Color Guard

The Marching Thunder Color Guard performs on a variety of equipment including flags, rifles, and sabers. Membership in the color guard section of the Marching Thunder is open to all students of Marshall University and local community colleges. We welcome and invite your participation. We want you here! If you have any question regarding involvement in The Marching Thunder as a color guard member, you are more than welcome to reach out to any of our student leaders below or contact Maurica Smith is our color guard coordinator. If you have specific questions for the Director, please contact Dr. Christopher Schletter.

Our Marshall University Color Guard Clinic is open to any and all students from middle school through high school. This is not only for those who wish to join the Marching Thunder. 

This year we will have our color guard clinic on April 7th from 1:00 – 5:30. This clinic is open to students of ALL ages who are interested in gaining more experience and improving your skillsets and knowledge in the area of color guard. We will workshops on different equipment techniques, tosses, and small combos. The clinic is $10 for all those who attend. It’s a great way to learn and expand your knowledge in preparations for the upcoming marching band season. Please bring your own equipment, as our supplies are limited.

Color Guard Clinic
Date: April 7th
Time: 1pm – 5:30pm
Location: Henderson Center Band Room

Payment for Clinic

You can securely pay for the clinic here online or you can bring cash with you. If you prefer to pay by check, please make the check out to Kappa Kappa Psi.

Color Guard Auditions
Date: April 7th
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Henderson Center Band Room

After the clinic, there will be an audition for all those who are interested in joining the Marching Thunder Color Guard in the fall. The purpose of the Color Guard audition process is to determine the talent level of each candidate and of the group as a whole. Those auditioning will learn a short combination which will help us understand how candidates improve, which illustrate each person’s ability to learn new material.

We are not focused on a single moment within the prescribed audition material. Skill is not the most important part of the audition. There are several aspects that we look for in our color guard members. This might include a positive attitude, willingness to learn, dedication and drive, work ethic, teamwork, and enthusiasm for the activity. We encourage all interested students with a desire to be a part of something bigger than themselves to get involved and join us at auditions.

Flags will be available for use but you’re welcome to bring your own. You must bring your own rifle and saber if you wish to participate in those classes.

All black form-fitting attire is required
Hair should be pulled away from face
Tennis or performance shoes

Equipment and Technique/Exercises:
Flags will be provided but you’re more than welcome to bring your own! If you do, a 6-foot pole is required.
Basic flag technique (good to know but not required):

  • Drop spins
  • Peggy spins
  • Cones
  • Pull hits
  • Various vertical and pitch tosses

Additional Audition Considerations:
The audition process is designed to take into considerations several aspects of the candidate. Most obviously, the technical abilities of the individual are a primary consideration. However, there are several other qualities the staff and director consider during the audition and rehearsal process which are equally important. Some of these would include character, integrity, and attitude. Additionally, the candidate should demonstrate the ability to take and apply criticism for further personal growth and development, as well as the ability to work as part of a team in collaboration toward a common goal.

The Marching Thunder is a highly visible entity of Marshall University and we hold our member to a high musical and social standard.

It’s recommended to bring a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, and appropriate mask.
Rifle and saber auditions will be held for our members at a later date. Weapon experience is not required for membership with the color guard.

If you cannot attend the audition or need to audition virtually please contact us for further information.

All rehearsals will be on the following Saturday’s from 10am-2pm.
May 11
May 25
June 8
June 22
July 13
July 27
Aug 3
*Video assignments will also be given throughout the summer.

2023 Color Guard Captains

Gabby Casey
Savannah Smith
Haley Smith



Support the Marching Thunder

Upcoming Wind Band Performances

April 18th – Final Wind Band concert of the year. Guest ensemble includes Cabell-Midland High School. Features the Marshall U. Symphonic Band & Wind Symphony.

All concerts can be found on our YouTube Channel here.


Marching Thunder Events

Fall 2024 Performance Schedule
Next season’s game and performance schedule will be determined in the spring. Please stay tuned.

31st – Home vs. Stoney Brook

7th – Possible Exhibition
21st – Possible OSU Game
28th – Home vs. W. Michigan

5th – Home vs. App State
17th (Thurs) – Home vs. GA St.
26th – Tri-State Marching Championships

2nd – Home vs. ULM
16th – Home vs. CCU

7th – Possible SBC Championships
Possible Post-season Bowl Game