Thunder is a noise that holds great power and begs for respect from all who are near, so it only makes sense that the Tiger Drumline hosts the Thunder in the Hills Drumline contest annually.
Bands from around Texas are given the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a renowned panel of judges from across the country. In its 8th year, Thunder in the Hills will host judges Tim Jackson, Caleb Roth, Brad Meyer, and Ray Ulibarri. All are encouraged to come.
“If you’ve never attended a drumline contest, it’s a lot of fun and really cool to see,” percussion instructor Jason Dye said.
“Seeing all the innovative and creative things that students can do from just percussion instruments is the interesting part,” Band Director Keith Lancaster said.
Bands that compete at Thunder in the Hills use a wide range of instruments, from basic percussion instruments such as the timpani to African instruments and even electronic keyboards.
“Preparing for it is absolutely not my favorite part,” Dye said, “and it’s been nothing but a headache.”
Although the preparations for such a fun event may be difficult, the journey seems to be worth the wait.
“That’s going to be a fun part, getting some advice for us to make our group better. That ought to be a lot of fun,” Dye said.
In addition to providing helpful tips on improving Tiger Band’s Drumline and showcasing statewide bands, Thunder in the Hills is a great fundraiser.
“It’s also a good public relations tool to connect with other schools and bands in the area,” Band Director Derek Woods said.
In both the business and competitive world, public relations is crucial. Thunder in the Hills will be held at the Tiger Stadium on Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
As Lancaster said, “If you want to see some great drumming and see a really cool and competitive event, come on out.”
Written by Emily Curran