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General Information

General Information

The BMB Colorguard performs at all events with the Bearcat Marching Band, including home games, select away games, NCAA playoff games, pep rallies, Freshman Convocation, and invited exhibition performances. The members of the BMB Colorguard are students from a variety of majors across campus who love to perform and share in the Bearcat Gameday experience. Rehearsals are with the BMB (for course credit): Monday-Friday, 4:10-5:15. Additional rehearsals are held weekly to learn and polish choreography.

2019 Audition Information

Who is eligible to audition:

All current Northwest students and incoming freshmen


Charles Johnson Theater (CJT) in the Fine Arts Building on Northwest's campus


Saturday, July 27, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • 1st Half ........ 9:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Lunch .......... Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • 2nd Half ....... 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

How to register:

No registration required. Just show up!

What to bring:    

Please wear clothes and shoes that you feel comfortable moving in. Bring a water bottle and sunglasses as well, as we may go outside if weather permits. A flag will be provided for you, so you do not need to bring your own. Please bring a rifle if you have one or are interested in weapon line.

The Audition Process

As a group, applicants will be taught various fundamental skills used at Northwest, then a short “on the spot” routine will be taught that contains those skills and some others. There will be a mix of simple fundamentals and complex moves. The degree of difficulty of the routine is to see willingness, drive, and attitudes toward new material. Applicants will then be asked to perform the routine as a group. The routine will be performed several times to see corrections made and to assess endurance. Judging will take place across the course of the audition process, with an emphasis on applicant’s ability to adjust following instruction, remember and execute choreography consistently and accurately, attention to detail, and overall attitude. Members do not need to choreograph their own routines and will not be asked to perform the on-the-spot routine alone. It is strongly encouraged to attend the audition; however, if one is unable to attend the tryout date, email Dr. Katy Strickland or one of the captains for information on other options.

There will be a short rifle portion to tryouts. Rifle ability will not affect your chance to be on the team – we will judge based off flag ability. This is optional for those who have spun or wish to spin rifle.

For more information, please contact:

Northwest Band Department
Cassandra Alfstad
Colorguard Captain
Rylee Norman
Colorguard Captain