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Guard Auditions 2019

Color Guard interested in joining the Marching Royal Dukes must attend ther respective audition day:

New students must visit fill out the MRD Member Form before attending auditions.

MRD Member Form

GUARD - SATURDAY, June 22, 2019

Information with details about this event are posted below and mailed to all indicating their interest in joining one of those auxiliary units. For additional information, please contact our Color Guard Instructor, Carly Philp at

Itinerary & Event Information

CLICK HERE to dowload a PDF of the Guard audition itinerary.


SATURDAY, June 24, 2018

JMU Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

8:30am                         Registration opens – Room 1115, Forbes Center

9:30am                         Opening remarks & Introductions – JMU Band Staff


        • Warm-up & Stretching
        • Dance Technique
        • Learn Dance portion of choreography

12:00-1:00pm              Lunch for participants @ D-hub

                                    Meal vouchers provided

1:00-4:30pm                AFTERNOON AUDITION SESSIONS

        • Flag Technique
        • Learn Flag portion of choreography


4:30-5:30pm                Dinner for GUARD participants - Provided by JMU Bands


5:30-8:00pm                EVENING AUDITION SESSIONS

        • Final Audition in small groups, performing the learned dance & flag choreography
        • Rifle & Sabre tryouts (if interested in weapon line)
Location & Parking for Auditions

Auditions will take place on campus at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts and the Music Building. The Forbes Center is located off of South Main Stree/Rte.11 at the west end of the JMU Quad. Parking for auditions will be in the Warsaw Parking Deck, conveniently located adjacent to the Forbes Center.

Registration will be held in Room 1115 on the first floor (signs will be posted). For a campus map, visit

Our physical address for your G.P.S. is: 147 Warsaw Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Recommended Directions:

  1. Enter Harrisonburg from I-81 via Exit 245 (Port Republic)
  2. Travel WEST on Port Republic Road (you will pass a campus entrance on the right)
  3. Turn RIGHT onto Rte.11-N/South Main Street (after your turn, stay in the left lane)
  4. At the next stoplight (Warsaw Ave.), turn LEFT to access the Warsaw Parking Deck; The parking garage is adjacent to the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts.
  5. Exit the parking deck and follow the signs to the right to the Forbes Center entrance. Enter through the first set of doors on the LEFT side of the building.
What to Bring

ALL participants should wear appropriate clothes for learning routines (work-out/dance clothes and running shoes/dance shoes – no jeans or sandals). 

Flags will be provided (all participants will audition using the same equipment).  If individuals would like to be considered for the weapon line (in addition to the flag line), they must provide their own rifle and/or sabre. 

Please note that all audition sessions will be held outside (unless there is inclement weather), so please dress appropriately.  In case of rain, we have secondary locations reserved if necessary. 

Specific Questions?

If you have specific questions about the audition processes, please feel free to contact our instructors:

Carly Philp -

Laure Milford - 

Any questions about the event times, locations, etc. can be addressed by contacting the JMU Band Office at (540) 568-6656, or visiting the MRD website:



JUNE 24-26                           MRD staff meets to discuss candidates and audition results.

WEEK OF JUNE 26               The JMU Band Office will send an e-mail to each participant indicating the individual audition results. 

In addition to the e-mail, the JMU Band Office will send a formal letter to each participant indicating the individual audition results. 

IF ACCEPTED            All individuals ACCEPTED to the 2017 JMU Marching Royal Dukes:

        • Register for MUAP 237 – Section 0001
        • Check e-mail and mail at home for additional details about the season as well as a pre-camp packet (end of July) to include important details about the season.
        • Check the MRD website periodically for updates about Band Camp, Season Music, etc.


IF DECLINED            All individuals NOT ACCEPTED to the 2017 JMU Marching Royal Dukes:

        • If signed up for MUAP 237, please delete that class from your fall schedule.
        • No additional  action will be required.
        • Please consider being a part of the JMU Nuance Winterguard program, as well as auditioning for the 2018 JMU Marching Royal Dukes.


AUGUST 18-24                    MRD Pre-Season Band Camp

        • Registration for MRD Camp and Move-In to JMU Residence Halls will occur on Sunday, August 18.
        • All camp information will be available on the MRD website.


SEASON SCHEDULE            Please see a copy of the MRD performance schedule for all JMU football games, exhibition performances/road trips, community events, etc.

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