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What is Thunder Brigade?


Thunder Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps is a non-profit, performance education based, competitive ensemble serving the Mid-Atlantic region. We are dedicated to providing our members with exciting and distinctive performance experiences. Based in Laurel, MD, Thunder will be a member of Drum Corps Associates (DCA) and will compete at the 2014 DCA World Championships in Rochester, NY. Additionally, this group will perform in several other settings including, sporting events, parades, exhibitions, concerts, and field shows.


Managed by Mighty Sound Productions, Inc., Thunder Brigade is an organization driven by excellence in performance and has some of the most talented arrangers and educators in the drum corps activity. The program was organized in 2012, as an all age drum corps to offer performance opportunities to all interested drum corps performers from the Mid-Atlantic Region (Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, West Virginia and south central Pennsylvania). Thunder encourages participation by performers who have aspirations of marching in DCI (Drum Corps International), former members of DCI corps and other DCA programs that still yearn for the excitement of highly competitive performance experience on a drum corps field.


As an all-age corps, Thunder Brigade will rehearse on one Saturday and two Sundays per month during the winter season (December to March) and on select weekends throughout the spring and summer months with July and August being the most active for competitions and performances. Thunder’s rehearsal/performance schedule is designed for our members and staff to maintain family, work and school commitments while still being involved in a world-class competitive organization. Competitive success in the drum corps activity requires many hours of dedicated practice at home and ensemble rehearsal. The feeling of accomplishment at the end of the season along with the creation of lifelong friendships and memories will be worth the time and effort.


Funded solely by membership and community support, tremendous effort and participation is necessary to create and operate a world-class competitive drum and bugle corps. Thunder Brigade wishes to thank all supporters who have offered us their encouragement and resources.  We look forward to meeting all members at our Open House to build a championship organization that will proudly represent the Mid-Atlantic Region.



Thunder Brigade Values


We appreciate our people

  by attracting the best people as members, staff, and supporters, and caring for them as they are the most important components of our organization.


Honesty

  by treating our members, staff, and supporters in a fair and honest manner.  By remaining transparent, all members and staff will be completely informed every step of the way throughout the entire experience.


We contribute to our community

  we are high energy entertainers and represent our regional community as a class organization and support other civic minded programs with our efforts.



FAQ


Who is eligible to participate?

Thunder Brigade is an all age drum and bugle corps that will participate in the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) circuit.  Prospective members must be at least 14 years of age.


Where do rehearsals take place?

Thunder Brigade has three rehearsal sites with easy access from Interstate 95:






What is the cost of member tuition?

Member dues for Thunder Brigade are $600.00 for the season.  Dues are scheduled to be paid in installments coinciding with winter rehearsals during the winter/spring portion of the season.  There will be a uniform fee due.  The amount of the uniform fee is unknown, however Thunder Brigade is committed to keeping such fee at $150.00 or less.  Fundraising opportunities will be available throughout the season to assist with dues.


What kinds of financial assistance are available?

Thunder Brigade will provide a different fund raising opportunity for all members monthly, from January through June.  By taking full advantage of these opportunities, any motivated member can easily fund-raise the entirety of their member dues.


What is Thunder Brigade’s schedule?

        Thunder Brigade’s schedule can be broken into the following categories:


        2013:

Thunder Brigade will have an open house on November 30, 2013, and a rehearsal on December 14, 2013 (brass and percussion only);


        Winter, 2014:

All members of Brass and Percussion will have 2 rehearsal days per month.  Percussion dates are generally on Sundays to allow prospective members to participate in indoor/winter drum line ensembles.


        Spring, 2014:

All members begin rehearsals every weekend, Saturday and Sunday (including color guard).  See calendar for more specific dates.


        Summer, 2014:

All members will have rehearsal every weekend, including Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday (barring show days).  The official summer rehearsal/performance schedule will be announced by the Executive Director once spring rehearsals begin.

For specific dates and times through Memorial Day Weekend, 2014, please refer to our calendar.  Full summer schedule will be posted in Spring once it is set.


Who can I speak to for further info?

All questions regarding membership, events, etc, can be directed to Reginald Alignay, Reggie@ThunderBrigade.org




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