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DS Drumline Invitational

The Dripping Springs Band Program will sponsor its Annual Drumline Contest, Thunder In The Hills, on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Dripping Springs ISD Tiger Stadium. Now in our 7th successful year, the Dripping Springs contest has become a permanent fixture in Texas outdoor percussion events. Our last event included twenty-one 5A and 6A high school drumlines from throughout Texas, and audience attendance exceeded expectations once again as word has spread about this outstanding competition. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to ensuring the contest is an exceptional experience for all. Please join us in September, and check this website often as we continue to plan for our next competition.

Lance Brightwell, DSISD Percussion Director


The deadline for entering this year's Thunder in the Hills contest is Friday, September 12, 2015.


Location and Participation Details

Location: Dripping Springs Tiger Stadium, 111 Tiger Lane, Dripping Springs, TX
Audience Entry Fee: $7 general admission; $5 students/seniors
Complimentary passes are provided for directors, pit crew, and drivers.(Limit of 10 per performing unit.)
A full concession menu will be offered during the contest for your convenience and dining pleasure.
PRE-ORDERED MEAL DEALS ($8 each for choice of burger/pizza slice/2 hot dogs, plus fries and drink) ARE AVAILABLE TO COMPETITORS.
Please contact our concessions manager for more information or to place an order.
Contest T-Shirts will be available for sale at the event.
The DSMS Gymnasium will serve as our alternate indoor rain site.

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2015 Judges

                                                                    Alan Miller, Percussion Composer and Arranger

Alan Miller

Alan Miller

Alan Miller currently lives in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and works as a freelance composer/arranger, instructor, adjudicator, and clinician. Since 2002, Alan has been the front ensemble instructor for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. In addition to teaching the pit, he has been the front ensemble arranger/composer since 2011 and the staff coordinator for the corps since 2012.
Alan began his career with the corps in 1996 as a member of the front ensemble, then returning as section leader in '97 and '98. Alan attended and received his bachelor's degree from West Texas A&M University, where he studied percussion with Dr. Susan Tariq and conducting with Dr. Gary Garner. During his time at WT, Alan was a member of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, serving as a percussionist and timpanist for 9 seasons.
Alan is also involved in WGI, having served as an instructor and music director for Metro Alliance from 2005-2007 and as the front ensemble arranger for Gateway Percussion in 2012. Alan has been the arranger/composer for The Cavaliers' indoor percussion ensemble Green Thunder Percussion since 2013, a WGI Independent World Class Semi-Finalist.
Alan has arranged both battery and pit music for several Texas state marching band finalist bands including Coppell HS (3rd place, 2008) and Dripping Springs HS (1st place, 2009; 2nd place, 2011), and is currently serving as wind arranger and program coordinator for Guyer High School in Denton, TX. Alan has also arranged for groups outside of Texas and has presented clinics throughout much of the United States, as well as in Japan. Alan is an Innovative Percussion educational artist and is published through Tapspace and Drop6.

Tom Aungst

Tom Aungst

Tom Aungst

Tom Aungst is the Director of Percussion at Dartmouth Public Schools in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. His job includes teaching percussion students at all levels of the program, from beginners starting in 5th grade to middle and high school students. Mr. Aungst has been in the Dartmouth school system for the past 23 years. Under Tom’s direction, Dartmouth has participated in the WGI indoor percussion activity since 1998, capturing five World Class Percussion Championships (1998,1999,2008,2009,2014), and has consistently placed in the top three.
Mr. Aungst has also been involved in the Drum Corps activity for over 34 years. Tom recently stepped into the DCI arena again in 2015 by becoming the caption head for the percussion section of the Carolina Crown Drum Corps. Mr. Aungst got his start in the late 70’s by marching with the Reading Buccaneer’s all-age corps, winning two DCA World Championships in 1979 and 1980. He was also formerly with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, first as a member from 1981 through 1984, then as the Percussion Arranger and Caption Head through 2008 and later returning as a consultant in 2013. While with the corps Tom was involved with capturing nine world championships and 7 percussion awards. Mr. Aungst has always remained actively involved in Drum Corps activity, recently writing for the Cadets two all-age corps in 2013, and working with various groups like the Blue Stars, Pacific Crest, Hawthorn Caballeros, and the Connecticut Hurricanes. Tom is a member of The Cadets, Drum Corps International and WGI Hall of Fame.
Mr. Aungst is a Graduate of West Chester University, where he received his bachelors in Music Education. He also holds a Masters in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University. Tom is a Vic Firth, Yamaha, Zildjian, and Remo artist.

Chris Hestin

Chris Hestin

Chris Hestin

Chris Hestin has been an active WGI Percussion adjudicator, serving recently on the WGI Percussion Steering Committee and currently as the WGI Percussion Judge Coordinator. He also serves as the Percussion Judge Coordinator for the Mid-East Judges Association, Indiana Percussion Association, Rocky Mountain Percussion Association, and Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association. In addition, Chris also annually presents judge training clinics for various circuits in anticipation of the winter season. In the fall, he adjudicates for Bands of America/ Music for All, PIMBA of Western Pennsylvania, and several other circuits around the country.
Chris served from 2011 through 2013 as the Percussion Caption Head and Arranger for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, having previously served in the same capacity for the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps and as Percussion Specialist for the Kiski Area School District. His passion for the activity began as a member of the Phantom Regiment and has continued through years of teaching, coordinating, and arranging.
He holds BAs in Music Education and Music Composition from Indiana University of PA having studied with Dr. Gary Olmstead, Dr. Jack Stamp, and Daniel Perlongo. While pursuing a Masters in Music Technology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh he focused on commercial scoring and sound design with Bill Purse. He continues to be inspired by the endless possibilities of melding acoustic and electronic sound mapping in the pageantry arts. Chris currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Nellie.

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2014 Thunder in the Hills Contest Results

2014 TITH Contest Results

Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to all competitors - see you next year!

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