Ole Miss Band – The Pride of the South

University of Mississippi

The Ole Miss Color Guard

Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss CommunicationsThe 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.

2017 Ole Miss Color Guard Auditions

Auditions for the 2017 Pride of the South Color Guard will be held on Saturday, April 22nd in the Ole Miss Band facility.  Feature Twirler auditions will begin at 9am and guard auditions will begin at 1pm.  The guard auditions will consist of a warm-up and a routine (taught then and there).  A six-foot flag will be provided, but you may bring your own if preferred.  Attire: black t-shirt or tank top with black shorts or jazz pants.  All performers should wear black or nude jazz shoes or good quality athletic shoes.  Hair should be pulled back and out of the face.

Performers will be judged on the following criteria:  technique; execution; precision of skill; attitude; work ethic; stage presence; and retention of material.  Those participating in auditions should be familiar with the following techniques:  Flag basics – to include:  drop spin; speed spin; windmill; inverted windmill; carve; and carve toss.  Dance basics – to include:  jazz run; chasse; passe; saute; and chaine turn.

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