Spirit of Gold Colorguard

The Spirit of Gold Guard

The Vanderbilt Spirit of Gold Colorguard is one of the most visible aspects of Vanderbilt football games with members performing on both flag and rifle. Joining the Spirit of Gold Colorguard will allow you to make friendships that last a lifetime and create some of the most memorable experiences of your life! Membership is open to all students attending Vanderbilt University as well as other Nashville area universities (including Belmont University, Lipscomb University, Nashville State Community College, and Trevecca Nazarene University among others).


Rehearsals are held three times a week:

  • Tuesday 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • Thursday 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • Friday 5:30pm-7:30pm

An additional rehearsal is held on Saturday mornings the day of home football games (exact timing varies depending on kickoff time). Check out our entire Game Day schedule here!

Practices are held at either McGugin Athletic Fields, the indoor field house in the Student Recreation Center, or on Dudley Field at FirstBank Stadium.  

Band Camp

Band Camp is held a week before classes begin and includes extensive training in marching and playing at the college level. In addition to regular rehearsals,  numerous   social  activities throughout   the week give students a chance to relax and meet new friends! The band's early arrival on campus provides  each individual   an opportunity to get settled in the residence halls, rent books, make tons of new friends, and adjust to a new environment and a new independence before classes begin. Attendance at camp is mandatory.


The Spirit of Gold Color Guard marches flags and rifles.

Auditions / Placement Assessment

There are no auditions for the Spirit of Gold Color Guard.

The Vanderbilt Athletic Bands accept all persons willing to put in the effort to make the band successful. The purpose of the Placement Assessment is to make sure everyone is placed in a role that allows for success without undue stress. The Athletic Bands move quickly, and we understand that our members are students. Every year, we have members who have never marched before and quickly become valuable members.

The Spirit of Gold Guard will hold placement assessments at the start of band camp. Contact us here to request more information and materials.


The Spirit of Gold Colorguard typically travels to at least one away game each season (if the game is held in Knoxville, we will travel to the Tennessee game).    

The Spirit of Gold will also travel to any post-season bowl games.    

Travel and food are provided at no cost to the students.


Members get paid to be a part of the Vanderbilt Colorguard! While there is an initial nominal fee to join the Spirit of Gold Marching Band (which covers uniform cleaning, t-shirt, band banquet, and some social events) students receive a Service Award at the end of the season. Additional items for purchase include extra gloves, black marching band shoes, and maintenance of your personal instrument. All other uniform items and travel costs (hotels, meals, etc.) are provided free to all members.