Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there an audition fee?
    • Yes, it is $40. We accept cash, card, or check. Checks should be made payable to "Associated Students" and please write "Aztec Winter Guard" in the memo section of the check.
    • If you are submitting a video audition, you will be sent a link to pay the audition fee online. 
  • Do I have to be a San Diego State University student to join?
    • No, everyone is welcome :)
  • Is there an age limit?
    • There is no age limit for the fall guard.
    • For the winter guards, we must adhere to the WGI policy as stated below:
      • Independent A Class color guards from the United States may utilize performers not over 22 years of age as of 12:01 a.m. on April 1st of any given year.
      • Independent Open Class color guards from the United States may utilize performers not over 23 years of age as of 12:01 a.m. on April 1st of any given year.
  • What if I can't attend auditions but still want to try out for the guard?
    • Please email Michele at and she will send you the information so you can submit a video audition. 
  • What group is the audition for?
    • The audition is for all 3 groups - Fall 2018 Marching Aztecs Color Guard and the 2018-2019 Aztec Winter A & Open Guards. You will be able to specify which guard(s) you are auditioning for. 
  • When will I know if I made the team?
    • Within 1 week after auditions you will receive an email indicating your status depending on what you auditioned for.
  • Can I attend the auditions just to spin even though I'm not actually auditioning?
    • Auditions are for those that are interested in marching only. You may attend one of our clinics if you just wish to spin with us instead. 
  • What do I wear for auditions?
    • Form fitting all black rehearsal/dance attire. Dance, jazz, ballet shoes or barefoot is preferred to athletic shoes. Hair must be pulled back and out of the face in a ponytail or bun. 
  • Can I bring a guest to watch me audition?
    • This is a closed audition. Guests must stay in the lobby outside the gym.
  • Will there be any food provided?
    • No, but there are plenty of fast restaurants and markets around the campus available and in walking distance for lunch.  There is a water fountain outside the gym to refill water bottles. Breaks will be given throughout the day in addition to a 1 hour lunch break. 
  • Who will be teaching/judging the auditions?
    • Members of the SDSU fall and winter guard staff as well as some of our clinicians. 
  • What should I bring with me?
    • Completed and signed Participation Waiver (must be signed by a parent/guardian if you are under 18)
    • $40 Audition Fee
    • Equipment if you have your own
    • Water bottle/snacks
    • Lunch or money for lunch
    • $10 for a parking permit if you choose to park in the structure (P7). There is street parking available.
    • A great attitude and willingness to learn ;)

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our Director, Michele Mignogna, at or by using the form below.

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