events throughout the country, including the Spring Festival Parade in Trujillo, Peru. Miranda was honored to be chosen as a USA Twirling Ambassador and had an incredible experience where she was able to share her passion of baton twirling with so many across the world. She is a member of Team USA again and will be traveling to traveling to Limoges, France in August 2019 to represent the USA and compete in duet and with her Team, Crescendo. Miranda is looking forward to attending the University of South Carolina and performing with the Mighty Sound of the Southeast, while pursing a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the Arnold School of Public Heath.

Amanda Trujilo

Amanda Trujillo

Amanda Trujillo is a Florida native born into the sport of baton twirling, traveling to her first national championship with the family at just eight weeks old. As the daughter of a twirler, coach and mentor, Amanda grasped at the chance to share her family’s love of the sport with the world. She is a state, regional and national champion who has excelled in both the NBTA and USTA organizations; holding titles Junior Miss Majorette of Florida, Junior Miss Majorette of the Southeast, National Dance Twirl and Solo Pairs Champion, Juvenile Strut Grand Champion, and numerous age championships in Strut, Solo, Dance Twirl, 2 baton, 3 baton and team events. On the international stage, Amanda has been honored to represent the United States as a member of Team USA in Holland, Croatia, and Canada. She has won numerous medals internationally including being a Gold Medalist in Open Junior 2 Baton, Silver Medalist in Open Junior Solo and a Bronze Medalist in Open Junior 3 Baton at the 2017 Pan Pacific Cup. Amanda is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Artists and volunteers as a coach/mentor for history, science, twirling, and dance students. She graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a dance major and served as the National Dance Honor Society’s 2018 Vice President – Douglas Anderson chapter. She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and pursue graduate studies in Physical Therapy. Amanda has been a fan of the “Mighty Sound of the Southeast” and is honored to have been selected to continue the tradition of excellence as a University of South Carolina Feature Twirler.

Catherine Ramirez

Catherine Ramirez, advisor

Catherine Ramirez is the adviser for the University of South Carolina Feature Twirlers. She began working with the Twirlers in fall 2014 after holding the position of Feature Twirler at Carolina from 2010–2014. Ramirez graduated from USC where she received a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. She is currently a Public Relations/Social Media Specialist at Chernoff Newman. Ramirez is a state, regional and national champion. She was the 2012 USTA National Champion in Solo, 2-baton, 3-baton, Dance Twirl and Strut. During her career she earned 23 Northeast Regional Grand Championship titles. As part of Team USA, Ramirez represented the United States at the World Baton Twirling Championships in 2008, 2010 and 2012 where she earned a silver and bronze team medal. Ramirez also twirled at Disney’s EPCOT and was a top five finalist in the Collegiate Classic during each of her years at South Carolina. She also instructs competitive soloists in South Carolina and has taught at twirling camps in Colorado and New Jersey.

2019 Auditions

The Carolina Band will have Feature Twirler openings for the 2019 season. We are holding on-campus auditions in spring 2019.

Applications

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 15, 2018, for consideration for the 2019 season. Finalists are selected by mid-January and notified by Cormac Cannon. Finalists are invited for on-campus auditions in late March.

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 considered but are not required.

What to Submit

•    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 applicant.
•    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 Cormac Cannon, director of athletic bands cormac@mozart.sc.edu.
Hard copies can be mailed to USC Bands, 813 Assembly Street, Room 117, Columbia, SC 29208.

Live Auditions

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 application process and requirements here.

Frequently Asked Questions


Questions about the Feature Twirlers? Call the USC Band Office, 803-777-4278.