Crystal Lake Thunder

2019 WGI Finalist

JOIN THE THUNDER

Thunder has a few spots open for the 2021-2022 season.  Contact us right away at thunder@clstrikers.com

ABOUT US

The Crystal Lake Thunder is an indoor drumline competing as a WGI Class A Independent group.  In their 3-year history they have grown from a beginner performance group into a WGI Finalist

Indoor drumline is a competitive winter-based pageantry art centered around rudimentary marching percussion. Stemming from competitive drum and bugle corps, the indoor drumline activity encompasses scholastic and independent circuits under one umbrella organization called Winter Guard International - or WGI. Thunder operates as an independent group, competing in the Percussion Independent A class. Most students of independent organizations range in age from 14 to 22, at which point you graduate from the activity. Each ensemble prepares a floor show lasting approximately 6 minutes, and spends their season rehearsing and perfecting their program until meeting mid-April in Dayton, Ohio for the WGI Percussion Championships.

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN

​First off, it is fun!


The Thunder is comprised of students who want to be challenged at the highest level.  If your desire is to be surrounded by other players who care, who are there to work hard together, and who will give their highest effort - then this is the place for you. 

Students that commit to an experience with Thunder are promised a top-caliber education in the realm of marching percussion. Beyond receiving instruction from a cohesive staff with decades of combined drumline experience, students will develop excellent habits - not only in the artistic realm of musicality and performance, but also the disciplines of personal accountability, time management, rehearsal etiquette, and teamwork. In the end, the most valuable aspects to gain are the lasting friendships and memories earned through a season of togetherness and perseverance.
 

HOW DO I AUDITION?

Contact us at thunder@clstrikers.com

 

Current audition materials will be provided when you register for the auditions.  The following links give examples of the audition materials from past years.    Battery   Front ensemble 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Tuition is approximately $1000 for the season. As we understand that students and families are met with varying financial situations, we have payment plans to address these needs.  Fundraising opportunities are available to reduce tuition.

HOW OFTEN DO WE PRACTICE?

Rehearsals are each Saturday from 10 am- 6 pm at Martin Elementary School.  Approximately once a month the Thunder adds a Sunday rehearsal.

 

HOW CAN PARENTS HELP?

Parents are absolutely vital to the success of the group. While nothing is formally required, the organization typically asks for help from parents with driving equipment trucks to venues, sewing uniforms, fundraising, and varying other logistically-oriented positions. If parents have any special skills (such as building props, transportation, fundraising etc.) and are willing to lend their abilities, please notify us of your specialties.

VOLUNTEER

For more information on volunteering or sponsoring a member with financial need, please contact Thunder Director, Khadijah Kellogg, via email at thunder@clstrikers.com

THUNDER STAFF

KHADIJAH KELLOGG - CO-DIRECTOR

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Khadijah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Public Relations from Carthage College. For many years Khadijah volunteered with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps and was a member of the corps media team in 2012 and 2015. She was previously an instructor for the Warren Township High School Marching Blue Devils. Khadijah currently works for the American Bar Association and volunteers with the Performing Arts Initiative for Students of Color (PAISOC).

BRYAN JAMISON - CO-DIRECTOR

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Bryan studied Music Education at VanderCook College of Music. As a performer, Bryan was a member of Green Thunder and the world class Cavaliers Indoor Percussion front ensembles. He currently works with the Lake Park High School and Batavia High School marching bands as their Front Ensemble Caption Head, designer, writer, and sound designer. He additionally teaches private lessons in the Northwest suburban area.

SAM SHEPARD - BATTERY COORDINATOR

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Sam graduated from Batavia High School and studied Music Education at Elmhurst College. He was a member of Green Thunder Percussion and Cavaliers Indoor Percussion between the years of 2012-2017. For several years in the Chicago-land area, he instructed the drumline at both Batavia High School and Lake Park High School. In 2017 he moved to Oakland, CA and was the Percussion Director at Dublin High School in Dublin, CA. He is happy to be back in Chicago spending time with his family and friends, and reconnecting with the pizza he missed so much while on the west coast.

JOSH VEZINA - SNARE TECHNICIAN

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Josh has been playing the snare for 10 years. He was on the snare line at Victor J Andrew high school for three years, marching both in the marching band and on the indoor line. He then attended Northern Illinois University where he was on the snare line for five years, spending three as the drum captain. During his time at NIU, he spent one winter season with Evolution Indoor as a member of the the snare line.

JOHN HIX - BASS TECHNICIAN

KATIE KLIPSTEIN - FRONT ENSEMBLE TECHNICIAN

DALE HALLERBERG - SENIOR ADVISOR

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Dale marched multi-tenor and marimba with the Cavaliers from 1977 to 1980. He also played snare in the University of Illinois drumline for 5 seasons - which including winning the first indoor drumline competition ever held. Dale taught the Cavaliers bassline for 5 seasons and was a DCI judge for 1 year, before taking a long break to raise two exceptional daughters with his wife Brenda. More recently he has played for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears, and the Crystal Lake Strikers.

DOCUMENTS:
   Student Handbook
   Parent Handbook

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