Welcome to the home of the Elon University “Fire of the Carolinas” Marching Band! As the “Soundtrack of the Phoenix,” our mission is to entertain Phoenix fans and support our teams and have a great time in the process! GO PHOENIX!
The “Fire of the Carolinas” marching band is a contemporary college marching band that performs three to four high-energy, entertainment-focused shows each year (plus pregame and stands performances). The band has a close-knit, family atmosphere that is a blast to be a part of. In addition, we perform during the games in the stands and at various athletic and university events around campus. The band rehearses twice a week, so the time commitment is minimal and easily manageable (no more than a normal two-day-a-week class).
Everyone in the band receives a small scholarship just for participating. The scholarship begins at $500 and increases each year you are in the band up to $1,000.
- Course Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:00 P.M. – 5:40 P.M.
- Fall 2023 Schedule
The Fire of the Carolinas Marching Band Color Guard is now accepting new members for the fall 2022 season!! If you are interested in joining, please feel free to email Dr. Poquette, or you can request information through our online interest form.
As a Feature Twirler for the Fire of the Carolinas marching band, you will have the opportunity to perform at all home football games, select basketball games, and additional events around campus. Our twirlers regularly twirl fire batons and are asked to coach younger twirlers. As a feature twirler, you will receive a scholarship ranging from $1,000 – $2,000 to participate in the organization. Please follow the following link for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to audition to join the band?
No! All Elon Students with previous experience in band or color guard are welcome to join. Part auditions for the drum line will be held during pre-season camp.
Can I join if I've never done marching band before?
Yes! No previous marching band experience is required, however you must have previous instrumental or guard experience.
Will I have time to be marching band?
Absolutely! The time requirement is much less than most high school programs. The band rehearses Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 P.M. -5:40 P.M.
How many shows does the "Fire of the Carolinas" perform each season?
We perform high energy, crowd pleasing half time shows at each home football game, plus a pre-game show and wide variety of stands tunes.
Do marching band members receive any scholarships?
Yes! Members receive a scholarship ranging from $500-$1,000 just for participating!
Why should I join "The Fire of the Carolinas"?
Members of the FOTC find that the friendships and memories they make during marching band are among the most lasting of their lives. The camaraderie and family environment within the band is outstanding, and you will enter college with a large network of friends from a wide variety of majors. Also, performing great music for thousands of cheering fans at every game is pretty awesome, too!
Is there a band camp before school starts?
Yes! Pre-season camp begins approximately 10 days before school starts and is mandatory for all members. Members are allowed to move into their University housing at that time, free of charge. Great way to beat the crowd!
How do I join the band?