Marching Illini Auditions for the 2024 season are now open!

audition process

  • You may participate in several Guard Clinics throughout the spring semester to prepare for the Audition Day
  • No final decisions are made during the Guard Clinics and these are not required to make the team
  • Prospective students interested in joining the Marching Illini Color Guard must participate in our auditions in April
  • The Marching Illini Color Guard Auditions consist of technique, fundamentals, and learning the audition routine
  • You will not be required to choreograph routines during the audition
  • All materials, routines, music, and equipment will be taught via video

Instructions for Submitting a Marching Illini Video Audition

  • Create your audition video FIRST – be sure you can upload it to the audition platform OR if you have multiple videos, edit them and submit your video audition in 1 link either through YouTube or GoogleDrive
  • Submit our on-line audition registration form
  • Upload a video in the audition form OR copy a link to your video in the field provided – if you submitted the audition registration form already without your video audition, send Professor Houser ( an email with a link to your audition video
  • Submit the audition registration form

Audition Requirements for Color Guard

  • Please make sure you wear clothing that allows for movement and isn’t too loose on the body
  • Introduce yourself, your first & last name, age, where you are from, and what year in school you will be in the fall
  • Review and learn the following AUDITION VIDEO
  • Use the AUDITION COUNT SHEET to assist
  • Watch this video about The Audition Process
  • Once you record your audition video, see the information below for submitting your Marching Illini Video Audition
  • Round 1 Video submissions due April 1 at 11:59pm
  • Those chosen to move on to the final audition will be requested to come to campus April 20