Spirit Requirements for Feature Twirlers

About the Feature Twirlers at UC

The twirlers are a section of the Bearcat Spirit (Marching and Basketball/Pep) Band. By virtue of their role as highly visible and--to a degree--soloistic performers, they are honored by having their names announced at public performances along with the band directors and drum majors. Their mission is to visually represent the musical excellence of our band and entertain our fans through the traditional craft and innovative art of twirling.

  • Required skills of a UC Feature Twirler
    • 5 Spin - Gym
    • 4 Spin Left
    • 4 Spin Backhand
    • 4 Spin Catch Back
    • 1 Spin Double Illusion
    • Double Walkover
    • Grand Jete Walkover
    • Low Contact Body Work
    • Strong Body Work
    • Entertainment Skills
  • Other intangibles
    • Commitment to be present at every function of the Bearcat Marching and Basketball Bands made known to you
    • Well spoken, verbally and in writing
    • Mannerly
    • Well groomed
    • Mature and befitting cognitive and emotional capabilities
    • Emphasis on the good of the team and band over self-interest
  • Willingness to learn, if new info
    • How to read drill charts

Feature Twirler Auditions 2021-22

Prospective new twirlers audition in a two-step process, all virtual. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the limited experience it afforded, veterans interested in returning are exempted from this process for 2021-22 only. We anticipate returning to our normal, live process in 2022-23.

Step 1: Candidate Review and Video Prescreening

  • Due: March 26, 2021
  • Provide a twirling resume and headshot. The resume should outline your competitive twirling career and performance experience, current and former coaches, and awards.
  • Include
    • Full Name
    • Address
    • Mobile Phone Number
    • Personal, not School, Email Address
    • Current acceptance status at the University of Cincinnati and major, if declared
    • Three references for contact. Ideally, one each of a school administrator, band director, and coach.
  • Include a YouTube link (or other cloud-based format) of a live performance from a competition or non-competitive setting or, ideally, a combination of both. We are looking to see your highest skill set and your ability to perform for a crowd.
  • Send all of the above in one email to BearcatBands@ucmail.uc.edu.
  • Once materials have been received and reviewed, selected candidates will be invited to submit a final audition video. All prospective twirlers will receive a response by March 31, 2021.

Step 2: Auditions for Invited Finalists

  • Due: April 9, 2021
  • Submit another video using the same method as in Step 1.
    1. A 2-to-3 minute routine choreographed to music of your choice utilizing your strongest assets as a twirler. Body work, variety of catches, floor coverage, multiple baton work, musicality, and overall performance skills will be judged. Note the list of required skills available on the band's website.
    2. Down the field strut to a march (which can be school fight song) or other martial music. There is no time limit, but you should cover the length of a standard gym. This should include tosses with movement underneath them that you would use during a parade and moving across the football field.
  • A virtual interview will be scheduled with you to discuss your collegiate goals and desire to perform at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Final results will be announced by April 16, 2021.

Summer Camps

Summer Camps for Twirlers
Date Title Location Time
August 10, 2021 Feature Twirlers Preseason Camp begins Rockwern Band Center on UC Main Campus All day