The Erie Thunderbirds next full corps rehearsal will be on December 17th, 2016 at McDowell Intermediate High School in Erie, PA. The first audition for percussion will be held on December 10th, please contact the Percussion Caption Head, Vincent Lucente, for more information. Both events will be from 10 AM to 8 PM. For more information, make sure to join our Facebook Group.
The 2016 season was a great season for the Erie Thunderbirds in which we celebrated our 60th anniversary. The Thunderbirds completed their second season back on the competitive field participating in both SDCA and DCA.
The Erie Thunderbirds broke the corps best score in the history of the corps in Prelims, and also made history in making DCA Finals for the first time since 1981. At finals, the corps broke their highest score from prelims and scored 77.75 to take Second Place in Class A. The Thunderbirds also took home awards for High Color Guard and our Drum Major, Kelly Woodward, took home the award for Best Drum Major. Trisha Hardner also took home her second straight medal for her individual performance on marimba.
The Erie Thunderbirds have completed their 2015 with a successful trip to Rochester, NY to compete in DCA Championships for the first time in 30 over years. The Thunderbirds placed 6th in Class A with a score of 70.05 in their first season. Our very own Trisha Hardner also had a very impressive performance to take home 1st place on her marimba solo during the Individual Competition.Our Corps Director, Sean Bartlett, was voted Class A 2015 Director of the Year by the other directors of DCA. The Thunderbirds traveled as far as Racine, WI and Waterloo, Ontario in Canada in 2015.
The corps has completed the dream of many to bring a competitive drum corps back to the Erie area, and the corps had membership from 7 High Schools in the Erie area as well as several members from Ohio - as far as Columbus. The Thunderbirds would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support, and would personally like to thank every VIP Club Sponsor who helped make this season a success.
DCA Welcomes the Erie Thunderbirds
Congratulations to the Erie Thunderbirds! We have passed the DCA Evaluation and are now member of Drum Corps Associates. YOu can read the story from DCA at http://dcacorps.org/?p=3938
For more information about our season, and our few remaining spots - please feel free to contact us.
The Erie Thunderbirds are officially back. The corps returned to the Drum Corps community with a successful first show in Dubois, PA on June 14th, 2014. During the Small Drum Corps Association event, the Erie Thunderbirds place 2nd overall. At the North East Cherry Festival on July 19th, 2014, the Erie Thunderbirds placed 1st overall in both the parade and the SDCA event. This victory gave the Steel City Ambassadors their first loss in SDCA competition in the 3 year existence of the region.
The 2014 Erie Thunderbirds concluding their competitive season in the Mini Corps Championships at DCA Championships Labor Day weekend in Rochester, NY. The Thunderbirds placed 7th out of 11 with a score of 77.167. On September 13th, the Thunderbirds performed at the McDowell LMBA show as an exhibition to show our support for all our high school marching members.