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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Baton Twirling

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Minnesota State University, Mankato has a proud tradition of baton twirling opportunities that returned in the fall of 2015.  As we move toward the future we will officially be opening up auditions in the spring of 2018.  If you are interested in joining the Maverick Machine as a twirler please contact Director of Athletic Bands, Mr. Michael Thursby -
The audition will be based on videos submitted and we will make decisions on whether or not to continue with a feature twirler or move to more from the audition submissions.

Twirler Tryout Information

About the Position

The Maverick Machine Feature Twirler is an icon on campus. Performing at every home football game, at the away games/exhibition performances the band attends, and at any additional function requested. Because of this exposure, the Feature Twirler(s) 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(s) must maintain high academic standards and a strong work ethic. By following these guidelines, the next Maverick Machine Feature Twirler(s) will uphold the standards set forth by previous twirlers and will maintain the position for twirlers to come.

Ideal Applicant

- Knowledge that the twirler attends every band rehearsal, performance, leadership events, and function - essentially, acts just as every member of the band does
- High academic standards
- Required Tricks - Illusion / Illusion 1 spin, Flexibility for scales, leg holds, leaps, etc, Strong 2-3 baton skills, any addition tricks you wish to share!


- Send in an audition video to Mr. Michael Thursby by March 1, 2018 - email:
- Await further information via e-mail