The Fire of the Carolinas (FOTC) meets in the fall semester, performs for all home football games and special events around campus, and emphasizes creating a close-knit family atmosphere with its members. As well as wind and percussion instruments, the FOTC integrates color guard and twirlers to enhance our visual effects on the field. Our goal in the FOTC is to develop a sense of community between the music department, athletics, and throughout the university by performing quality, entertaining music. In addition to our normally scheduled class (Monday and Wednesday from 4:00-5:40), we host a band camp prior to school starting to develop the skills and techniques necessary to perform for the season; no marching experience is required. We understand that your time is valuable. Any admitted student enrolled in the FOTC and who successfully completes the season, will receive a scholarship of at least $500.

The FOTC maintains exceptionally high standards for feature twirlers. In order to be considered for a position, you must send a video showcasing your talent and complete an application (details below). Some of the essential skills required by applicants include the ability to perform a spin illusion, tosses, a variety of rolls, a variety of bodywork, well-developed multiple baton skills, and flexibility. Gymnastic skills and experience twirling fire is encouraged but are not required.

What to Submit

  • A cover letter stating your intent and reasons for applying
  • A current resume listing academic and twirling accomplishments, etc. Be sure to include contact information including a phone number and email address.
  • A 3- to 6-minute video highlighting your abilities including competition and marching band footage if available. The video should/may include these examples:
    • Competition performances (in costume)
    • On the field performances (if available)
    • Pep rally performances (if available)
    • 1, 2, and 3 baton skills as outlined above
    • Gymnastic skills (optional)
    • Note: A YouTube link is acceptable for the video.
  • A letter of recommendation from a current supervisor who can speak to your abilities and character.

Electronic submissions are to be sent to Dr. Jonathan Poquette, Director of Bands at by May 1st, 2023.

Live Auditions

Pending COVID guidelines, finalists may be invited to attend a live audition on Elon University’s campus (at the cost of the finalist). Finalists should prepare a 4- to 5-minute routine that includes 1, 2, and 3 baton tricks to any music of your choice. Marching band music is highly suggested. The live audition is followed by an interview with the judging panel. More information about the live audition will be sent to the finalists.