Welcome to the FOTC COLOR GUARD!



Hello from our Captain:

Hey, my name is Lauren Ventresca and I am the 2018 color guard captain. I am a special and elementary education major with a Spanish minor in the class of 2019. I started doing color guard with the marching band and winter guard my first year at Chatham High School in Chatham, New Jersey. I now enjoy spinning flags with the Fire of the Carolinas at Elon University. We spin flags on the field, participate in pep rallies and university events, and have pom-poms in the stands. We would love to have you join our group. If you have been doing color guard your whole life or just want to give it a try feel free to consider joining. My email is lventresca@elon.edu and I would be love to get to know you!

We Want You to Spin with Us!

The Fire of the Carolinas Marching Band Color Guard is now accepting new members for the fall 2018 season!! If you are interested in joining, click the following link and fill out our 2018 FOTC Commitment Form: https://goo.gl/forms/fDhZGcW7KHVew4J32 Filling out the form places you on the official roster of the 2018 FOTC! If you have questions, please feel free to email Dr. Kehl (akehl@elon.edu), or you can request information via the button on the left side of this page. GO PHOENIX!!


How Much Guard Specific Experience Do I Need to Join?

Our Color Guard members come from a variety of backgrounds including:

●      Color Guard Experience

●      Dance experience

●      Band Experience

●      Cheerleading Experience

●      Some members joined with No Previous Guard Experience, just a willingness to try and work hard!


What’s the Time Commitment?

Much lower than the majority of HS and College Guards!! During August color guard members participate in band camp in order to get ready for the upcoming marching band season! During the school year, we practice just twice a week, so it’s no more than a normal two-day a week class! Additionally, we have a guard only sectional once a week. We participate in all football games, pep rallies, and university events with the band. You’ll have plenty of time to do guard and still participate in other activities and take advantage of all the things Elon has to offer!


Is there a Scholarship?

YES! As a color guard member, you are also a member of Elon University “Fire of the Carolinas” Marching Band. Each year you receive the band scholarship for participating. The scholarship starts at $500 and increases every year you participate!


Is Marching Band a Class?

YES! Color Guard and Band members all register for MUS 109. This is an academic class that counts towards graduation as an expression credit (plus you get a scholarship)! Non-music majors can also be reimbursed for the cost of this class if registering pushes you over the 18 credit cap.


What are the Benefits of Participating in Color Guard?

You get to continue to perform and do something you love, but there’s even more:

○      Move to campus early for preseason camp for no extra charge

○      Earn an Expression Credit

○      Scholarships!!!

○      Physical Activity

○      No fees, No Charges, No Fundraising, everything is provided

○      Lots of free swag!

Social Benefits:

○      The Guard and the Band have one of the most positive, diverse, welcoming, family atmospheres of any group on campus!

○      Participate with students from nearly every major on campus and from all over the United States

○      Meet other students before classes even start in August

○      Friendships that will last a lifetime

○      Team Spirit and Unity

○      As the heart of the school spirit on campus, you make a lasting connection to Elon and bring spirit and enthusiasm to games and events across campus.


Who to Contact if  You Want to Visit Us:

If you would like more information, just click the “Request Information” button on the left side of page and fill out the form. If you are visiting campus during a fall semester and want to stop by a practice or spend a game day with the band, please contact Assistant Director of Bands Mrs. Melody Causby, mcausby@elon.edu


Follow Us on Social Media:

@FOTC_colorguard on Twitter and @fotccolorguard on Instagram