To all NEW and RETURNING members of the Thunder, you must do the following to come prepared for Open House Auditions on November 30, 2013
Tampa Bay Thunder will be hosting it's 2014 Open House on the weekend of November 30 - December 1. Camp will begin with registration at 8am on Saturday and camp beginning at 9am. The corps will spend the evening at the rehearsal facility as well.
There is a mandatory registration fee for all members at their first camp.
Thunder moving to new league!
The Tampa Bay Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps was formed in 1999. During the 2000 & 2001 seasons it competed in DCI Division II/III, then after a 10 year absence from the activity Thunder returned to the field in 2011 in DCA competition. DCA provided our members an opportunity to participate in the drum corps activity at a significantly reduced cost and time commitment.
We would like to thank all those at DCA for having us participate in the limited events we have done so during the past three summers, giving our members exposure to the DCA circuit. It is our belief that being a Florida based drum corps and the intermittency of participation, performance opportunities, and the extended season until Labor Day weekend is not what our members and staff were looking for.
The average age of Tampa Bay Thunder during the past three years was 16.5 years old with some older members mixed in. These individuals want the opportunity to compete at the highest level without a 20 plus day gap in between shows and the organization wants to provide such an opportunity. We have also found that operating the corps on a part time basis creates a less committed group of individuals.
The Tampa Bay Thunder will be hosting its Open House auditions in November on Thanksgiving weekend at our Home Facility in Odessa, Florida. We are currently working on the announcement of some new staff changes and consultants to help guide us into the transition of DCI competition. As like any new corps or re-emerging corps, we will be subject to a DCI evaluation in the spring of 2014 and being part of DCA during the past three years has allowed us the time to be prepared.
The corps will also have a different look for 2014 as we continue to work the show concept and those announcements will be posted shortly!
The Tampa Bay Thunder is reducing the amount of unused inventory in order to generate some additional capital for new purchases in 2014.
Here is a list of items for sale:
80 Pairs of Used While Bibbers – Various sizes - $10.00 each
2 King Tuba’s - $2000.00 $1800.00 each plus shipping
1 Xylophone – Majestic - $1,500.00 plus shipping
1 set of chimes - Majestic - $600.00 plus shipping
12 King Marching Trumpets w/case - $525 each + shipping
3 Majestic 4.3oct Synthetic Field Frame Marimbas - $2500 each $2200 each + shipping
2 Majestic 3.0oct Field Frame Vibraphones - $2200 $1500 each + shipping