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Guard Auditions 2024

  • June 1, 2024 - Video Auditions Due
  • June 22, 2024 - On-Campus Auditions

All prospective MRD Guard members must submit video audition materials (June 1) and attend our in-person audition day (June 22) in order to be considered for the 2024 MRD Season.  Please read below for more information.

Important Dates:

Video Submission & Colorguard Member Profile Deadline
June 1, 2024 by 11:59 PM EST

In-Person Audition Day
June 22, 2024 (full day)

NOTE: Both the video submission and in-person audition are required for consideration. If you have a conflict with the in-person date, please e-mail Carly Philp to discuss your conflict and options for completing the process:

REMINDERS:  All student auditions (video and in-person sections) MUST be complete by June 22nd to be considered for the team.  If you are marching drum corps you must complete your audition before you leave for the summer as there is an in-person requirement to the process.

Part 1: Online/Video Submission Information - due June 1st by 11:59pm EST

Each prospective member must submit their video auditions by June 1, 2024 by 11:59 PM EST. Members will be required to submit 2 audition videos:

1. Technique Video:

Breakdown of Skills:

Please complete this video using a metronome that is audible in the videos.

This video should include the following technical skills (see video for skills breakdowns):


  • 32cts jazz walks
  • 32 cts jazz runs
  • 32cts chasse
  • 32 cts saute arebesque
  • 16cts chaine turn combination left & right
  • 16cts saute combination left & right


  • 64cts dropspins with tendus right & left
  • 64cts pole hits with passes right & left
  • Cones combination right & left: 32cts with hits & 16cts smooth
  • 32cts hand flips with plie & relieve right & left
  • 5 pole hit tosses
  • 5 basic 45 degree tosses
  • 5 one-handed 45 degree tosses
  • 5 money-hand tosses
  • 5 22.5 tosses
  • 5 top stopper tosses (this is a challenge - just try your best!)
  • JMU Fight Song marching & spinning 32cts

RIFLE (optional):

  • 100 Handspins right & left (optional body underneath - your choice)
  • Tosses - 3 of each toss up to your highest comfortable rotation (optional body underneath - your choice) 

SABRE (optional):

  • 100 Handspins right & left (optional body underneath - your choice)
  • Hilt Tosses - 3 of each toss up to your highest comfortable rotation (optional body underneath - your choice)
  • Blade Tosses - 3 of each toss up to your highest comfortable rotation (optional body underneath - your choice) 

2. Past Performance Video: 

Give us a link to a previous marching band or winterguard show you have been in!  And make sure to tell us where we can find you in the video!

A Few Examples: Example 1 / Example 2 / Example 3

**All videos must be uploaded to YouTube as either public or unlisted videos (not private).  Once uploaded, you can fill out our member information survey and paste your sharable link(s) at the end.  If you would like to be considered for weapon lines please make sure to include the additional information in the technique video.

3. Colorguard Member Profile:

The Colorguard Member Profile must be completed by the Video Audition Deadline, June 1, 2024. This is where you will submit your video audition links. 

Complete the Colorguard Member Profile - CLICK HERE

4. MRD Membership Form:

All prospective MRD Colorguard members should ALSO complete the MRD Member Form by the Video Audition deadline of June 1, 2024.

Complete the 2024 MRD MEMBERSHIP FORM prior to the June 22 In-Person Audition. 

Part 2: In-Person Audition - June 22nd, 2024

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

Carly Philp -

Jessica MacIntosh -

Taylor Wolfe -

Make sure to join the 2024 JMU MRD Colorguard Interest Groupfor more specific audition information and to ask any questions.

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