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Twirlers

Twirlers

The Georgia Tech Feature Twirler is an integral part of the Georgia Tech Marching Band. Traditionally known as the “Golden Girl” to the student body, the GT Feature Twirler contributes pride and spirit to all Yellow Jacket Fans. The GT Feature Twirler performs at all home football games, select away games, and all bowl/post season games. They also have the opportunity to travel with a spirit band to away games. Other than football games, the GT Feature Twirler performs at various events throughout the year including basketball games and community events. The GT Feature Twirler holds an esteemed position on campus and is frequently asked to be featured in campus publications and perform at private events.

The Yellow Jacket Marching Band will field between one and four Feature Twirlers each season. We are not only looking for twirlers who meet the requirements listed below, but those who exemplify Georgia Tech excellence to wear the white and gold!

Audition process

A twirler doing a split with two burning batons in Georgia Tech's Endzone.
Songee Barker (Georgia Tech Golden Girl 2013)

Important Information and Deadlines

The Yellow Jacket Marching Band is currently looking for twirlers interested in the
2021-2022 Georgia Tech Feature Twirler(s) position. The band fields between one and four Feature Twirlers each season and twirlers are required to tryout every year (even returners). Please see below for important dates in the audition process: 

December 31, 2020 – Deadline to submit audition video
January 29, 2021 – Invitations sent to in-person Feature Twirler finalists
Mid-April 2021 – Feature Twirler finalist auditions on Georgia Tech campus (this is subject to change based on COVID-19 policies – if needed, we may do a virtual finalist audition) 

What to submit

Candidates interested in the Georgia Tech Feature Twirler position should submit a video demonstrating their twirling abilities and supporting materials detailing their twirling background. 

Audition Video

The video should be 4-8 minutes long and include one, two, and three baton skills. To be considered for the position, candidates must be able to demonstrate:

  • • Toss walkover or cartwheel (walkover preferred)
  • • 3 spins, horizontal and vertical
  • • Toss double illusion
  • • Bodywork and dance (leaps, laybacks, kicks, turn combinations, etc.)
  • • One additional double element trick (two different elements put together and can include bodywork and gymnastics - for example, leap walkover, kick illusion, etc.)
  • • 2 and 3-baton including horizontal/vertical combinations, juggle series, high low tricks, etc. 4-baton skills highly recommended.

A YouTube link or other online media link is acceptable. The link to the video, as well as the supporting materials, should be emailed to Colleen Murphy, Georgia Tech Feature Twirler Coordinator at cpmurphy2012@gmail.com by December 31, 2020. You will receive a confirmation email upon receipt. 

Supporting Materials 

In addition to the video, please send:

  • • A cover letter 
  • • Twirling resume highlighting accomplishments and experience 
  • • Full length photo in twirling costume 
  • • One letter of recommendation by a twirling coach/mentor
  • • Copy of acceptance letter to the Georgia Institute of Technology (if already accepted – if still waiting on decision, please let us know in your email)

 

Additional materials, such as a second letter of recommendation, will be considered but are not mandatory. 

All materials should be submitted electronically to Colleen Murphy, Georgia Tech Feature Twirler Coordinator at cpmurphy2012@gmail.com by December 31, 2020. You will receive a confirmation email upon receipt. 

Live Finalist Tryout

Select candidates will be invited to an in-person audition on Georgia Tech’s campus in mid-April. The tryout date will not conflict with any major competitions. These candidates will be chosen from their audition video and will be contacted by January 29, 2021. Additional details will be included in the finalist email at that time. 

Performance Opportunities

Being the Georgia Tech Feature Twirler opens the door for numerous opportunities both on the field and off. Previous Feature Twirlers have been featured in stories on the Official Georgia Tech website homepage, performed for and met with the CEO of Bank of America, received internship offers from employers that saw performances, traveled to Ireland to perform with the Yellow Jacket Marching Band, performed at one of the first ever football games in the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, and been on a first name basis with the President of Georgia Tech. The opportunities that come with being a Georgia Tech Feature Twirler are truly immeasurable. Football game days are some of the most exciting days of the semester. This is an example of what a typical game day at home would look like (please note that kickoff times vary):

  •  9:30 am – Breakfast tailgate with the GT Spirit Program
  •  10:10 am – Lead Yellow Jacket Alley Parade
  •  10:30 am – Perform with Spirit Band around Campus
  •  11:00 am – Campanile Performance
  •  11:20 am – “Bud” Performance on Cherry Street
  •  11:40 pm – Lead parade to stadium
  •  11:50 pm – Perform in Callaway Plaza
  •  12:05 pm – Pregame on Field
  •  12:20 pm – Kick-off… GO JACKETS!!
  •  2:20 pm – Halftime
  •  4:20 pm – Perform “The Horse” on the field post-game

2020-2021 Georgia Tech Feature Twirler, Molly Meilunas

A blonde girl holding two batons in her right hand, smiling while pointing them toward the camera.

Molly Meilunas is a first-year student from Fairhope, Alabama and has been twirling baton since she was nine years old. Molly has been both an Alabama state and south regional title holder, including being named the 2018 Junior Miss Majorette of the South.

In addition, she has placed top ten at NBTA Nationals many times, even making Strut finals in 2018. In addition to competing, Molly has used her twirling talents to light up the pageant stage. She was Miss Coastal Alabama’s Outstanding Teen 2018 and Miss Troy University’s Outstanding Teen 2019. She placed in the Top Ten at Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen two years in a row. During high school, Molly worked as a student baton coach for her studio, Eastern Shore Twirlers. She loved to witness the joy on her student’s faces when they caught a new trick for the first time.

Molly also founded her own twirling club at her high school in which she was Captain of for all four years. She loved having the opportunity to share her love of baton twirling with her community, and she cannot wait to continue doing just that here at Georgia Tech. Molly is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, FTK and the Phi Mu Fraternity. She plans on earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering and is so excited for the opportunity to perform with the Yellow Jacket Marching Band as Georgia Tech’s Golden Girl!

Scholarship

The Georgia Tech Feature Twirler is supported by the Miller Family Endowment Fund. The exact scholarship amount varies year to year and a small textbook stipend is also included.

Contact Information

For questions, concerns, or comments please contact:


Colleen Murphy: Georgia Tech Feature Twirler Coordinator
cpmurphy2012@gmail.com
301-580-1474


Chris Moore: Georgia Tech Band Director
chris.moore@music.gatech.edu
404-894-8977