“The past two years being a part of the Golden Wave Marching Band have truly blessed and enriched my college experience. From the time I began twirling, I have always wanted to twirl for a University because the crowd participation and traditions are unmatched. Not only do I get to perform at each game, I also get the amazing opportunity for being a representative of such a prestigious institution. One of my favorite parts of college twirling has been the opportunity to travel to different schools and see the different traditions and even sometimes other twirlers. Homecoming is another huge Baylor tradition because it gives the alumni the change to come back and see how the school has changed. Baylor has one of the biggest homecoming parades in the nation which is led by the twirlers and the marching band. Also, the past Golden girls come back and perform with each of us during the game. Over the past season, the Golden Waves Band has put on a variety of different shows including, Cartoon Theme Songs, Thriller, the Beatles and Classic Rock. I have loved every moment of performing each week and am looking forward to all the memories the following years will hold.”
“DaNae and Bruiser, the Baylor mascot, entertain their fans at a home game.”
“DaNae ‘flies through the air with the greatest of ease’ before the Golden Wave Band and the good ol’ Baylor Line.”
“Young children attending the HP Scots home games this year have asked one question during halftime, “Where’s Carly?” Carly Bender, a 2008 Highland Park graduate and a student at SMU, is now performing with the Mustand Band during the Mustangs’ home football games.”
via The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette of Little Rock
October 19, 2008
Arkansas Newcomer Janice Jackson Seamonds is working to build a community of baton twirlers.
“I’ve found little pockets of baton twirlers all over the country,” Seamonds said, “and one of my goals is to bring them together.”
Students enrolling in classes at Central Baton Twirling can expect to receive instruction from a veteran baton twirler.
Seamonds began twirling when she was 8 years old. She then started a baton-twirling studio 38 years ago in Dallas, and after moving to Conway a year ago, she opened Central Arkansas Twirling Studio, which has been operating for three months.
A variety of classes are available to suit any level of talent, from beginners to world competitors, 4 year olds to college age.
In addition to providing a physical activity, baton twirling teaches students poise, confidence and how to present themselves.
“I want baton twirling to be a positive experience for everyone,” Seamonds said. “I strive to build my students’ self-esteem and self-confidence.”
Once a student enrolls in classes, Seamonds orders batons that are correctly sized to the students, tote bags and uniforms for performances.
“Baton twirling teaches students to set goals and to achieve those goals,” Seamonds said. “Plus, we travel to different competitions, so there is an opportunity to meet people from all over the country.”
Twirlers from Central Arkansas Baton Twirling Studio will perform in the Conway Christmas parade. Students who qualify also will travel to Notre Dame for a national competition in July and to Belgium for a world competition in April.
Students compete through the National Baton Twirling Association.