Crystal Lake Thunder is an affiliate program of The Cavaliers presented by Crystal Lake Strikers of Crystal Lake, Ill. This new Independent Percussion ensemble will offer young male and female percussionists a competitive performance outlet in the Chicagoland area that builds on the shared resources, style, and excellence of The Cavaliers' award-winning programs and ensembles.
Thunder is a co-ed percussion ensemble that will compete in Winter Guard International’s Independent A class in 2017, with The Cavaliers providing direct assistance in the areas of staffing, instruction, design, and operations.
“Teaming with the Strikers to create Crystal Lake Thunder as an affiliate is an exciting step forward for our growing family of Cavalier programs, including The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, Cavaliers Indoor Percussion, Chromium Winds, Classic Cavaliers, and GearWORKS,” said Chris Lugo, Executive Director of The Cavaliers' organization.
“Dramatically increasing the number of students we serve is a key priority for us, and I’m glad that we’ve found a great opportunity to partner and deliver a new competitive performance experience for local students with the launch of Thunder!”
Crystal Lake Thunder auditions will be held in conjunction with Cavaliers Indoor Percussion’s 2017 auditions at West Leyden High School on October 30 and November 6.