Twirling Auditions

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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!

 

Audition Info

Each student auditioning for high school twirler may attend a training session to be held Monday, May 3, 4:30-5:30, and the high school Band Hall.

At this training session, the twirling coach will review all of the required elements (listed below) in preparation for the auditions. 

In addition to showcasing the required elements, you will also perform a choreographed routine of your choice at the audition.

Twirling Auditions (for the lines) will be Monday, May 17, 5:00-6:30 PM, at the HS Band Hall.  (We'll meet at the band hall, then move to the gym for the auditions)

If you plan to audition for twirler, please complete this form:

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Audition Criteria

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The Frenship Twirlers have two levels of participation at the high school - 

the Varsity Twirling Line and the JV Twirling Line.

Students may audition 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 assessed at the audition 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.)

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One Baton

  • Back hand catch

  • Blind catch

  • Double elbow roll

  • Fishtails

  • Two spin horizontal

  • Two spin vertical

  • Toss illusion

Two Baton

  • Toss, pass over head, pass over arm

  • Horizontal box toss neck wrap

  • Horizontal / Vertical

  • Vertical / Vertical

  • Backhand / Vertical toss

Basic Technique

  • Three spin

  • Three elbow roll

  • Three baton (juggles & horizontal box)

Varsity

One Baton

  • One turn backhand catch

  • One turn blind catch

  • Three elbow roll

  • Fishtails with carry

  • Three spin horizontal

  • Three spin vertical

  • Toss illusion

Two Baton

  • Toss, pass over head, pass over arm

  • Horizontal box toss neck wrap

  • Horizontal / Vertical

  • Vertical / Vertical

  • Backhand / Vertical toss

Basic Technique

  • One turn, catch under leg, fight hand (fujimi catch)

  • Angel roll

  • Three baton (juggles & horizontal box)

Choreographed Routine

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).

 

Feature Twirler

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 will be 5-6 minutes in length to the music of your choice.

  • You may edit more than one piece of music together to create your routine.

  • You will perform one routine (shortened version) for the line audition (May 17), and the full version for your Feature audition (May 19).

  • The Feature audition will be held in the Indoor Practice Facility on the artificial turf.

  • The audition will be May 19, 4:00 PM.

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.

 

Timeline

May 3 - Twirling Training Session, 4:30-5:30 PM, HS Band Hall

May 17 - Twirling Auditions, 5:00-6:30, HS Band Hall

May 19 - Feature Twirler Auditions, 4:00 PM, Frenship IPF