Performance. Education. Community.

Welcome to the Crystal Lake Strikers

The Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline has been entertaining audiences around Chicagoland for more than 10 years.  With their signature bowling shirts, the Strikers are one of the most sought-after entertainers at parades, sporting and community events throughout Northwest Suburban Chicago.  

Learn more about one of the areas favorite performing groups.

In addition to the Strikers Drumline, the organization has developed a strong reputation in performing arts education.  We offer award-winning programs for young percussionists, color guard performers and special needs students.  For more information on any of our education programs, click 'PROGRAMS' above.

With growth comes a need for help from our community.  As a 501(c)3 non-profit, donations to the Crystal Lake Strikers are tax-deductible.

Strikers Award 2020 Scholarships

At the Strikers' Evening of Percussion, eight scholarship winners from Strikers' ensembles were announced. They included:

William Laskey Memorial: Mikey Speziale

Tim Althoff Memorial: Emma Cross

Strikers: Mia Chahmirzadi, Brittany James, Brendan Schoneberg, Kris Sanchez, Linnea Sardina, Ana Munoz, and Nathan Melchert.

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Kingpins win State Award

The Kingpins received the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s Outstanding Program or Special Event Award in Division I at its Annual Meeting on Friday, January 24. This prestigious honor is bestowed on only one organization per division. 

The Kingpins Drumline, in its first year of existence, is a cooperative effort between the Strikers and the Northern Illinois Recreation Association (NISRA),

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Crystal Lake Strikers members perform with Kanye West

Recently, various members of the Crystal Lake Strikers performed with Kanye West's Church Service

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Crystal Lake Thunder Advances to WGI Finals

The Crystal Lake Thunder advanced to WGI Finals during the WGI competition in Dayton OH on April 12th, 2019

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Convergence Winterguard Takes Top Honors

For the 3rd consecutive year in a row, the Convergence Winterguard captures 1st place in Independent Regional A Class during the Midwest Color Guard Circuit competition

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