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The guard and twirlers perform with the Pride during the football season. We also have performances and competitions in the spring semester. With the UND Guard, you have the opportunity to spin and perform all year!

We spin 5 ½ foot poles along with rifles –depending on the skill level and interest of the group. Dance is also incorporated into the choreography.

Do not have a lot of dance or spinning experience? Not a problem! We work as a team so that everyone can get the basics down and we will work with you so that you are comfortable with the choreography.

By becoming a member of the guard you can get class credit as well! Just sign up for Marching/Athletic Band and attend band camp the week before classes start.

The goal of the UND Colorguard is to provide an opportunity for students to participate in an outstanding performance group. We are a unit that teaches teamwork and performance skills, as well as building confidence and self-esteem. We also have a lot of fun doing it!

The guard is also open to many different performance and competition opportunities. In spring 2011, the guard was able to travel down to Orlando, Florida for the Twirl Mania competition. There we placed 3rd in our parade performance, 5th in our group performance, as well as 1st and 2nd places in our member's solo routines. We look forward to many other performance and competition opportunities in the future.

We are a close-knit team that works hard to perform great! If you want to make new friends, get class credit for spinning and performing, and have fun then the University of North Dakota Colorguard is the perfect place for you!

  Want to join the Color Guard?

E-mail the Color Guard Coach Shannon Helseth. For more information about the entire marching band, email the Pride of the North  Professor Brooks.


The Emeraldettes, the premier twirling squad in the upper Midwest, perform with the Pride of the North Marching Band at all the home games and away games each year. In addition to football half-time shows, the Emeraldettes also compete each year in Twirl Mania International Baton Championships in Orlando, Florida.

There is not a specific number of spots available on the Pride of the North twirling line. The number of Emeralettes depends on the caliber of the applicants. Currently there are five members on the line for the 2013-2014 season. They are led by Florida native Katie Kwak.


To apply to be an Emeralette, contact Professor Brooks or at 701-777-4396 to express your interest. You will be asked to submit a video performance, either online or DVD, that highlights a variety of skill that include using one-three batons.