2024 Jaguar Marching Band Feature Twirler Search

Posted on January 18, 2024 by Dr. Will Petersen
Dr. Will Petersen

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Jaguar Marching Band Feature Twirlers

Position: Feature Twirler, University of South Alabama Jaguar Marching Band
Position Begins: Fall 2024
Scholarship: $7500 – can be stacked with other academic scholarships
Application Deadline: February 15, 2024


The University of South Alabama Jaguar Marching Band is now accepting applications for a feature twirler beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year. The successful candidate must exhibit superior twirling abilities, perform as a first-class ambassador for the University of South Alabama, and be able to maintain excellent academic credentials throughout their career on campus. The Jaguar Marching Band will plan to accept applications on a yearly basis, with the intent to maintain between 1 - 3 feature twirlers on any given year. The feature twirlers selected will receive a $7500 scholarship - renewable for up to four years of service to the Jaguar Marching Band if the candidate meets the scholarship’s requirements. The $7500.00 scholarship award is stackable with other academic scholarships. In addition, all equipment, uniforms, and travel are paid for by the University of South Alabama Jaguar Marching Band.

Candidates MUST be fully admitted to the University of South Alabama in order to be considered as a finalist for the position.  Applicants must submit a cover letter, two letters of recommendation, resume/portfolio of your twirling and academic accomplishments, and a video of themselves performing a solo routine. The solo routine may be from 90 seconds to 3 minutes long. This routine should be the first item on the video. In addition, the video compilation may include other examples of the applicant's competitive twirling appearances, as well as any solo, duet, and parade performances they have given. The entire video compilation should not exceed 5 minutes.  

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a four turn, one-spin illusion, 2 and 3 baton work, and multiple leaps. Applicants should also be able to show the ability to travel across a large area, flexibility, and showmanship.

All submissions must be received by February 15, 2024.

Questions regarding the application process or requirements should be directed to Dr. Robert Abend, Associate Director of Bands at robertabend@southalabama.edu.


2024 Jaguar Marching Band Feature Twirler Application


About the Jaguar Marching Band

The University of South Alabama Jaguar Marching Band is an ensemble of over 250 select musicians, color guard, and feature twirlers.  The Jaguar Marching Band serves as an ambassador for the University, the soundtrack for USA Football, and a touchstone for Jaguar fans and alumni. The JMB has been featured in local, regional and national performances in its 15 year history. 

The band is under the direction of Director of Bands, Dr. William Petersen, Associate Director of Bands, Dr. Robert Abend, and Assistant Director of Bands Dr. Clayton Maddox.  The Jaguar Marching Band Twirler Coach is Ms. Michaela Rader.


About the University of South Alabama

We’re the University of South Alabama. South, for short. Home to nearly 14,000 students and more than 115 academic programs, South is a dynamic community of leaders and learners who support and challenge one another to be actively engaged citizens who advance the Gulf Coast region and the world. Founded in 1963, South’s vision is to foster an environment that couples engaging learning experiences with high-level research, enabling our faculty and students to be leaders in their disciplines.

The unique and beautiful Gulf Coast region is a catalyst for discovery and innovation, and South’s 1,200-acre campus has been transformed over the past decade with new facilities and resources for teaching, housing and recreation, health sciences, the arts, engineering, computer science and athletics.

Jaguar athletes compete in 17 NCAA Division I sports, including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

The coastal region is healthier because of the USA Health system. Through its five components — Children’s & Women’s Hospital, University Hospital, Mitchell Cancer Institute, USA Health Physicians Group and the Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine — and supported by the College of Nursing and the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions — USA Health provides care to hundreds of thousands of people, and is a training ground for future physicians and healthcare professionals.

The University has implemented a strategic plan that is organized around five major priorities: Student Access and Success, Enhancement of Research and Graduate Education, Global Engagement, Excellence in Health Care, and University-Community Engagement. These priorities are the guiding influence in developing a strong, consistent vision for the future of the University.

USA is a place where students discover and strengthen their career passions, and form connections that result in lifelong relationships. At South, we look at the world and see things that we have the power to change, affect and shape — together. So that’s exactly what we do, every single day.



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