Performance. Education. Community.

Moving Forward...Growing Into a Second Decade

The  Crystal Lake Strikers are in their second decade of entertaining audiences and educating young performers. Started in 2008 as an outlet for drummers beyond their college marching band days, the Strikers have grown to include five student ensembles numbering 125+ members.

The Strikers 'Adult Line' has performed in front of millions of people live and on television.  Our student groups have grown in number, educational accomplishment, and competitive achievement each year.

As we continue our growth, we are excited to see what the future holds. That future will require funds to invest in our programs and our students

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Crystal Lake Strikers

54B Lou St

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

NEW Early Elementary School Drum Camp

The Crystal Lake Strikers is pleased to announce an Early Elementary School Drum Camp.  This fun camp is designed for boys and girls in 2nd through 4th grade.  

The camp is designed to focus on basic drumming concepts and techniques utilizing a variety of fun percussion instruments.

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Strikers Receive Grant

The Crystal Lake Strikers have earned a grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation (BACF) to support expansion of the organization’s award-winning Kingpins program for special needs students.

The growth of the Kingpins has led to a desire to expand the reach beyond its home in Crystal Lake. The generous grant from BACF will provide transportation and equipment to make that dream possible.

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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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