K-State Color Guard
Auditions for the 2017-18 Colorguard will take place May 6th, 2017. You can register HERE.
Click HERE for a PDF of the information below
March 10, 2017
Dear prospective Color Guard member,
The purpose of this letter is to invite you to audition for the Kansas State University Color Guard. Auditions will be held: Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Ahearn Field House.
A $10.00 audition fee will be required as you check in. Registration for the auditions is listed above.
We will hold pre-audition clinics on:
Saturday April 8th, 2017 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Saturday April 22nd, 2017 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
(*You are also invited to join the K-State band cheer on the cats at the Spring game on April 22 at 1:00pm) The purpose of these clinics is to teach fundamental techniques as utilized at Kansas State so that you will be better prepared for the audition process. (These clinics are NOT mandatory to the audition process.)
To sign up for a clinic, please contact:
2017-2018 Color Guard Coordinator
AUDITION INFORMATION: Prospective members
Two letters of recommendation from a former coach, flag instructor, high school/college
teacher (worth points added to the final score) are to be brought with you to the audition.
Returning Veterans: One letter of recommendation from a professional reference to be brought with you to the
audition (worth points added to the final score).
Saturday, May 6th, 2017 – 11:30am-5:00pm at Ahearn Field House
11:30 - Registration
12:00 - Meeting
12:15 - Learn routine
3:00 - Auditions begin
5:00 - Meeting for ALL 2016 Color Guard members
Auditions are closed to all spectators and will consist of
1) basic flag fundamentals while marching (drop spins, double fast, right toss, parallel toss, etc.)
2) artistic flag routine (approx. 2 min in length)
The routine will be taught during the audition process and all prospective members will use K-State equipment. Please wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.
Results will be announced immediately following the auditions and will also be posted on the University Bands office bulletin board (226 McCain Auditorium). Color Guard positions are considered a1-yearposition. All Color Guard members must re-audition for each season. We will choose a performance squad based on skill-level presented by potential members. Judges will look at body carriage, attitude, equipment handling and control, timing, coordination, as well as recovery/effort.
Preferable qualities include:
● versatility as well as mastery of fundamentals
● must learn routines quickly
● must use proper technique (High School experience helpful)
● must be a performer
The K-State Marching Band will provide Color Guard primary performance uniforms.
Color Guard members must purchase: Secondary uniforms to include but not limited to:shoes, shorts, t-shirt, long-sleeved cold weather top, wind pants, wind jacket, winter jacket, short black socks, long black socks, hair accessories, performance makeup. (An order form will be sent out after auditions and additional items will be specified. First year member’s secondary uniform cost is approximately $350 based on last season.)
All Color Guard members will attend all summer camps, regular rehearsals, performances and parades. New members will be required to attend a weekend clinic during the summer to learn pre-game routines. As members of the band, the Color Guard will perform at all marching band functions unless determined other wise by the Director of Bands and Color Guard Coordinator.
The current schedule of required events is as follows:
Date Event Call time
May 6, 2017 Audition for 2017 team 11:00am
June 17 & 18, 2017 Rookie camp 8:00am
July 29 & 30, 2017 Technique camp 8:00am
Week of August 14, 2017 Band Camp 9:00am every day
Aug 31-Sept 1, 2017 Purple Power Play TBA (evening)
September 2, 2017 KSU V. Central Arkansas TBA
September 9, 2017 KSU V. Charlotte 49ers TBA
September 30, 2017 KSU V. Baylor TBA
October 7, 2017 Central States Marching Festisval TBA
October 14, 2017 KSU V. TCU TBA
October 21, 2017 KSU V. Oklahoma TBA
October 28, 2017 KSU V. KU TBA
November 11, 2017 KSU V. West Virginia TBA
November 25, 2017 KSU V. Iowa State TBA
TBA Band Banquet TBA
TBA Bowl Game TBA
TBA Pep bands TBA
WEEKLY REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
Monday (sectionals) 4pm-7:00pm
Tuesday (full band rehearsal) 3:30pm-5:30pm
Wednesday No Rehearsal
Thursday (full band rehearsal; sectionals) 3:30pm-6:30pm
Friday (tentative rehearsal--performance weeks only) 3:30pm-5:30pm
Saturday (performance) Average call time ranges from 6-8 hours prior to kick-off; determined by Director of Bands.
Please plan your fall class schedule around this rehearsal schedule!
Thank you for your interest in the Kansas State University Pride of Wildcat Land!
Questions? Need more information?
Contact Dr. Tracz at email@example.com
or call the Band Office 785-532-3816