ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

September 2nd, 2014

On Aug. 29, 2014 members of the Herd of Thunder Marching Band here at the University of South Florida participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after accepting the challenge from the Marching Chiefs at Florida State University.  The HOT band, with the help of our University chapters of ΚΚΨ, ΦΜΑ, ΣΑΙ, ΤΒΣ, and NAfME, raised $1000.00 to be donated to ALS research.  Here is a link to our Ice Bucket Challenge Video.  Enjoy!

Camp is almost here!

August 1st, 2014

HOT Band camp will be here before you know it. In just a couple of weeks the Herd of Thunder Marching Band will be back together.

It is going to be another record breaking year. We are expecting the largest turnout in the Herd of Thunder’s history for the first day and “First Year Member” auditions are going to play an important part in how the band shapes up.

If you are planning on auditioning as a new member, by now you should have contacted us through our Prospective Member Form. If you have not done so, please do so now. The information you provide allows us to prepare for you to be here. It will also give us an outlet to get in touch with you to make sure that you have everything that you need for a successful audition.

To all of our returning members, we look forward to seeing you back for another season!

Everyone, please take a look at the Marching Band Handbook before you arrive for the season. Information for just about everything that you need to know for the season is available in it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Jason Bombaugh in the HOT Office for assistance.

Parade Information

July 1st, 2014

Parade Schedule

8:00 – Get Instruments/Equipment at USF
*Note – all brass instruments are currently disassembled for the summer. If you have your own, I recommend you use it. I do not care about them being silver. If you need one of ours, that’s completely fine. Just get here in time to put it together. Bring some valve oil/slide grease

8:45 – Depart for parade via BullRunner. We only have one bus so it is going to make a couple of trips. If you would rather meet us there you can, but you’ll have to walk back to your car after the parade. I recommend going on the BullRunner

10:00 – Parade Begins

12:00 (approx.) – Parade ends. BullRunner will make a couple of trips back to campus.

12:30 – Turn instruments/equipment back in.

12:31 – Enjoy the rest of your summer.

HOT t-shirt, Khaki shorts, tennis shoes, HOT Ball cap

We’ll bring water, but you are welcome to bring your own.

4th of July Parade

July 1st, 2014

The HOT Band has been asked to march in the Temple Terrace 2014 Fourth of July Parade. (more…)

Spring Game – Saturday, March 29, 2014

March 26th, 2014

Game Day Schedule for HOT Band Members

11:30-1:30 – Check out instruments from Bruce (at SoM)
2:00 – Call Time behind USF Baseball Stadium (on Sycamore)
2:15 – Warm Up – Drum Major Candidates
3:00 – Mini Road Show in front of Soccer Stadium
3:15 – Break into groups to interview candidates
3:45 – National Anthem
4:00 – Kick Off
6:00 (approx.) – Game ends
6:30 – Check in instruments (at SoM)


  • Please wear shorts and the HOT T-Shirt
  • Voting will go much faster if you bring a pencil/pen
  • Anybody who marched this year is eligible to perform. Also, since you have a vested interest in the continued success of the band, anybody who marched this year will also be allowed to vote for the candidates.
  • We have four candidates auditioning for two spots. Your votes will determine the 2014 HOT Drum Majors.
  • This is a free event if your family/friends would like to attend.
  • We will collect all HOT instruments at the end of the game (except Show Band).
  • Sun Screen is your friend!

New Site Design

November 13th, 2013

Our website has a new look! Feel free to look around. More to come soon.

Student Info Form 2013

April 22nd, 2013

If you are planning on being a member of the Herd of Thunder Marching Band for fall 2013, please fill out the form found at this link: 2013 Student Info Form

2013 Drumline Audition Information

April 8th, 2013

The Herd of Thunder Marching Band will be holding Drum Line auditions for the Fall 2013 season on the following dates:

  • Saturday, May 25
  • Saturday, June 22
  • Saturday, July 27


2013 Color Guard Auditions ***UPDATED

February 25th, 2013

The Herd of Thunder Marching Band will be holding Color Guard auditions for the upcoming 2013 season on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00am – 4:00pm at the USF School of Music. For more information about Herd of Thunder Color Guard auditions, please contact Jamie Dyer at

2013 Feature Twirler Auditions ***UPDATED

February 25th, 2013

The Herd of Thunder Marching Band will be holding Feature Twirler auditions for the upcoming 2013-14 school year on Saturday, May 11 from 8:00am – 10:00am at the USF School of Music.  For more information about Feature Twirler auditions, please contact Jamie Dyer at