A twirler holding two batons that are on fire at a game.

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.

Audition process

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

The Yellow Jacket Marching Band is currently looking for twirlers interested in the
2020-2021 Georgia Tech Feature Twirler(s) position.
Please see below for important dates in the audition process – this packet includes
additional details regarding requirements, etc.


January 18, 2020 – Early Action decisions released
February 14, 2020 – Deadline to submit audition video
March 1, 2020 – Invitations sent to in-person Feature Twirler finalists
March 14, 2020 – Regular Admission decisions released
April 18 or 19, 2020 – Feature Twirler auditions in-person on Georgia Tech campus
(specific day still being determined, but will be this weekend)
Week before school starts – Band camp

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 the Golden Girl position are truly immeasurable. Football game days are some of the most exciting days of the semester for the Georgia Tech Feature Twirler. 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

Audition Information

A twirler holding burning batons while also holding one with her teeth at a football game.

Candidates interested in the Georgia Tech Feature Twirler position should submit a video demonstrating their twirling abilities. The video should be 4-8 minutes long and include one, two, and three baton skills. A link to the video should be emailed to Colleen Murphy, Georgia Tech Feature Twirler Coordinator at cpmurphy2012@gmail.com by February 14, 2020.


In addition to the video, please send:

  •  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)

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.


Select candidates will be invited to an in-person audition the weekend of April 18-19 on
Georgia Tech’s campus. These candidates will be chosen from their video and will be
contacted by March 1, 2020.

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