Ole Miss Band – The Pride of the South

University of Mississippi

The Ole Miss Color Guard

Color Guard The Pride of the South Color Guard was formed in 1981 with 22 members. Today, the Guard consists of 40 talented individuals who use a variety of equipment to add color, movement, and excitement to the Ole Miss Marching Band’s performances. Members work diligently throughout the fall semester to perfect challenging pre-game and halftime routines using modern dance, flag, and rifle choreography.

They perform in front of thousands of Ole Miss fans at home, as well as select away games and bowl games. In addition to performing on the field, the members of the Color Guard also cheer on the Rebel football team with a variety of cheer and pom routines in the stands alongside their fellow band members. Color guard members are selected through auditions held each spring. Auditioning for the color guard requires performing a brief routine taught by the color guard instructor for a panel of judges.

Please direct any questions you may have to umband@olemiss.edu.


2015 UM Guard Auditions

April 11, Ole Miss Band Hall

Basic Fundamentals:  Drop spins (right and left handed); speed spins; wind mills; inverted wind mills; figure 8’s; slams (angles); presents.

Tosses: Horizontal toss (parallel toss); single toss.

Footwork: Passé; soté; sashé; coupé; relevé.

Attire: Please wear all black, close to form fitting so we can see body work…no baggy t-shirts.  Guard shoes, jazz shoes or tennis shoes…no sandals or barefoot.  Hair pulled back, however you like, but must be out of your face.  If earrings are worn, they must be small diamond studs…nothing distracting or dangling.  Clean basic make-up…no glitter, stickers, or anything costume-like.

Equipment: You will only need to bring a practice flag.  If you do not have one, we will loan you one for the day.