DATES: Auditions for the 2014 edition of "The Pride of West Virginia" Color Guard, a section of the WVU Marching Band, will take place at a mini-camp on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday April 27th, 2014. All prospective members, both new and veteran, must audition. Those accepted as members of the 2014 Color Guard must plan to attend mandatory summer camps June 20-22 and July 18-20 and Band Camp from August 8-16 on the WVU campus. More details about these summer camps will be provided following the April audition weekend.
TIMES: The hours for Saturday are 9:00 a.m. until approximately 9:00 p.m., including lunch and dinner breaks. The hours for Sunday (all prospective members, new and veteran, must attend this day as well) are 9:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m., including final ensemble auditions and a lunch break.
LOCATIONS: Register at 9 a.m. in the Lobby of the Creative Arts Center on Saturday. Audition sites will be located in and around the "CAC" and WVU Coliseum; these will be announced as-needed. Those that are unsure of where audition sites are located will be helped.
IMPORTANT: Students are responsible for their own lodging, transportation and meals during the April auditions and the summer camps. New member housing with veteran ensemble members may be available for the summer camps, if needed; more details about this will be provided to accepted members following the auditions.
AUDITION PROCEDURE: During the audition camp, participants will be learning the basic fundamentals of the WVU program, as well as body fundamentals, equipment and warm-up basics, as well as an audition routine and the beginning of pregame. The focus of Saturday's camp will be on training, with leadership auditions taking place on Saturday and final member auditions taking place on Sunday. The audition process for membership is cumulative of both days, focusing mainly on attitude, work ethic, and retention of material.
ATTIRE: If you have not previously been a member of the WVU Color Guard, please wear a solid white t-shirt or tank with black or blue shorts or jazz pants for audition attire. If you are a veteran member of the WVU Color Guard, wear your SPIN t-shirts with black or blue shorts or jazz pants with those auditioning for rank leader or assistant rank leader wearing gold t-shirts. Everyone should wear jazz shoes if you have them (preferred) or good quality athletic shoes. Hair should be secured out of the face (ponytails) and gloves are optional, but highly recommended, especially for the weapon clinic (details to be discussed at auditions).
EXPERIENCE: Some color guard experience is preferred, but there will be opportunities for individuals with less experience to still be part of the ensemble! Don't let inexperience prevent you from auditioning!
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Have fun! You are making a great decision and we are delighted to have you try-out.
Leadership auditions for rank leaders will take place during the audition mini-camp. Anyone interested in auditioning for one of four rank leader positions or one of six assistant rank leader positions should review the audition information letter. All individuals will be required to go through the same audition process which will take place during rehearsal on Saturday, as well as the ensemble audition on Sunday.
Selection will be based upon four categories and will be judged by an impartial panel of professional judges including some not directly involved with the WVU Color Guard program. The category breakdown is:
1. Leadership • A solid, efficient, and classy ensemble begins with highly talented leaders that lead by example. For this reason, our judges will be observing and scoring the participants in a) how they interact with their peers overall, and b) how they teach specific material. Previous season conduct will also be considered.
2. Performance • All participants must prepare a 2 minute silk routine to a specified piece of music showcasing their individual strengths and abilities as a performer. All forms of silk (swing flag, 6 and 7 ft. pole) and body are strongly encouraged. Show us what you can do!
3. Attitude • All participants are to compose a 1-2 page essay on the topic of What Makes a Good Leader and What Makes Me the Best Choice. This essay will then be presented and read to the judges in an interview. The reading will be followed by a brief question and answer session with the judges. Previous season conduct will also be considered.
4. Training • All applicants are familiar with the fast-paced/quick-retention aspect of the WVU program. Goals of the instructors include keeping the color guard ahead of the game and continuing to grow and develop the training level of the program. During this segment of the audition, applicants will be taught an advanced level routine involving both body and equipment. The focus for the judges here isn't as much on achievement as it is on attitude, approach to new material, and the ability to learn at a fast pace.
SCORING: At the conclusion of all judging, the scores will be tallied and those receiving the highest scores will be chosen as the new leaders for the 2014 season. Depending on leader audition turnout, assistant rank leaders may also be chosen based upon previous season achievement. This method is by far the fairest, most accurate way of determining who should be placed in the leadership positions. All decisions are final; please don't audition if you feel this method is not appropriate.