Color Guard Information 2019

Thank you for your interest in the University of Pittsburgh Colorguard. We encourage everyone to support the University and no better way than through the Varsity Marching Band program.

The colorguard performs at all the Panther home football games and various University and civic events.

At auditions, a short routine and fight song choreography will be taught. The students will be evaluated on skill, style, performance proficiency, and appearance.

The University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band is always looking for new talent to join the ranks of the University of Pittsburgh Colorguard. We look forward to seeing you at the auditions. The two audition dates will be April 17th, 2019 from 6:00pm-9:00pm in the Auxiliary Gym at the Peterson Events Center and Sunday, May 19th, from 10:00 am-2:00pm at the Cost Center. You are only required to attend one of the dates. Report time will 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. For any questions, please contact Mark Yohe at

The address for auditions:

Peterson Events Center: 3719 Terrace St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Cost Center: 350 Robinson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Most frequently asked questions:

How many students do you pick? There is not set number of squad members each year. Selection is based on ability and talent of each individual.

What is the time commitment of being a member? The Colorguard practices Monday through Thursday from 5:45pm - 7:45pm and Friday 5pm-7pm. Some additional practices may be called if routine is not completed in normal practice time. On weeks that there is no game, the practice schedule is less.

Band camp runs August 12-20 and we will have summer camp for Color Guard members July 19-21.

What tricks do I need to know?

- Advanced understanding of spinning and technique
- Advanced understanding of body movement while spinning
- Ability to perform in time while marching
- Tosses (horizontal, basic tosses, and 45 degree tosses)
- Rifle auditions will happen during the season

What is the cost involved if I am selected as a Colorguard? Each member is responsible for purchasing practice attire, game bags, and any other items specified by the Auxiliary Directors and captains. A good estimate is $300 to start. After staple items are purchased your first year, the consecutive years are much less.

Do I have to audition each year? YES, every member must audition each year. Being a former member does not automatically guarantee you a spot on the next season's squad. We want all members to keep up on their skill level.

Please complete the online form below!

Pitt Band 2016 Form

Pitt Band 2016 Form