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The Frenship Band program has a long tradition of outstanding Twirling Lines. For over 80 years twirlers have been an integral part of the band's auxiliary presence on the field, in parades, and in the community. For decades, Frenship has become known as one of the premier programs for twirling excellence in west Texas. Our twirlers have performed at the local, state, and national levels and are proud to have won numerous awards and accolades in both UIL and the National Baton Twirling Association, including students who have been awarded
the UIL Outstanding Performer medal at the State Championships.
We look forward to working with you during this
audition process. Good Luck!
The state and local mandates related to Covid-19 have, of course, altered the way we normally conduct twirling auditions. So, this year will be a bit different.
Each student auditioning for high school twirler will create a video containing all of the required elements (listed below) along with a twirling routine of your choice.
Your video will be submitted to the band staff via this web page. All videos will be evaluated by the band staff and prominent twirling coaches & judges. Results will then be announced.
If you plan to audition for twirler, please complete this form
by June 12:
The Frenship Twirlers have two levels of participation at the high school -
the Varsity Twirling Line and the JV Twirling Line.
Students will indicate in their video if they are trying out for JV, for Varsity, or for both.
The criteria for auditions will be divided into the two levels of participation. These twirling techniques will be included in your video as required elements.
Each candidate is required to perform each of the elements in the One Baton and Two Baton sections, and at least show basic understanding in the Basic Technique section. (You do not have to demonstrate mastery of the Basic Technique section, just do your best.)
A routine will be performed by students auditioning for JV, Varsity, and Feature.
Candidates will perform a choreographed routine to music of your choice. This routine should display your twirling abilities with the use of multiple batons. If possible, please try to limit your routine to around 3 minutes or less (except for Feature).
If you are interested in auditioning for Feature Twirler please note the following:
Audition criteria - Varsity
Choreographed Routine - Include advanced elements that showcase your abilities above & beyond that of others, including three baton work in your routine and show us that you can travel while twirling
You must wear a twirling costume for your routine
Your routine may exceed the 3 minute suggested time limit
Note that you will only perform ONE routine. This routine will serve as a showcase for both your line audition AND your Feature audition.
It is important to note that there is NO set number of Feature Twirlers. Among other things, Feature Twirlers are chosen based on their exhibition of skills, poise, and attitude. If a prerequisite level of skill is not met, it is possible for no Feature Twirler to be chosen.
Twirling Video FAQ's
What do I use to create my video?
Just a simple cell phone video is fine. Doesn't have to be anything fancy. Please try to record close enough to the performer that we can see facial expressions, but far enough away that we can see the whole body. Be sure to record in landscape orientation, not portrait orientation (horizontal not vertical).
Where do I record my video?
What goes in my video?
Your video should include the following - IN THIS ORDER:
Say your full name
Tell us what grade you will be in next year
Tell us how long you have been twirling on a school line
Tell us what you're auditioning for - JV, Varsity, or Both
Demonstrate EACH of the One Baton elements in the order they are listed. Each element will be performed THREE times, then move to the next one.
Demonstrate EACH of the Two Baton elements in the order they are listed. Each element will be performed THREE times, then move to the next one.
Demonstrate EACH of the Basic Technique elements in the order they are listed. Remember, you don't have to master these elements, just show us that you have some basic understanding of each one. Please attempt each element three times.
Perform your choreographed routine.
Can I edit my video?
So that judges can see how you perform in real time, we prefer that you do not edit your video. Anyone can attempt a skill 75 times, and only show us the one time they got it right.
I finished my video, now what?
Once you have finished recording your video, you will upload it to your YouTube account. If you don't have a YouTube account, create one (or borrow someone else's).
I don't have a way to record. What do I do?
Find a friend or family member. We all know someone with a modern cell phone that you can borrow to make your video. If you can't find one, let us know via email and we'll help you find someone. :-)
How do I submit my video?
Just below this FAQ section is a button titled "Twirling Video Submission".
- Be sure to have enough light for a quality recording. Don't wait until sunset to record your video - light matters!
Use a tripod (if available) or prop your phone up on something. A steady camera helps to make a better recording. If you have someone holding your phone, just try to keep it steady.
Record in landscape orientation, not portrait orientation (horizontal not vertical).
Remember, this doesn't have to be a professional video - just be yourself and have fun!
What do I wear for my video?
Honestly, you can wear whatever you want.
Didn't find an answer?
If you have further questions about the video process, please contact Mr. Carter by email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
When you are ready to SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO, please click the button to the right. Fill out the related form, copy/paste the link to your YouTube video, and click Submit.
June 3 - Audition material published
June 12 - Deadline to complete interest form
June 19 - Deadline for video submission - 11:59 PM
June 20-23 - Videos judged
June 24 - Announcement of results