Grand Valley State University –

Feature Twirler Tryout Information

About the Position

            The GVSU Feature Twirler is an icon on campus. She performs at every home football game, at the away games the band attends, at every home basketball game, and at any function to which she is invited. She practices in the Campus Rec Center throughout the year, and with the band during football season. Because of this exposure, the Feature Twirler must maintain a professional reputation. A high level of twirling is expected by the band staff, fans, and fellow marching band members. Additionally, the Feature Twirler must maintain high academic standards and a strong work ethic. Every winter during Kid’s Day at GVSU Basketball games, the GVSU Feature Twirler holds a Twirler for a Day clinic, allowing younger twirlers and community children a chance to perform for the community. By following these guidelines, the next GVSU Feature Twirler will uphold the standards set forth by previous twirlers and will maintain the position for twirlers to come.

Ideal applicant

The following are a list of attributes of the next GVSU Feature Twirler:

  • High academic standards, ideally a student of the GVSU Frederick Meijer Honors College
  • Required tricks
  • Knowledge that the twirler attends every band rehearsal, performance, leadership events, and function – essentially, she acts just as every member of the band does

Required Tricks

  • Double illusion
  • Toss double split leap
  • 4 spin R, L, and backhand required; 5 spin R, L, and backhand desired
  • Back neck rolls
  • Flexibility for leg holds, scales, leaps, etc.
  • Strong 2-baton skills
  • Strong 3-baton skills
  • 4-baton desired

Process

Page last modified January 12, 2014