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Color Guard

The University of Tennessee Color Guard plays an important role in the visual presentation of the Pride of the Southland Band and is comprised of approximately 35 members.  The UT Color Guard performs at all home games in Neyland Stadium to over 100,000 fans and travels with the band to all of the away games where the full band is present.  Previous color guard experience is valuable for membership in this organization. To become a member the Pride of the Southland Color Guard, students will need to register for an audition time during our Non-Major audition dates: February 18, & February 25, 2023. If you are interested in auditioning on one of these dates, please complete the Color Guard Audition Form or contact the band office at 865-974-5031 or to schedule an audition time. If you are unavailable on these dates, please contact us to check into the possibility of scheduling an individual audition. Late auditions, which are for entrance into the marching band only, may be held during new student summer orientation.

Candidates should prepare the following:

  • Arrive wearing black jazz pants, a black shirt, black dance shoes, and performance hair and makeup.
  • Demonstrate flag fundamentals that include drop spins, double time spins, a single money-hand toss, a one and half money-hand toss, a double time toss, a horizontal toss, and a 45 toss.
  • A one to two minute flag routine using “family friendly” music that demonstrates one’s dance and flag abilities.  Routines will be judged based on technique, difficulty, body placement/control, and overall performance and showmanship.  The candidate should show how well they could perform in Neyland Stadium!
  • Candidates will need to provide their own equipment and music (phone is acceptable for playback).

Those chosen for the line are required to attend The University of Tennessee Color Guard Camp that is one weekend in July.  Housing and meals will be provided for students during the camp.

Contact:  Laura Williams, Color Guard Coordinator


Telephone: (865)-560-6404

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The University of Tennessee Bands

University of Tennessee Bands
1741 Volunteer Blvd.
227 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-2605
Phone: 865-974-5031