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.


Audition for the Ole Miss Color Guard

Auditions for the 2019 Pride of the South Color Guard will be held on Saturday, April 13 in the Ole Miss Band Facility.  There will be a brief clinic at 1:00pm, and auditions will begin at 1:30.  Audition will consist of a warm-up and a routine.  A six-foot flag will be provided to those who need one.  It will be perfectly fine to bring your own.  Attire should be black t-shirt or tank 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.

Auditions will be judged on technique, execution, precision of skill, attitude, work ethic, presence, and retention of material.  Those participating in auditions should be familiar with the following:

Flag Basic Skills

  • Drop Spin
  • Speed Spin
  • Windmill
  • Inverted Windmill
  • Carve
  • Carve Toss – Double
  • 45 Toss
  • Horizontal Toss

Dance Basic Skills

  • Jazz Run
  • Chassé
  • Passé
  • Sauté
  • Chainé Turn

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