The Marching Colonels have a new frontline for the 2019 homecoming parade. The Maroonettes, the new majorettes of the Marching Colonels, made their debut as an official section of the band during the parade.

Maroonette coach, Trey Michael Taylor said he is excited for the team to perform.

“It’s pretty hype, you’ll have to see it! It’s something that will definitely be worth seeing,” Taylor said.

While the Maroonettes are majorettes, and indeed they take their name from the term, the women on this team follow in the tradition of southern historically black colleges. They practice step dancing rather than baton twirling. 

Much like the dance team and color guard, the Maroonettes are at the games and other events to add a unique artistic element to the show, said marching band director, Tim Wiggins. He says that audiences should look forward to seeing their new uniforms, appearing for the first time at the homecoming parade. 

Originally starting out as a student government organization, the Maroonettes contacted the marching band last year to see if they could participate in part of the show. After success with their performance for homecoming and at a basketball game, they were invited to become an official auxiliary section of the band.

Currently, the team is comprised of eight members. The Maroonettes are led by their captain, Jada Clayton, a sophomore education major.

Information for how you can join can be found on their website under the membership registration form at ekubands.eku.edu/eku-marching-colonels.

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